This month was a busy one for WANdisco and the Subversion community, with new releases of Apache Subversion, SmartSVN and uberSVN and of course, WANdisco’s very own global Subversion conference series, Subversion Live.
Subversion Live 2012 took place in San Francisco; Greenwich Connecticut, and London, bringing attendees sessions covering everything from Subversion’s future, expert-led best practice workshops focused on getting the most out of Subversion and a unique ‘Roundtable with the Committers’ session. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and put their questions to the core Subversion committers, in addition to networking with their fellow Subversion users.
We’ve had fantastic feedback from the community; here’s just some of the comments we’ve received about Subversion Live 2012:
- Thanks for running the conference. It was really helpful. The SVN folks I met were great. A lot more approachable than the typical geek gathering!
- Thank you very much for the information you passed to me over the Subversion conference, I have now installed uberSVN on my laptop and have started to play with it. I have also signed up for a few webinars in November to kick off some internal training. I really enjoyed the conference, it was very well put together. You and your staff are a very friendly and helpful team which made the event a pleasure to attend.
- I look forward to attending next year’s event, with a bit more experience under my belt I hope to have some challenging questions for your developers.
See what else attendees have been saying, at our Subversion Live 2012 feedback blog. You can also find out more about the different Subversion Live sessions by reading our recaps of Day One and Day Two, and an in-depth look at the Subversion Live Keynote, and the What’s Coming in 1.8: Overview session.
The Apache Subversion community released another update to the SVN 1.7 series this month, with the release of Apache Subversion 1.7.7. This featured even more fixes and enhancements, including:
- A fix for a memory read bug
- Unknown password stores in configuration files no longer cause errors
- “All tests successful” is now printed at the end of ‘make check’
- Fixes for issues that could occur when applying Git patch files
- Status no longer descends into dir externals following upgrade
A full list of what’s new can be found in the Apache Subversion Changes file. As ever, the latest binaries are available to download from the WANdisco website.
Subversion 1.7.7 binaries are also available through uberSVN, the free-to-download, free-to-use, open ALM platform, which was also updated this month. uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release 7 is the final release in uberSVN’s ‘Chimney House’ series, and features a new license comparison tool, in addition to a list of fixes and enhancements. The license comparison tool ensures that users are fully aware of license changes, through a pop-up that displays the current license information and compares it to the incoming license prior to installation.
Other updates include:
- A navigation warning that alerts the user if they attempt to navigate away from the LDAP locations page without saving.
- The ability to perform other actions in the uberSVN UI whilst update packages are being downloaded (admins only.)
- Apache Subversion 1.6.19 and 1.7.7 binaries shipped with all new downloads.
- Removing LDAP locations now presents a warning and option to remove the associated users.
More information on all the changes included in uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release 7 is available at the Release Notes.
We were particularly excited to announce the first SmartSVN release since we acquired the popular graphical client last month. SmartSVN 7.0.7 brings some useful enhancements and fixes to the SmartSVN community, more information is available at the SmartSVN 7.0.7 blog post.
If you have any comments or suggestions for upcoming releases, you can post your ideas directly to the SmartSVN team at our dedicated SmartSVN Suggestions forum.
There’s been lots of exciting press activity this month, including articles in MoneyWeek and Investors Chronicle. WANdisco was also featured in Talk Business, which welcomed WANdisco CEO and co-founder David Richards as their latest technology columnist in residence this month. In his first article for the publication, ‘Our Man in the Valley,’ David dishes the dirt on life as a tech company in Silicon Valley. David Richards also shared his top three ways to reduce software development costs at the WANdisco blog, covering:
- Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery
- Highly Available Source Code
- Software Development without Geographic Constraints
If you’re looking to run leaner, meaner and drive IT costs down, be sure to read David’s ‘Three Unconventional Ways to Manage IT Costs’ post.