GForge 6.3.1 Released

Today we are happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge Advanced Server v6.3.1.  This is primarily a bugfix release and the highlights include fixes for the Support Tracker feature and some minor security enhancements.

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Support Tracker Fixes

If you haven’t already tried out the Support feature in GForge AS 6.3, you definitely should.  Here are a few key fixes and enhancements to that feature:

  • [#15070] Support tracker: Member group not set properly.
  • [#15071] Support tracker: skip first notification after the TI is submitted and set the timestamp
  • [#15134] Support group and assignee lost.  Suspecting cron15.php
  • [#15151] Support tracker: autoclose sets close date correctly  but it’s not visible in browse or TI pages.
  • [#15433] Filter “Out Of Office” replies (and similar automated messages) from creating support requests in GForge

Miscellaneous Improvements

There are also a few other improvements that warrant a quick mention:

  • [#11848] Mass Delete broken
  • [#19112] Navigating wiki versions doesn’t quite work right.
  • [#19246] License Tracker – Valid user gets access denied
  • [#19258] Docman allows uploading of HTML files which can have spam  possibly JS making it possible CSRF vuln
  • [#19388] My Account > Disable Account not working
  • [#19221] When parsing files  filesystem_index cronjob could trigger a tracker item notification
  • [#11830] Fix xss vulnerability in tracker item edit screen
  • [#19331] Sanitize paginator parameters
  • [#19847] MAG: change default database name to “gforge” instead of “gforge5”
  • [#19649] upgrade_gforge – Unused plugins cause confusing output

For full details, please have a look at the Complete GForge v6.3.1 ChangeLog

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GForge AS v6.3.0 Released

Today we are happy to announce the immediate availability of GForge Advanced Server v6.3.0.  This release is a major release with a few bug and security fixes included. Important: With this release we are dropping support for the entire 5.x series.  If you are running a 5.x version of GForge you will need to make plans to upgrade immediately.  We are fielding support questions and even doing assisted upgrades for our customers.  If you need assistance please read all about the GForge upgrade process and if you need help please send a support request.  Now, let’s cover the exciting updates included in v.6.3.0:

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Updates for Agile/Scrum Shops

We continue to add features important to Agile and Scrum development shops such as:

  • User Stories – We’ve added a new User Stories Tracker to v6.3.0.  Define stories by role, give story points and then track their progress.
  • Burndown Charts – Enhance the power of GForge Trackers by embedding Burndown charts on your project’s homepage.  Burn down charts can be built from any Tracker query you can think of.

Support Tracker

Your software projects can leverage the power of GForge Trackers to provide support to your customers and stakeholders.  Support tickets include all the same basic Tracker features but this release includes special updates.

  • Create new support tickets (or Tracker items) via email.
  • Respond to suppport and Tracker items via email.
  • Support and Tracker Item updates via email that have attachments will have the file(s) attached to the corresponding ticket or Tracker item.
  • Support and all other Trackers can have reminders configured to let assignees and submitters know when a support ticket or Tracker Item is waiting on them.
  • Support and all other Trackers can be configured to automatically close an item that has sat with the submitter for some predetermined amount of time (in hours).
  • Customer Groups can be configured with a Tracker so that the customer or stakeholder only see Tracker items that they or others in their group have created.
  • Assignees can now change the who the submitter of a Tracker item was.  This is particularly useful if you provide support via telephone.
  • You can now sort Tracker Items based on who the Tracker item is waiting input from (not to be confused with the assignee).

Worth mentioning, we love this feature so much that we have migrated from our old support system to use GForge Trackers.  Customers should have received an email about this migration which included seamless migration of our customer accounts so the same username and password can be used.  You should continue access our support page at https://gforgegroup.com/support/

Tracker Improvements

In addition to the new User Stories and Support Trackers, we’ve made a couple of other notable updates:

  • Hide Intrinsic Fields – We have made it possible to hide some instrinsic fields (e.g. % complete, duration, etc) on Trackers.  This basically turns GForge Tracker into a general purpose forms engine making it useful for surveys and questionnaires.
  • Export Tracker Queries – The Tracker item browse page now allows you to download search results into CVS, XML and XLS.

Notable Miscellaneous Improvements

There are also a few other improvements that warrant a quick mention:

  • Extended Commit Messages – Prior to v6.3.0 you could associate a commit in CVS, Subversion and Git using [#XXXX] notation.  Now you can report time or even change the status of a tracker item via a commit using an extended notation [#XXXX, next-status, hours].  So, for example a commit with “[#1234, pull-request, 1.5] – Some message” would change tracker item 1234 by changing the status to pull-request, it will add 1.5 hours to the time tracking tab and it would associate the code changes to the Tracker item.
  • Project Disk Quotas – Our first iteration of disk quotas allows GForge Administrators to set the quota limit for specific projects or even specify a sane default for all newly created projects.  We also include a simple disk quota report for tracker purposes.  Please note the quota enforcement is not present and will be a part of our next release.
  • Project Reviews and Ratings – Are you running an open source project or some other community based GForge site?  You can now let users rate and comment on projects.
  • Chat Improvements – In v6.2.0 you could enter [#XXXX] in a chat room to render a summary view of a specific Tracker Item. This release allows you to also use #XXXX which will render a link to Tracker item XXXX with mouse-over text that displays the summary of the Tracker item.
  • Project Invitations – Project administrators can now invite users to their project.  This works for users with or without an existing GForge account.
  • Dead Projects – We now include a new Dead Projects Report allowing GForge Administrators to identify and clean up any unused or dead projects.
  • Project Emails – Project administrators can now send an email to all team members right from their GForge Project.  We will store all sent messages for historical purposes.

BugFixes

As we said already, GForge v6.3.0 includes a number of bug fixes…too many to enumerate here so please have a look at the Complete GForge v6.3.0 ChangeLog

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The GForge Group Enters Public/Private Partnership with Rose-Hulman

We are happy to announce The GForge Group entered their first-ever private/public partnership with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Specifically, an agreement has been reached to establish a special mentorship program with Computer Science and Software Engineering students at Rose-Hulman’s campus in Terre Haute, Ind.

During the school year, Rose-Hulman students will be divided into teams of four or five. Each group will be tasked with implementing a new feature in The GForge Group’s product: GForge Advanced Server. The program is designed to provide undergraduate students with real-world engineering experience.

According to Rose-Hulman Assistant Professor Chandan Rupakheti, the mentorship program, developed jointly by GForge Group President Tony Bibbs, is an incredible opportunity for software engineering students who wish to immerse themselves in “real-world” problems.

“This partnership opens up a new avenue of collaboration between academia and industry. We are extremely excited to launch this special 10-week mentorship program. It has been carefully designed for students to build software components that potentially can be rolled into the product line of an industry leader like GForge,” stated Rupakheti.

Tony Bibbs, GForge Group’s top executive, reinforced the importance of providing hands-on experience to Rose-Hulman’s students. “Every year, the job market competition increases and it’s critical for students to gain in-depth experience in product development. For example, they need to apply agile software principles, be the best in writing and testing source code and performing peer code reviews.”

Bibbs went on to say, “Through this mentorship program, the students will learn how to effectively collaborate using tools like the GForge Advanced Server. After all, we know poor project management and collaboration result in software projects that fail.”