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Title: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Suki on October 15, 2020, 07:16:48 PM
Simple Machines is pleased to announce the release of SMF 2.1 RC3. Bugs that were reported after the release of RC2 have been fixed and improvements have been made to security, stability, and performance. The many fixes and improvements include the following:


- Enhanced privacy policy support.
- Several important enhancements to PostgreSQL and MySQL.
- Multiple hooks added for handling data and/or presentation.
- Language files now uses sprintf() whenever possible.
- Theme enhancements/fixes.
- Improvements on Admin session checks.
- Enhancements on security: tokens, hashing cookies and better session handling.
- Multiple calendar fixes/enhancements.
- Better hashing system for the image proxy.
- Bug fixes for alert notifications.
- Added unsubscribe links for announcement emails.
- PHP 7.4 support.
- Several misc bug fixes/improvements. (https://github.com/SimpleMachines/SMF2.1/milestone/9?closed=1)
- Download of posts/PMs/profile for GDPR.


This release is considered to be an RC (Release Candidate), which means that it is sufficiently functional, but that it has known (https://github.com/SimpleMachines/SMF2.1/milestone/8) and unknown bugs. These bugs do not necessarily prevent a release, rather they need to be addressed before the next dev cycle release.

SMF RC3 can be installed as a brand new installation, or an SMF 2.0.x installation can be upgraded to SMF RC3, however, please do note that there are no updates packages (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=570377.0) for any RC releases.

We highly encourage testing this version on local or development/QA environments. Testing the release will greatly help us in narrowing down, and focusing on, issues/improvements towards the Final release... However, we do not recommend using an RC package on any live installation and/or production forum due to the very nature of RC packages.


Finally, this announcement topic is not for support. Please use the SMF 2.1 support board (https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?board=254.0) instead.

A very special thanks goes to our code contributors, Teamies, and non-Teamies whose reports and pull requests have greatly helped us not only to reach our goals, but also to create/grow/improve our development cycle. 

Thank you for using SMF!

Kind regards,
Simple Machines

Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: peterbehlendorf on October 15, 2020, 07:20:58 PM
Thank you for all your hard work!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Arantor on October 15, 2020, 07:23:14 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: CoreISP on October 15, 2020, 07:25:36 PM
Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to making this release possible! :)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Looking on October 15, 2020, 07:25:44 PM
Nice to see progress.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: charlottezweb on October 15, 2020, 07:27:43 PM
Nice!!  Well done :D

Cheers,
Jason
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: marcosbr on October 15, 2020, 07:34:15 PM

Great!
The end is only for those who do not stop halfway.
Let's move on!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: SethStudent on October 15, 2020, 08:02:50 PM
GREAT news, congrats and thank you! My forum shares hosting with a few Wordpress sites, and lately WP has been grumbling about the outdated PHP version that I've kept due to the SMF2.0.17 7.2 limitation. I may soon update to 2.1. My forum is small and very basic, so a hiccup here or there would not be a big problem for us.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: vbgamer45 on October 15, 2020, 08:58:58 PM
Congrats Team on this release!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: efk on October 15, 2020, 10:01:42 PM
Congratz :)

Is there a list of features that default 2.1 RC3 have which 2.0.17 doesn't?
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 15, 2020, 10:41:50 PM
Congratz :)

Is there a list of features that default 2.1 RC3 have which 2.0.17 doesn't?

You can get a partial list from the Beta 1 release topic at https://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=530233.0
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Antechinus on October 15, 2020, 10:53:59 PM
Cool. Now they'll have to start a new ******ing thread down in the dungeon. :D
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: live627 on October 15, 2020, 11:14:42 PM
lol
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: d3vcho on October 16, 2020, 03:30:22 AM
Congratulations everyone!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: beckzy on October 16, 2020, 04:41:57 AM
Well done!

Edit: Will the Curve2 color changing mod work with RC3?
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Doug Heffernan on October 16, 2020, 06:00:23 AM
Congratulations. Great job guys. Keep up the good work. :)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: MrManager on October 16, 2020, 06:24:52 AM
Great news, congratulations!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: SugarD-x on October 16, 2020, 07:00:42 AM
Yay!!! Thank you for the progress!

Cool. Now they'll have to start a new ******ing thread down in the dungeon. :D
That rant topic has been going for awhile now, but contrary to popular belief, it was about communication, and not specifically RC3's release. We all love SMF, and are very happy that progress is being made. :)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: vicram10 on October 16, 2020, 07:48:51 AM
Congratulations to all Team.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: HDB on October 16, 2020, 11:06:15 AM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: a10 on October 16, 2020, 12:03:58 PM
 :)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: videoed on October 16, 2020, 01:35:48 PM
That's how I like to start a weekend! Wonderful news. Thank you so much for your time and dedication to keep SMF alive. Greatly appreciated. I will install it in my site along the weekend. Hopefully everything will go smooth!
Bests,
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: shadav on October 16, 2020, 01:44:22 PM
 :laugh: :P I knew you could do it

but na seriously.... thanks
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Deaks on October 16, 2020, 02:06:51 PM
Congrats
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: FellippeHeitor on October 16, 2020, 03:06:36 PM
My fingers itch to put this in production.  :o
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: shadav on October 16, 2020, 03:08:53 PM
My fingers itch to put this in production.  :o
it's not a good idea to use an rc for production....
I mean unless you want to deal with bugs, patches, and upgrades

it's best to use a stable version for anything other than testing purposes...
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: FellippeHeitor on October 16, 2020, 03:11:00 PM
My fingers itch to put this in production.  :o
it's not a good idea to use an rc for production....
I mean unless you want to deal with bugs, patches, and upgrades

it's best to use a stable version for anything other than testing purposes...

Yeah, I know. Just an itch... but still an itch.  ;D
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: MobileCS on October 16, 2020, 03:14:58 PM
Congrats!

Will we be seeing 2.0.18 before RC4?
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Kindred on October 16, 2020, 03:20:05 PM
Will we be seeing 2.0.18 before RC4?

that depends on a lot of things. As always - we give no promises about release times.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: .ABM. on October 16, 2020, 04:06:44 PM
Congrats
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: videoed on October 16, 2020, 04:26:51 PM
it's not a good idea to use an rc for production....
I mean unless you want to deal with bugs, patches, and upgrades

it's best to use a stable version for anything other than testing purposes...

That's true; but sometimes we just gamble and try. 2.1 offers some functions I really needed for my site, so I decided to move on to 2.1 RC2 soon after it was released. And I have been happily using 2.1 RC2 in my site ever since with just some minor glitches here and there. The benefits of 2.1, even in a RC state really counter-weighted those issues; , at least in me case, of course . My forum, by the way has almost 500K posts and over 55K users. As I said, hopefully I will find some time to update to RC3 along the weekend. Finger crossed!Bests,
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Antes on October 16, 2020, 05:46:31 PM
gz on release
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: iMiKK on October 17, 2020, 02:15:48 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Chen Zhen on October 17, 2020, 07:52:03 PM

Thanks to the developers and anyone else involved with the project for your time and hard work.
All people involved are doing a great job.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: AllanD on October 17, 2020, 10:02:42 PM
Don't come around for a day or two and get RC3, great job.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Chen Zhen on October 18, 2020, 12:01:59 AM
Don't come around for a day or two and get RC3, great job.

Why would you feel the need to lambaste someone for a thread that is current?

Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: m4z on October 18, 2020, 04:43:45 AM
I think that's fair, for people who don't understand how mods work in SMF (that they're developed indepentently, and that updating them can basically only start after the SMF release).

We're saying "Lookie here, you can upgrade!", but in reality, many people still have to wait for all their mods to be updated first. If that comes as a surprise, it'll obviously be a disappointment.

Since many SMF installations rely heavily on mods, we should maybe mention these "upgrade when using mods" basics in the release posts.


Edit: Actually that person might have actually meant it, like "I wasn't here for a couple of days, came back and saw rc3. Nice!"
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: SychO on October 18, 2020, 04:56:23 AM
Edit: Actually that person might have actually meant it, like "I wasn't here for a couple of days, came back and saw rc3. Nice!"

I'm sure that's what he meant.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: AllanD on October 18, 2020, 07:35:42 AM
Edit: Actually that person might have actually meant it, like "I wasn't here for a couple of days, came back and saw rc3. Nice!"

I'm sure that's what he meant.

That's exactly what it was, wasn't bashing anyone, was just happy to see it.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Replikacep on October 18, 2020, 08:26:17 AM
I will continue to use rc2 I think there is nothing worth passing through
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Doug Heffernan on October 18, 2020, 08:33:15 AM
I will continue to use rc2 I think there is nothing worth passing through

All the bug fixing makes it worth upgrading to rc3 imo.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Arantor on October 18, 2020, 09:10:09 AM
Only bug fixes and performance fixes (and the new privacy features) and I think a security fix, but no, nothing useful here. Obviously. Next you’ll be telling me there is no reason to upgrade to final when it comes out either.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: a11 on October 18, 2020, 09:14:11 AM
It is obvious what you have done for this system, which is free and tried to be developed as time finds. It is necessary to thank each and every person who contributed. Thank you for your efforts.

I am writing via Google Translate. :) Sorry for typos.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: SugarD-x on October 18, 2020, 12:28:31 PM
I will continue to use rc2 I think there is nothing worth passing through
If you use PHP 7.4.x, using RC3 will fix the error log spam. So far I'm actually seeing less issues with RC3 than I did with RC2, and the large upgrade package made it only take a matter of seconds to update it. (It was probably the quickest and easiest update I've ever done to a forum before).
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: GravuTrad on October 18, 2020, 01:51:18 PM
Very good news. Thanks the team. ;)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Chen Zhen on October 18, 2020, 05:19:34 PM

Oh I seem to have misunderstood? Ok.

I was glad to see RC3 officially released because although I update every few months from GitHub & adjust a few of my my mods for changes, some my mod testers seem to only use what's released here. I suppose they see it as what most people will be using at the time.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: MrManager on October 18, 2020, 06:36:53 PM
Has anyone set up a demo installation we could check out? Would be nice to see what this actually looks like now.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Arantor on October 18, 2020, 06:43:46 PM
You could just set a test install up...
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: mapv on October 19, 2020, 05:12:10 AM
Congratulations to all team!!!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: m4z on October 19, 2020, 07:51:57 AM
Edit: Actually that person might have actually meant it, like "I wasn't here for a couple of days, came back and saw rc3. Nice!"

I'm sure that's what he meant.

That's exactly what it was, wasn't bashing anyone, was just happy to see it.

Thanks for clarifying, it seems Chen and I misinterpreted your post to mean "The update is here, but I can't use it because I have to wait (for my mods to be updated first; or something similar)? How stupid!".
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Robert. on October 19, 2020, 03:52:39 PM
Congrats! =)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: SugarD-x on October 19, 2020, 10:11:39 PM

Oh I seem to have misunderstood? Ok.

I was glad to see RC3 officially released because although I update every few months from GitHub & adjust a few of my my mods for changes, some my mod testers seem to only use what's released here. I suppose they see it as what most people will be using at the time.
The GitHub version is not necessarily one of these releases. It is code that is in active development. If you're worried about compatibility or issues, I would at least wait until new releases are tagged in the repository before upgrading.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Mick. on October 20, 2020, 09:28:33 AM
Congrats team!!! You rock!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: shinglis on October 21, 2020, 05:22:07 AM
Good news with the RC3 and thanks to all involved.

GREAT news, congrats and thank you! My forum shares hosting with a few Wordpress sites, and lately WP has been grumbling about the outdated PHP version that I've kept due to the SMF2.0.17 7.2 limitation. I may soon update to 2.1. My forum is small and very basic, so a hiccup here or there would not be a big problem for us.

Same for me, I decided to take the gamble of running RC 2 in a small live environment. Limited users and post, not many issues reported and will update to RC3 soon.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: pocttopus on October 22, 2020, 04:56:00 AM
WOw... thanks a lot guys.  :)
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: landyvlad on October 22, 2020, 09:50:47 PM
woo hoo ! Thanks all.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: DenDen60 on October 23, 2020, 08:35:45 AM
We can hear the voice of the narrator:


"Congratulations Level 3 is now complete. You may now proceed to level 4." :-)


Congratulations everyone.
Good luck with the next level.
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Rock Lee on October 24, 2020, 02:15:17 PM
Oh this is really good congratulations to all!


Regards!
Title: Re: SMF 2.1 RC3 Released
Post by: Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen on October 24, 2020, 02:20:27 PM
Thank you to everyone involved. I updated my 15 year old live production site today, 2,984,771 Posts in 44,288 Topics - And only issues I've seen so far were fairly trivial (and reported as issues, so perhaps avoidable in the future).
No errors, no problems so far - If I do come up with something, I'll be reporting them. You can be sure of that. :)