Islandora 7.x-1.9 will be coming out at the end of April. Our releases are managed entirely by volunteers (a call for participants is still open). This time around, a new Release Manager will be stepping up to run the show and guide our Release Team to a stable, feature-rich Islandora 7.x-1.9: Diego Pino from Metro.org.
Diego came to Islandora a couple of years back as an IT Project Manager for a Chilean government project building a national biodiversity network (you can see the results at Red Biodiversidad Chile). Since then, he has become a Committer on both Islandora 7.x and on Islandora CLAW, has been heavily involved in three releases, and has generally become an integral part of Islandora’s community.
As 7.x-1.9 Release Manager, Diego would like to say:
It was not long ago when I installed Islandora for the first time.
While still shocked, lacking coffee and confused (did I configure the Drupal Filter correctly?), and without being able to remember all the steps involved in archiving such incredible feat, a mix of sweet feelings invaded my conscience: confidence in a bright open source future built on the acknowledgement of all the help I got (and needed) to be able to have it running, the contemplation of being in front of a powerful and complex software, immediately followed by the urge to use it, understand it and of course expand it.
Now, a few dozens installations further in time, and with some release T-shirts (in various sizes) in hand, same feelings appear when green marks check and first search results appear. Being older also makes me realise that Islandora is as powerful (and fancy) as the people behind it, those who make questions, those to try to answer them, those who code, those who question that coding, the testers, the ones with new ideas, those who built or improve documentation and those who observe and follow in silence but still are there everyday using it, understanding it and, if needed, expanding it. Our diverse and unique Community: the reason I got and have stayed on Islandora for so long.
I’m extremely honoured and scared (who would not!) by the tasks of managing and facilitating this new Community Release of ISLANDORA 7.x-1.9! It won’t be easy, it won’t happen always as expected, there will be bad english spoken, things may not happen on times planned and we will have to tame/pet some bugs in the way. But with your involvement and with the knowledge (and bash scripts!) previous awesome release managers inherited to me, we will able to have another amazing episode of this highly anticipated and successful saga.
Now to business, since we have a tight agenda and deadlines:
Wonder how an Islandora releases gets baked? Look here.
New stuff: we will do Audits before code freeze, why? Changes to README and License files will require Pull requests being made to a single branch. Less work for auditors, less prone to fail. Melissa’s idea and it is great.
Call for Volunteers (read the full story here):pick your favourite module(s) and sign this spreadsheet!
Not sure which role? Here is the list, scared? No worries, you will get support.
- Code Freeze: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
- Release Candidate: Monday, March 13, 2017
- Release: Friday, April 28, 2017
Please don’t hesitate to contact me (or Melissa) on anything release-ish. Post to the listserv or write me emails (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will do my best to make this process as public and transparent as possible.
There will be a lot of meetups, git and JIRA happening and we will eventually even have fun!
Image by Scott Campbell, Great Showdowns, the Revenge