PortableApps.com Update (Week of Feb 18, 2007)
John T. Haller Homepage) - February 22, 2008 - 7:48pm
This has been replaced by the next weekly update here:
Howdy all and welcome to another exciting PortableApps.com Update. I must apologize for not keeping on the ball with an update last week, so there's extra punch and pie in the back for anyone who wants some. Now lets get down to business.
Updating Current Portable Apps (In Progress)
Since the last update, FileZilla, WinMerge, VirtualDub and GIMP were updated to the current releases. Staying current on FileZilla was a little extra effort as they made 3 releases in two weeks. And the GIMP update took a lot longer than expected due to some changes within GIMP and the finalization of the extra features.
A new version of Toucan was posted as well as updates for Firefox to 188.8.131.52 and the beta to Beta 3. An update was posted for the XAMPP launcher in conjunction with the XAMPP 1.6.6 release. In addition, AbiWord was updated with a shiny new PortableApps.com Installer, to the latest format and some features were added (making it a worthwhile update for all).
The final updates to Notepad++, Pidgin and Miranda will be posted this weekend. Pidgin may need a brief pre-release. The updates to the other apps to the current PAF will be posted as well.
Development Test Releases (In Progress)
I didn't get to the current dev tests, though Ryan is setting up pages within the app directory for the first releases. Patrick's Assault Cube is coming up first as a pre-release to ease the load on his server. For those who missed them, here are the guidelines again for those interested:
The draft of the PortableApps.com Format went through one more revision before public posting and will be up by Monday.
Additional Platform Developers
The additional developers interested in working on the main PortableApps.com Platform (Menu, Backup, Installer) have all been invited to join now. We'll be doing a joint copyright assignment along the lines of what Sun does with OpenOffice.org. This will ensure that we can continue to release under the GPL (our preferred license) as well as work with flash drive manufacturers who have advanced features like fingerprint readers, encryption chips, etc. but are either unwilling or unable (due to licensing) to open up their drivers and APIs.
Website CMS/Forum Upgrade Coming
Since the last update, I've updated our Drupal install to the current 5.x release and updated all modules. As some folks may know, Drupal 6.0 was recently released with some features that will be VERY handy for us. The biggest news is that we'll be able to have true forum mods with the ability to edit/delete forum posts and not just comments as well as modes for single forums. It also has some performance enhancements which we could use as the site is getting busier.
This has been a long time coming in Drupal and was previously only possible with multiple modules which caused some issues. The only issue is that a few modules we use have not been updated. The Views module (which gives us our better recent posts page displaying forum name, etc), the spam module (which helps protect the forums) and the simplenews module (which will run the newsletter and has all the subscriber details within) are not yet updated for Drupal 6. So, we need to wait a bit.
The next platform release is coming. I'm not going to commit to a day, but it should be this week. It depends on how long the app updates take and whether a project does multiple releases in a week again. This will also mark the beginning of SVN access to the code so collaborative development can take place.
SourceForge.net Top 5
The PortableApps.com Project over at SourceForge.net is now in the top 5 in most downloaded in the last 7 days and has been for a little while. We're actually at number 4 at the moment. It fluctuates by day, so we'll be up and down a couple spots.
That's it for now. Sorry the update was late in coming. I'll get next week's out earlier.