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Apache Subversion 1.7.5 Released

The Apache Subversion community has released another update to the popular version control system. The just-released Subversion 1.7.5 features a string of enhancements, including a performance improvement for scanning the working copy root, and a memory and file-handle management improvement. As usual, the release also includes some bug fixes:

  • a fix for regression from version 1.6 in update with –depth option
  • a fix for a potential use of already freed memory during diff operation
  • fix ‘svn update –depth=empty’ against 1.4 servers
  • a fix for undefined behaviour during multi-segment reverse merges

As ever, the latest binaries are available for free download from the WANdisco website, and users of uberSVN, the free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion, can easily upgrade to 1.7.5 from inside their installation. uberSVN is free to download and free to use, and not only did it turn one year old last month, but it came out of beta testing, to boot! uberSVN had a hugely successful first year: it was awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community.

The full list of what’s new and noteworthy in Apache Subversion 1.7.5, is available in the Changes file.

Subversion Access Control comes to uberSVN

It’s been a great first year for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. Not only has this unique, SVN-based product been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, it’s also received a positive response from the community, and some fantastic reviews by the IT media. However, we’ve also received requests from large development organizations that want to deploy uberSVN enterprise-wide, but need a fully functional security solution first. That’s why we’re excited to announce an update that combines the full authentication, authorization and audit capabilities of our enterprise-class Subversion Access Control product with uberSVN’s social coding capabilities, easy-to-use interface and uberAPPS store.

Here’s a summary of what the uberSVN Access Control uberAPP adds to uberSVN:

  • An easy-to-use, point-and-click interface that enables you to implement and maintain the most complex security policies with minimal effort.
  • Delegated administration features that allow team administrators to configure access control policy for their team’s members.
  • LDAP integration.
  • Audit capabilities that track every user access attempt at a granular level.
  • Support for environments without internet access.

uberSVN Access Control is available through uberAPPS. Simply click on the uberAPPS tab within your installation to request your uberSVN Access Control free trial license and we’ll help you get started.

Not yet using uberSVN? It’s free to download and free to use, simply visit http://www.ubersvn.com/download to get started.

WANdisco Celebrates uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release

As the uberSVN community will already know, uberSVN came out of beta last week with the 12.04 release. This award winning ALM platform for Apache Subversion is developed entirely in Sheffield (and has the Made in Sheffield mark to prove it!) To show our support for the local area, all of our uberSVN releases are named after local Sheffield venues. uberSVN 11.12 was codenamed ‘Blake’ and the just-released uberSVN 12.04 is the Chimney House release, after The Chimney House venue in Kelham Island, Sheffield.

After hearing we were naming our award-winning software after their venue, our friends at The Chimney House were kind enough to put on a private party for the WANdisco team. We all had a great time, and presented our friends at The Chimney House with a very special, uberSVN plaque to mark the occasion.

As this release marks uberSVN moving out of beta testing, we decided to really push the boat out, and ordered our very own uberSVN cupcakes from Sheffield-based cake company, Fancie. We think you’ll agree, Fancie did an amazing job!

We even posted a few boxes of uberSVN cupcakes from Crumbs and Doilies to some lucky recipients – we hope you all enjoyed your cake!

uberSVN 12.04 can be downloaded now. More information is available at the Release Notes.

Happy Birthday uberSVN!

uberSVN is one year old! It’s been a great first year for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. Not only has this unique, SVN-based product been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, but it’s received a positive response from the community, as well as some fantastic reviews by the IT media. To celebrate uberSVN turning one year old, we’ll be making an exciting announcement later this week – keep checking back for all the latest info! But for now, we’ll take a look back at everything that’s happened over the past twelve months.

Happy first birthday, uberSVN!

April 21st, 2011uberSVN is born! uberSVN is released with the first ever social coding environment for Apache Subversion. Subversion users now have the freedom to build their own complete, ALM solution from the open and closed source components of their choice.

June 1st, 2011Subversion 1.6.17 is released. These binaries are available through uberSVN, as soon as 1.6.17 is released.

July 14th, 2011Professional support for uberSVN is launched, meeting the needs of large development organizations who want to use open source software, but require the security provided by a commercial software support contract.

July 26th, 2011 – The uberAPPS store opens for business! uberSVN users can now enjoy easy one-click deployment with automatic updates, from all of WANdisco’s uberAPPS partners.

July 27th, 2011Jenkins comes to uberSVN through the uberAPPS store. Jenkins is an easy-to-use, continuous integration system to manage and control the application development lifecycle, including build, documentation, testing, and packaging.

August 16th, 2011 – uberSVN is awarded the prestigious ‘Made in Sheffield’ mark. “We take great pride in the fact that WANdisco has been awarded the Mark for uberSVN and that Sheffield is promoting the 21st Century diversity and excellence of companies based here,” says David Richards, WANdisco’s CEO.

August 19th, 2011uberSVN is released for Mac OS X.

October 11th, 2011Subversion 1.7 is released. This is major step forward for the Subversion community, and 1.7 is available through uberSVN on the day of its released.

November 14th, 2011 – uberSVN is awarded a medal for Business IT Innovation of the Year. “Receiving a medal at the BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Award is another great achievement, in what has been a fantastic year for both uberSVN and WANdisco,” says David Richards.

December 5th, 2011 – Another Subversion update arrives! Subversion 1.7.2 is available through uberSVN, on the day of its release.

December 15th, 2011 – uberSVN 11.12 is released, and we announce our codenaming strategy. Apple name their releases after big cats and Google name their releases after desserts, but since uberSVN is developed entirely in Sheffield, UK, we decide to show our support for the local area and name all of our releases after local pubs. uberSVN is codenamed ‘Blake,’ and we have a great night out at the Blake pub in Walkley, UK, to celebrate the release.

January 18th, 2012uTest comes to uberSVN! We announce a new partnership with our crowdsourcing friends, uTest. “We’re excited to join forces with WANdisco and make our service seamlessly available to the thousands of enterprises that rely on uberSVN’s free ALM platform for app development,” says Matt Johnston, CMO of uTest.

January 30th, 2012Professional Jenkins support comes to uberSVN, in cooperation with our friends at CloudBees. “We’re thrilled to be working with WANdisco to support uberSVN users in getting the most out of Jenkins,” says Steven G. Harris, senior vice president of products at CloudBees.

February 9th, 2012 – Two apps are released on the same day! Professional support for TortoiseSVN can be purchased from directly inside your uberSVN installation. We also launch uberSVN Starter Packs, a convenient, lightweight support option for uberSVN users.

February 13th, 2012Subversion 1.7.3 is released, and once again, the latest binaries are immediately available through uberSVN.

March 8th, 2012 – The Subversion community announce version 1.7.4. Once again, the binaries are immediately available through uberSVN.

March 16th, 2012 – Our friends at uTest announce a very exclusive offer especially for the uberSVN community: Bronze uTest Express packages are free for the next 30 days!

This has been a great first year for uberSVN’s community of users, developers, and contributors. Thank you to everyone who got involved! And happy birthday, uberSVN!

WANdisco’s January Roundup

At WANdisco HQ we’re staring 2012 as we mean to go on: with a string of announcements and releases! Firstly, we are excited to announce two great new additions to uberSVN and uberAPPS: professional support for the Jenkins continuous integration server, and crowdsourcing functionality from the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services: uTest.

Just before the holiday season, the Apache Incubator gained a new addition, with Bloodhound being voted into the incubator. WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial Bloodhound committers, so we’re excited to see Bloodhound taking its first steps to becoming a fully-fledged Apache project. Want to get involved? Head over to the Apache Bloodhound incubator page now, for more info.

Also this month, team WANdisco had a great night at the Sheffield Business Awards, where we were shortlisted for the Digital Industries Award. As a Sheffield-based company, it was an honour for our Made In Sheffield product, uberSVN, to be shortlisted for another prestigious award from our own city. We’d like to thank the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a fantastic awards show, and for award sponsors Highlander for shortlisting WANdisco.

Some of the core developers of Apache Subversion also paid a visit to WANdisco’s Sheffield office this month. To celebrate, we hosted a one off, free ‘Apache in the Pub’ event for the local software developer community. The event featured talks by Subversion’s release manager Hyrum Wright, and Greg Stein, director and former chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, where they covered everything from Apache Bloodhound, to Python, and even Greg Stein’s experiences at Google. Thank you to the Apache Software Foundation and our local GIST Foundation, for helping us out with this great event.

Finally, to celebrate the success of uberSVN ‘Blake,’ we decided a return trip to the Blake pub in Walkley, Sheffield, was in order. We presented the Blake’s staff with a special uberSVN plaque, so they never forget they have award-winning software named after their pub.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants-WANdisco / uberSVN Achieves the ‘Made in Sheffield’ Mark.

In the 1740s Benjamin Huntsman developed a new technique for producing steel called crucible steel in his workshop in Sheffield, England.  Prior to this, Sheffield produced about 200 tonnes of steel per year.  Move on a hundred years, and, using Huntsman’s technique the amount had risen to over 80,000 tonnes per year – almost half of Europe’s total production.  Sheffield evolved from a small town into one of Europe’s leading industrial cities and England’s 4th largest city.

Sheffield was at the heart of the industrial revolution that started in Great Britain and spread to the rest of the world.

We are truly honored today because we have been given the right to use the “Made in Sheffield” mark in conjunction with our uberSVN product.  Dating back as early as 1297 the Made in Sheffield mark is awarded for high quality products made in the city.

Of course the initial intent of the mark was primarily to recognize the superior quality of the steel products made in the city.  But I’m delighted that the committee recognized that we have a new industrial revolution based on tech.  The first iteration was a ‘faux-revolution‘ – most of the dot-coms really weren’t doing anything sustainable or revolutionary.  But the one’s that survived and prospered really are.  Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer by a country mile, while Google and eBay dominate.  Not so sure about the likes of Boo.com [spent $188m in 6 months and then went pop], pets.com or webvan though.

Machine-based manufacturing in the late 18th century enabled the second, more explosive part of the industrial revolution with the development of steam-powered ships, railways, and later the internal combustion engine and electrical power generation.

A similar pattern is emerging in the tech revolution.  The creation of the world wide web as a pervasive network is revolutionizing almost every aspect of commerce.  This revolution started in Silicon Valley and spread quickly to every corner of the globe.

One of the side effects is that smart companies realize that location alone no longer provides significant competitive advantage.  Code developed in India and China is as good as code developed in Silicon Valley.  We took what some perceived to be a unusual step of moving our software development center to Sheffield a couple of years ago.  I think it’s very strange that so many US companies automatically locate their UK HQ in London or even Bracknell for goodness sake.   The UK in general loves to sterotype and apparently people in Sheffield live like the guys in “The Full Monty”, wear flat caps and breed whippets.  Do people in London spend all of their time rioting and looting shops I wonder?

The move for us paid immediate and tangible dividends.  Our award-winning uberSVN product is “Made in Sheffield”.  It’s terrifically successful with tens-of-thousands of downloads taking the software development tools space by storm.

Being born in Sheffield and coming from a long line of steel people this award probably means more to me than most.  I am very proud to be Made in Sheffield.

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About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies.

Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth.

With over 15 years’ executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards.

David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

Specialties:IPO’s, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A