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Launchpad 2.1.10: faster branch uploads

Written for Launchpad itself by Matthew Revell on 2008-10-16

The Launchpad team is excited to announce the October 16th 2008
release of Launchpad 2.1.10!

There's great news if you use Launchpad to host Bazaar branches,
plus there's the usual smaller new features and bug fixes.

Slashing branch upload times
-----------------------------

From now on, you may notice that uploading a branch to Launchpad
is significantly quicker. With this release, we've introduced
support for Bazaar's new stacked branches feature.

Over to Launchpad Code developer, Jono Lange, for details:

  Stacked branches work just like normal branches but hold only
  the history that differentiates them from the project's
  mainline.

  So, if you upload a branch to a project that already has its
  trunk branch in Launchpad, you're uploading only the
  differences between your work and the trunk.

Stacked branches mean that uploading a large project's code to
Launchpad can now take just a couple of minutes. To use them, you
need to upgrade your branches to Bazaar format 1.6 and run Bazaar
1.7 or later.

See Jono's blog post for more detail:

http://news.launchpad.net/?p=151

This bug affects me too
------------------------

If you've ever come to file a bug and found that it's already
been reported, you may have wanted to let the project know that
you too have been affected.

Trouble is: many projects find "me too" comments unhelpful
because they don't add much to the discussion.

Launchpad's new "This bug affects me too" feature lets you record
just that but without the guilt! Give it a go in our staging
environment:

https://bugs.staging.launchpad.net/malone/+bug/271333

We'll use the "me too" data in future to help projects identify
hot bugs.

Also in Launchpad 2.1.10
-------------------------

You can find the full details of this release on its milestone
page at:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+milestone/2.1.10

Getting help with Launchpad
----------------------------

Each weekday, members of the Launchpad team are taking turns to
offer help with Launchpad. Check the #launchpad channel topic
or our wiki page to see who's on duty:

https://help.launchpad.net/HelpRotation

Launchpad 2.1.11 is due on the 19th November. In the mean time,
join us in #launchpad on Freenode and on the launchpad-users
mailing list:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/launchpad-users

If you come across any bugs in Launchpad, please report them at:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad/+filebug

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Launchpad 2.1.9 released

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2008-09-25

The Launchpad team is proud to announce the release of
Launchpad 2.1.9!

In this release, we have:

 * Karma for code reviews: earn karma when you take part in code
   reviews in Launchpad. For more on code reviews,
   see https://news.launchpad.net/?p=91

 * Maps on profile pages: see straight away where in the world
   other people are thanks to new profile page maps.

Setting your location on the map is easy: visit your profile page
(https://launchpad.net/people/+me) and click to plant your flag.
It'll show up both on your own profile and on the map of any
teams you're part of.

The maps aren't just for fun: they also make it easier to decide
on meeting times and possible locations for physical meet-ups.
Take a look at the Launchpad Developers team for an example:

https://launchpad.net/~launchpad

Full details of Launchpad 2.1.9
--------------------------------

Full details of the features and bug fixes that went into this
release are on the Launchpad 2.1.9 milestone page:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-bazaar/+milestone/2.1.9

If you come across any bugs in Launchpad, please report them
here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad/+filebug

We'll be releasing Launchpad 2.1.10 on October 15th. In the mean
time, join us in #launchpad on Freenode and on the
launchpad-users mailing list:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/launchpad-users

Launchpad 2.1.8 released

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2008-08-21

We in the Launchpad team are proud to announce the 21st August
2008 release of Launchpad 2.1.8!

This release brings two items of good news for anyone who
commits code to branches registered in Launchpad:

 * Karma for commits: Launchpad now awards karma for code
   commits to project branches.

 * Feeds of each person's code commits: as well as a feed that
   shows which branches you work on, Launchpad now gives you a
   feed of all the commits you've made to branches in Launchpad.

To subscribe to someone's branch commits feed, go to their code
overview page - visit https://code.launchpad.net/people/+me for
your own - and click the feed icon in your browser's address
bar.

There's more about karma for commits in our blog post:

http://news.launchpad.net/cool-new-stuff/karma-for-commits

Bugzilla and Trac plugin beta now open
---------------------------------------

Sharing the same bug report and comment history between
communities is one of Launchpad's most useful features.

With the beta of our new plugins for Bugzilla and Trac now open,
projects who run their own external bug trackers can now also
share bug comment histories with Launchpad.

Graham Binns from the Launchpad Bugs team blogs about how to
take part in the beta, if you run a Bugzilla or Trac instance:

http://news.launchpad.net/?p=115

Regular updates on the Launchpad API beta
------------------------------------------

If you're following the beta of the Launchpad API, you can now
get regular updates on what's new from Leonard Richardson, one
of the Launchpad team working on the API.

Leonard's posts are in the Launchad News blog's API category:

http://news.launchpad.net/category/api

Full details of Launchpad 2.1.8
--------------------------------

Full details of the features and bug fixes that went into this
release are on the Launchpad 2.1.8 milestone page:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+milestone/2.1.8

If you come across any bugs in Launchpad, please report them
here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad/+filebug

We'll be releasing Launchpad 2.1.9 on the 17th September. In the
mean time, join us each Thursday at 18.00 UTC in
#launchpad-meeting on Freenode for the Launchpad team meeting
and also any time on the launchpad-users mailing list:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/launchpad-users

Updated on 2008-08-21.

Launchpad 2.0 released!

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2008-07-29

We're thrilled to announce the release of Launchpad 2.0!

This brings together new features from the past nine months of Launchpad’s development and introduces two exciting beta features.

And, of course, if you’ve visited Launchpad recently you’ll have seen our new, simpler, layout and navigation.

Let’s take a look at the key new features in this release.

Restful web services API and Python library
--------------------------------------------

One of our main goals for Launchpad 2.0 has been to make it easier to manipulate data in Launchpad.

With this release, we’re introducing a beta test of two things that will enable you to develop external applications that can authenticate,
query and modify data in Launchpad’s database:

    * a restful web services API
    * and a Python library to access the new API.

Initially, the API will provide access to file and search for bugs, as well as the people and teams systems.

We’ll announce full details of the API and Python library later this week; keep an eye on this blog!

In the mean time, apply to join the Launchpad Beta Testers team if you’d like to take part in the beta.
Closer integration with Bugzilla and Trac

New Launchpad layout
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Often, bugs in free software affect more than one project. Launchpad lets projects share the same bug report and comment history so they can worth together on a fix.

Up until now, that’s only been available where each project uses Launchpad as their bug tracker. With Launchpad 2.0, we’re introducing a beta test of two new GPL plugins — one for Bugzilla, one for Trac — that enable projects to share a comment history between the bug as it’s tracked in Launchpad and in external trackers.

If you would like to help beta test the new plugins, let us know.

Simpler page layout and navigation
-----------------------------------

One of the most obvious changes in Launchpad 2.0 is the web interface’s new design. Our aim has been to simplify the layout and navigation. There’s more in our blog post.

New Launchpad tour
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Want to show someone what Launchpad’s all about? Send them to our new tour!
Other new features that make up Launchpad 2.0

Since our 1.0 launch in April 2007, we’ve introduced many new features that make up Launchpad 2.0, including:

    * Code review: public discussion and voting on proposed code merges.
    * Mailing lists for teams.
    * Personal package archives: publish Ubuntu packages in your own apt repository.
    * Atom feeds for bugs, branches and project announcements.
    * Plus: binary file downloads, improved universal search, translation string search and support for more external bug trackers, amongst other improvements.

As ever, we’d love to hear what you think of our new release. If you come across a problem, please file a bug. Otherwise, send us an email, in particular if there’s something you really want to see in a future Launchpad release.

Updated on 2008-08-19. Read more

Launchpad 1.2.6 released

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2008-07-01

The Launchpad team is proud to announce the 1st July 2008 release of Launchpad 1.2.6!

New features in this release include:

    * two great improvements to code review, including an email interface
    * a new interface for bugs, translations and distribution pages
    * and more control code imports!

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