Ta da! (Sound)
Islandora 7.x-1.11 is here, not born from Midi-chlorians in some forgotten and dangerous (desert) planet, but from your own pursuit of intergalactic repository awesomeness through old fashioned work and effort, well done gold leaders!
In your quest to perfect the ancient art of code review mind tricks (where the subject finally addresses your concerns, defeated but willing, because it can’t remember where or when everything started!) or your need to find the perfect wording that brings that fallen README.md back into the light, (with matching screenshots of course), you all have managed to beat the odds, save the day, tame the killer alien bugs, close some Jira tickets and hide others behind impenetrable blast doors, defeat the dark empire of closed repository systems (or at least push it back for another 6 months!) and make it alive for another sequel. You are all amazing open source heroes and make us all feel like squishy bear-like characters from some forgotten moon full of trees ready to party all night long, now that our rebellion, the rebellion against closed code, pay walls, opaque and impenetrable roadmaps, forced migrations and bad taste in UI succeeded once more!
For those of you who ask yourself “what is all this nerdy thing of who-cares-film references release managers are giving us”, live with it (no offence intended). Because what matters, the code, the docs, are good, so good and release was delivered!. Also, we do our best to match release narrative with T-Shirt themes. Everyone else, enjoy the T-Shirts and VM ascii art too! We are so proud and grateful of what you have accomplished here. There is no release, there is no moving forward and no community (or light-speed travel!) without you. You are the pilots and the crew of this ship and even if difficult to see, always in motion is the future, looks like we are still heading in opposite direction of the Sun(s)!
To upgrade or simply test this release:
- Read the Release Notes (really, now!), stuff like Islandora Badges deprecated islandora_oaDoi and replaced it with unpaywall. So go, read it!
- Check out the 7.x-1.11 branches of all our Git repos* (or the ones you use really). Remember mix and match is not a good idea and leads to fear and hate, etc.
- For Tuque, checkout the 1.11 Branch (tuque loves to be the special one
- Spin one of our Virtual Machines (The Cantina is also serving a IIIF Cantaloupe flavoured one!)
- Or go the old fashioned path to enlightenment and download individual release packages found the Release Notes and Downloads page or in each Git repos*’s release tab.
Note: Islandora Drupal Filter (Version 7.1.11) has its own, Java (not the hooded scavengers..those are with a “w") semantic like, versioning. Feel free to upgrade if you like complete-ness, but no change has happened there since our last release so keeping your 7.1.10 in place is safe.
All new 5 new features and 32 improvements are amazing and game changing!
From “manage your orphaned Objects”, crafted by Brandon to much more and better IIIF Image API integration for our viewers from Jon, to shiny things like a new Cyborg/techno upgrade for Creative Commons XML Forms elements coded by d-r-p (now with a lot of more options and actually working!) or Access Control for inactive Objects by Rosie or the cool redirect to first Child (it is hard to be the oldest child!) for compounds by Lucas from Leiden or what about Solr for newspaper retrieval from Jared!. There is something for everyone! Please give the improvements and the new features list a look, then print, frame and hang over your desk.
On the loud space explosion side of thing (yep.. sound in vacuum)
We had a blocker (Islandora OAI Importer was messing with your MODS) and that blocker was defeated by a group of courageous islandora fleet members and Blue leader Bryan Brown. To be honest, i have never ever seen so many pull request comments, 139, in my long long life. Our respects to all people involved. There is a Drush script there that you will have to run if you ever triggered a DOI import that contained HTML. See
drush -u 1 islandora-scholar-fix-doi-html-in-mods and of course the release notes.
Gracias, Muchas Gracias!
Well, you know. Thanks for making Islandora, over and over again. Thanks for using it and breaking it, thanks for not leaving us for a bad and expensive other systems, thanks for sharing your use cases and making questions, for being explicit about your needs and thanks for being around. Especially thanks for all those who spend hours of their last months trying to fix, document, test and understand what this system, this community and these releases are all about. This is your show, enjoy it.
If you could not be part of our release Team this time, it is ok, We know who you are and were you live and we will we waiting for 7.x-1.12. In the meantime, please take a moment and say "thank you" to one (or more than one) of our volunteers that worked on 7.x-1.11. They deserve a hug also.
• Adam Vessey
• Alan Stanley
• Andrija Sagic
• Bayard Miller
• Ben Companjen
• Brandon Weigel
• Brian Harrington
• Bryan Brown
• Caleb Derven
• Carolyn Moritz
• Devin Soper
• Diego Pino
• Don Richards
• Giancarlo Birello
• Janice Banser
• Jared Whiklo
• Jon Green
• Jordan Dukart
• Keila Zayas-Ruiz
• Kim Pham
• Marcus Barnes
• Mark Jorda
• Martha Tenneyn
• Matthew Miguez
• Nat Kanthan
• Paul Cummins
• Peter MacDonald
• Rachel Smart
• Robert Waltz
• Robin Naughton
• Rosie Le Faive
• Will Panting
• Yamil Suarez
And done. See you next time. Enjoy, rest i must.
PS: Oh, final quotes: “Always pass on what you have learned.” and “Do or do not. There is no try.” Pretty sure Yoda was into open source.