[Foswiki-announce] Foswiki 2.1.0 is Released

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[Foswiki-announce] Foswiki 2.1.0 is Released

George Clark-2
Hello Foswiki Community,

We are very pleased to announce that Foswiki 2.1.2 is released and available for download.  (Foswiki 2.1.1 was not announced due to a last-minute urgent bug in the page cache code.)

Download it here.

This release contains about 58 fixes relative to 2.1.0, 13 of them marked urgent, and 21 regular enhancements. There is a new JQueryPlugin bundling upgrades to the 3rd party javascript libraries part of it. Fontawesome icons have been made available via %JQICON next to the already large famfamfam icons.

There is good news for public facing Foswiki systems: you can now safely disable CGI sessions for guest users to gain a noticeable performance improvement. While previous releases already had that option, user registration and password maintenance were affected negatively. Starting with this release it is safe now to deactivate CGI sessions for guests.

There have been a couple of changes in the “refresh” URL parameter used to force a new page to be generated: first, it has been removed from guest views to prevent crawlers following such a link and thus invalidating the cache. Second, only admin users are allowed to nuke all of the site’s page cache using “refresh=all”.

The footprint of CPAN packages required to run a Foswiki has been broadened a bit by adding LWP::Protocol::https.  (caused by an upstream packaging split), and Email::Simple (clarifying a minimum version).  Https support will become increasingly important when foswiki.org is further moving towards an all-secure site using https. Documentation links to foswiki.org have been completely fixed to use https only. Note that most other plugins available via foswiki.org still might link to the main site using plain http. We are working towards fixing this. We were not able to auto-redirect all http to https links yet as this was harming older Foswiki installations not having LWP::Protocol::https installed or which don’t trust our certificate. Stay tuned for more info on this.

Have a good time upgrading.

The Virtual machine image is updated to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and compressed with 7zip for faster downloads. Webmin has been removed from the image.

As of this release, translations of French, German, Italian, Traditional Chinese and Ukrainian are 100% complete, while Czech, Danish are at 95+%.

See complete release notes for more details.

Special thanks to all the developers, translators and testers who have worked to make this release possible.

George Clark
Release Manager, Foswiki 2.1.0

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