Boom! (Or, this should blow up less often, so maybe the reverse. Er... on second thoughts, let's not go there.)
We just released a stable version of OU blog. By 'stable' I mean, in comparison, the version in CVS and on the previous download link changes immediately that we develop a new feature. So that unstable version is likely to break.
This stable version won't change until the new feature has received some testing and so on. From 7 September, the stable version available will generally be the exact same version running on our live servers for over 100,000 users. This doesn't mean it will be bug-free - in particular there may be certain bugs that don't show up on the OU configuration - but there should be fewer bugs and in general the system is more stable. Also, you will be able to upgrade to a newer stable version (with the same major version number) and be reasonably sure we haven't suddenly added six new features to confuse your users.
If you want to see what OU blog offers I would advise trying the stable version from right now - or if you want to deploy it on a production system, investigate now but I'd advise waiting until at least September 14th (to be sure it's in synch with our release and we fixed any teething troubles) and make very sure you test
on a test system first. This is stable only by comparison. We're not guaranteeing anything!Download via the standard page
but not using the links at the bottom - look for the red text, there's a download link just after that. Pick the latest version from my google docs folder. As of right now it's R1.4, I expect this number to increase over the next few days, it will get a lot more genuinely stable after September 7th.
Once you have it installed you can check your current version number (such as R1.4) on the blog settings page. Ordinarily, upgrading to a new stable version with the same R number, such as R1.17 for example, won't require a database update.
Please report any bugs using the Moodle tracker, 'contributed code', 'Module: OU blog'. When you report a bug, please (a) make sure you have upgraded to the latest stable release and the bug still occurs, (b) you quote the R number in your bug report.
If you last tried OU blog a long time ago, you might be interested to know that this version includes among other features:
- Public comments (moderated)
- Individual blog at course level (learning journal)
Keep an eye on my blog
(which does not get public comments until hopefully September 7th, so you can't comment on it yet, sorry) if you want to see more information and such - I am hopefully going to make a screencast to explain the public comments feature because it's pretty neat (but might need explaining).
Sorry for this long post, and if you got this far, thanks for reading it
I know some people like OU blog, hopefully this new stable version will make it more practical to deploy at other institutions.