The first beta version of Geeklog 1.6.0 is now available for download. This release incorporates the following projects implemented during the 2008 Google Summer of Code:
- Site migration support and easier plugin installation, by Matt West
- Improved search, by Sami Barakat
- Comment moderation and editable comments, by Jared Wenerd
Other new features include a new plugin to produce proper sitemap.xml files (provided by mystral-kk) and quite a lot of "under the hood" fixes and improvements, e.g. many new and extended plugin API functions. Please see the included changelog (docs/history) for details.
This being a beta, we want to encourage you to try it out and provide us with feedback and bugreports, but you probably shouldn't be running it on a live site just yet.
To recap the 3 projects from GSoC 2008: Matt's improvements address the common problem of changing paths and/or URLs when moving a site to a different server. Plugin installs are now much easier, as you can simply upload the plugin tarball or .zip file directly from within Geeklog. Sami's new search no longer presents the results separated by plugins, which should be more in line with your visitor's expectations. And Jared's comment improvements provide a comment moderation queue, editable comments, comment notifications, and the ability for anonymous users to enter a name (similar to what the Forum plugin already does).
Looking ahead, Geeklog 1.6.0 will be the basis on which this year's GSoC students will be working. And this time around, we should be in a better position to get the results out into a new release quickly, thanks to our switch to Mercurial.