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WANdisco’s May Roundup

This month, we’ve been busy creating new products for our award winning uberSVN platform and its growing community of users, and we’re proud to have just launched uberSVN Access Control. uberSVN Access Control combines uberSVN’s social coding capabilities, easy-to-use interface and uberAPPS store, with the enterprise functionality of our Subversion Access Control product. Before uberSVN Access Control, we were receiving requests from enterprise users who were interested in deploying uberSVN, but who needed some additional functionality first, so we’re particularly excited about this launch! The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, but if you have anymore feedback, questions or comments about uberSVN Access Control, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In addition to releasing uberSVN Access Control, we improved the privacy policy for uberSVN. Our new policy makes installation information anonymous whilst still allowing WANdisco to validate key non-personal information against registered produces and services. (This policy came into effect as of May 24th, 2012.)

We’ve also been busy bringing the SVN community the latest, certified open source Apache Subversion binaries, after the release of Subversion 1.7.5. 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, alongside a list of bug fixes.

We made another big announcement this month: Subversion Live is back for 2012! After getting a great response from the Apache Subversion community in 2011, the conference is back for another year. Subversion Live 2012 will take place in San Francisco (October 10th & 11th) Greenwich, Connecticut (October 16th & 17th) and London (October 23rd & 24th.) The conference will feature a unique mix of sessions, expert-led best practices workshops and invaluable networking opportunities.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • What’s coming in 1.8
  • Best Practices for Large SVN Deployments
  • Subversion Server Tuning Demo
  • New Developments in SVN Clients
  • Merge & Performance Improvements
  • Branching & Merging Best Practices
  • Hook Scripts
  • Apache Bloodhound

Visit http://www.wandisco.com/svn-live-2012 to learn more.

Members of the WANdisco team were also lucky enough to attend the Jenkins User Conference in New York this month.

The Jenkins User Conference brings Jenkins experts and community enthusiasts from around the world together for a full day of learning and networking opportunities, focused on the popular open source continuous integration server.

The WANdisco team had a great time attending the different sessions, which covered all the latest and greatest Jenkins technology, best practices, and hands-on workshops and demos.

We’re all big fans of Jenkins at WANdisco, and are looking forward to putting what we learned into practice – thank you to CloudBees and of course, the Jenkins community, for putting on such a great event!

As a proud CloudBees partner, not only did we attend JUC NY, but we’re sponsoring two of the conferences. “We are thrilled to have WANdisco join CloudBees and the other sponsors in supporting the Jenkins community,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, creator of Jenkins.

Missed out on all the fun? Team WANdisco will also be attending the San Francisco JUC in September. We’re looking forward to meeting more of the Jenkins community (and maybe even some of the Jenkins+uberSVN community then!

Finally, we were proud to win the Technology Provider award at the Yorkshire International Trade Awards, 2012 this month. The Yorkshire International Trade Awards celebrate the success of companies involved with overseas trade, and international businesses who invest in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.

Speaking about their decision to name WANdisco as Technology Provider, the judges said: “It is clearly playing in some big global markets. This is really advanced technology – you can see it is on an upward path – and it is selling that technology to some really big companies.”

We had a great time at the awards ceremony at the Royal Armouries, and want to thank the whole Yorkshire International Trade Awards team for putting on such a great event!

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’s April Roundup

Happy spring! As well as enjoying the warmer weather, everyone at WANdisco has been busy creating and launching a completely redesigned WANdisco.com. We think you’ll agree, it’s a major improvement on our old website:

With this update, we’ve concentrated on making the WANdisco website easier to navigate, and easy to use, with a section dedicated to what WANdisco is all about. Feedback? Suggestions? As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re all dying to know what you think about the new-look WANdisco.com.

This month, we were lucky enough to co-host a webinar with our friends at CloudBees. ‘9 Ways to Dominate Development with Jenkins’ taught attendees nine Jenkins best practices that can be easily implemented to make your life – and the life of your team – easier. As if that wasn’t enough, the following week industry expert Adrian Bridgwater co-hosted our ‘Introducing Subversion Access Control 4.1’ webinar, looking at what’s new and noteworthy in the 4.1 release of our security product for Enterprise Subversion. We’re always announcing new webinars for the Subversion community – keep checking our Free Subversion Training Webinars for the latest information.

Users of Subversion’s 1.6 series got an update this month, with the release of Subversion 1.6.18. The full list of what’s new and noteworthy in this release is available in the Changes file and the binaries can be downloaded for free from our website. What’s more, uberSVN users can easily toggle between the latest 1.7 releases of Subversion and 1.6.18, using uberSVN’s ‘SVN Switch’ functionality.

There have also been major changes to uberSVN, the free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. With the release of 12.4 ‘Chimney House,’ uberSVN officially came out of beta! A massive thank you to everyone who has downloaded, deployed, and provided feedback on the beta release – we couldn’t have done it without you! As well as taking us out of beta, the 12.4 release introduced many new features, including:

  • New plugin API architecture and core upgrade that allows WANdisco registered plugins to work with uberSVN. We’re particularly excited about this one, as it lays the foundations for future uberSVN SDK releases.
  • Subversion Access Control’s 4.1 LDAP functionality (apart from some advanced features linked directly to Access Control) has been integrated into uberSVN’s ‘Default LDAP’ tab (accessible through the ‘Administration’ section.) This is the feature uberSVN users have requested the most.
  • A new file upload function has been added to the uberSVN Updates tab. This allows us to hand build updates for installations, push updates to users who aren’t connected to the internet, and deliver specialist packages to specific installations.
  • A new option to subscribe to our Latest Release Channel or wait for us to deliver fixes highlighted by our early adopters in a Stable Release Channel. Set your preference within uberSVN.
  • Plus, the usual list of bug fixes, including updates to the activity feed posts.

And, as is tradition, we’re all looking forward to celebrating the release of uberSVN Chimney House, in the venue it’s named after – The Chimney House at Kelham Island, Sheffield.

And in other uberSVN-related news, uberSVN turned one this month! uberSVN, the free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion is now officially one year old. It’s hard to believe uberSVN has only been around for twelve months: not only has this unique, SVN-based product already 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, and fantastic reviews by the IT media. We celebrated with some very special uberSVN cupcakes made by our friends at Fancie. We’re sure you’ll agree, they did a brilliant job!

Thank you for all your support over the past year – and happy birthday, uberSVN!

uberSVN is Out of Beta!

We’re very excited to announce that with the brand-new uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ release, our free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion is now officially out of beta! Even better, this milestone comes just as uberSVN is turning one year old. This has been a fantastic twelve months for uberSVN, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate uberSVN’s first birthday, than bringing our award winning product out of beta.

Not only does uberSVN move out of beta with the 12.04 release, but there’s plenty of new features and enhanced functionality to boot, including:

  • New plugin API architecture and core upgrade that allows WANdisco registered plugins to work with uberSVN. We’re particularly excited about this one, as it lays the foundations for future uberSVN SDK releases.
  • Subversion Access Control’s 4.1 LDAP functionality (apart from some advanced features linked directly to Access Control) has been integrated into uberSVN’s ‘Default LDAP’ tab (accessible through the ‘Administration’ section.) This is the feature uberSVN users have requested the most.
  • A new file upload function has been added to the uberSVN Updates tab. This allows us to hand build updates for installations, push updates to users who aren’t connected to the internet, and deliver specialist packages to specific installations.
  • A new option to subscribe to our Latest Release Channel or wait for us to deliver fixes highlighted by our early adopters in a Stable Release Channel. Set your preference within uberSVN.
  • Plus, the usual list of bug fixes, including updates to the activity feed posts.

Continuing our tradition of codenaming our releases after local venues in Sheffield, UK, we’re pleased to announce that uberSVN 12.04 is codenamed ‘Chimney House’ after The Chimney House venue in Kelham Island, Sheffield. We’re all looking forward to popping to The Chimney House to celebrate the joint release of uberSVN 12.04, uberSVN moving out of beta, and uberSVN’s first birthday.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded, deployed and provided feedback on the beta release. We have even more exciting announcements lined up over the coming months, so if you haven’t given uberSVN a go, now’s the perfect time! It’s free to download and free to use, just visit http://www.ubersvn.com/download to grab your copy.

Rich Smolenski is Product Manager at WANdisco, where he is responsible for developing our product roadmap, and delivering UI features and functional improvements for uberSVN. In his spare time, Rich plays and produces electronic music, and DJs in local bars and clubs.

Open Source Support and Training : Your Options

It’s no secret WANdisco are big fans of open source, but where do you go when you encounter a bug, or your open source project keeps throwing errors? In this post, we cover all the options available for open source fans in need of some extra guidance.

Community support

Successful open source projects are typically collaborative efforts between hundreds, if not thousands of developers. This collaborative development encourages transparent, archived communication through mailing lists and forums, which can be an invaluable (and free!) source of information for the open source user. And, if you can’t find the answer to your question, you can always post it at the project’s mailing list, community forum, or even Stack Overflow.

For Apache Subversion users, SVNForum.org is the place to go to connect with the SVN community. Sign up to discuss everything Subversion, and exchange information and tips with other users. Alternatively, the Subversion project maintains a series of active mailing lists, including the users mailing list where you can post build problems, configuration issues, usage questions, and more.

Professional Support

Open source solutions have plenty to offer, but many organizations are concerned about the level of support they can get from the community alone. Most open source projects have a great community of users who are always willing to help out, but mailing lists and forums aren’t always the ideal place to reach out to when disaster strikes your organization! Thankfully, many established open source projects now have professional support options.

When choosing a professional support provider, there are a few questions worth asking:

1. Do they have committers on the project?
2. Do they cover the hours I need? (of course, 24-by-7 worldwide support is always preferable!)
3. Are they enthusiastic about the project?
4. How easy are they to contact? Do you get a named support contact? Can you dial a number and speak to a real person?
5. Do they have customer testimonials?

As one of the major corporate sponsors of Subversion, WANdisco offer professional support for SVN. Our professional Subversion support includes:

  • Guaranteed response times.
  • 24-by-7 Worldwide coverage.
  • Indemnification coverage
  • Our Enterprise security product, Subversion Access Control
  • ….and more!

And, act before Friday (April 13th, 2012) to get the first 90 days of Subversion support for free, when you purchase any of our one year support contracts.

Enterprise-class support for TortoiseSVN is also available, alongside professional support for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion.

Free Online training

Over the last couple of years, open source solutions have been gaining popularity within the enterprise, and with all the benefits of open source, it’s easy to see why! Of course, cost is one of the major reasons why organizations switch to open source. With closed source, there’s the initial outlay, but there can also be hidden extras; support charges, the expense of ongoing upgrades, training costs, etc.

With open source projects, not only are you saving on the software’s initial cost, but there’s typically plenty of tutorials, webinars, refcards and articles freely available on the internet, to help out with everything from the installation process, to best practices for the advanced user.

As part of our commitment to the Subversion community, we run bi-weekly free training webinars, covering everything from branching and merging, to running Subversion with continuous integration, hook scripts, and more.

Enterprise Training

Despite the wealth of resources freely available on the internet, there may come a point when an organization needs some formal training to get the most out of their open source software. Successful open source projects are frequently the subject of professional training sessions, but it may also be worth investing in ‘train the trainer’ sessions, so all future training can be performed in-house by your own staff.

At WANdisco, our Subversion training courses are designed to provide the essential hands-on experience you need to increase productivity. Choose from public classes at our training centres; private, on-site classes; and web-based training. Some of the courses we offer, include:

  • Core Concepts – covers architecture and design principles, branching and merging, conflict resolution, and more
  • Subversion for Administrators – gain the background knowledge needed to effectively install, configure and manage Subversion repositories and servers
  • Train the Trainer – designed for customers with in-house training staff