2.1 Beta 4 Released

The fourth (and probably final) 2.1 Beta distribution is now available for download on SourceForge. If you are planning on using new 2.1 features AND / OR upgrading an existing site to 2.1 - NOW is the time to test the upgrade with YOUR DATA and identify any remaining issues with new or existing features. The development team will actively work with you resolve any upgrade issues during this phase of the release cycle. If you are unable to test the release by downloading it - then the next best thing is to try out the new features, bug fixes, as well as the workflows you use most often by logging in to the public demo.

Code of Conduct for the CiviCRM Project

Generally I think that the CiviCRM community works together in a very positive way. Whether on the forums, IRC or during the precious (but a bit too rare) occasions that we gather in the flesh - folks seem to treat each other with respect and patience. However, as the community grows - it seems like it would be useful to follow the lead of several other successful open source communities and adopt a "Code of Conduct" which we can refer to and use to help maintain a supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

A day at OWASP Conference

CiviCRM India team had an opportunity to attend the OWASP-conference, New Delhi. It was a two day conference but we - Kurund, Sunil & I decided to attend the second day training/workshops just to stay away from theoretical lectures. We landed in Delhi on day-1 evening to avoid any last minute rush. And we realized the temperature in Mumbai was much better and Delhi being a bit hot. We had a booking in Ginger Hotel - value for money i must say :).

UK usergroup meeting in Manchester, 30 September

Thanks to Oliver Gibson (ICT champion for North West England) for finding us a venue for the next CiviCRM UK usergroup: Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) from 2.00 to 4.30pm on 30th September. There have been a few interesting developments with CiviCRM in the UK over the past few months, so this should be an interesting meeting and a good chance to catch up. Like last time, the agenda will be quite open, and a report from the meet up available on the CiviCRM Wiki afterwards.

2.1 Beta 3 Available

The team has been working hard to fix issues/ bugs as well as quite a few improvement suggestions reported by the community - and a third beta release of CiviCRM 2.1 is now available for download on SourceForge. We strongly encourage folks to download and test the beta release and help improve the final product. So test 2.1 Sandbox out now.

Keep CiviCRM for Drupal 5?

My self-appointed job is to hangout around here and complain about how CiviCRM could be more like Drupal or better implemented with Drupal. Instead of banning me from the forums and IRC for being annoying, Lobo gave me blogging access. So I'm writing to share about my latest campaign to Druplify CiviCRM. All the installations I build are done with Drupal, and I've written or improved a number of Drupal 5 modules that interface with CiviCRM. I also have a fairly wide base of clients who are on Drupal 5, might like CiviCRM 2.1+, but can't or won't upgrade to Drupal 6.

Development plans and proposals for CiviCRM v2.2

The CiviCRM team branched off v2.1 late last week. We hope to knock off most of the remaining v2.1 issues over the next few days and release the the first beta candidate. Please do help us out by downloading and testing the release OR testing it on our sandbox site. Your help does help make it a more solid and stable release.

Collecting more information from CiviCRM installs ..

Most of you are aware that CiviCRM collects version, CMS and an MD5 hash of the base url from a CiviCRM install. We discussed this feature in the blog post: Extending the Version Check Mechanism in CiviCRM 2.0. The CiviCRM admin can decide not to participate in the ping back mechanism. Here are some useful stats that we've collected using this feature: We've got close to 4000 installs running CiviCRM v2.0. Approx 66% are Drupal, 34% are Joomla. We have 133 installs testing various versions of 2.1 alpha, 98 Drupal / 35 Joomla.

2.1 Alpha 4 Available

The fourth (and probably final) 2.1 Alpha distribution is now available for download. We've gotten a decent amount of feedback from our community testers and reviewers - and have addressed almost all reported bugs as well as quite a few improvement suggestions. If you haven't spent any time with 2.1 yet - seriously consider downloading and trying out the upgrade - as well as any and all of the new features you're looking forward too. It's a wise investment. Time spent now will help prevent frustration and hair-pulling down the road. As we get closer to stable release, we are less likely to fix non-critical bugs or implement even minor improvement suggestions - so getting your hands dirty now means you're more likely to be really happy with the release. AND, the team is much more likely to provide extra help with upgrades to folks who have participated in the release review and testing process.   Download or test out the release on the 2.1 Sandbox NOW!