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Launchpad is open source

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2009-07-21

Launchpad is now an open source project! Get the code and join the developer community.

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Launchpad 2.2.6 released

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2009-06-29

The Launchpad team is proud to announce Launchpad 2.2.6, released on June
24th 2009!

In this release we have:

 * enhanced bug tag search
 * project timeline graphs
 * series dashboards: one page with all you need to track a series' progress.

Read on for more!

Enhanced bug tag search
------------------------

Bug tags just became more useful: we've enhanced bug tag search so you can
search for the absence of tags.

Let's say you're spending one week working on bugs tagged "ui" and the next
week on bugs tagged "help-text". Some of bugs may have both the "ui" and
"help-text" tags. If you'd prefer to stick to pure user interface issues, you
can search for those bugs that have a "ui" tag but not a "help-text" tag.

See Gavin's blog post for more:

http://blog.launchpad.net/bug-tracking/searching-bugs-with-tags-now-with-wings

Project timeslines
-------------------

Getting a feel for a project's level of activity can mean trawling through
commit messages, mailing lists and bug reports. If all you want is a quick
overview, take a look at the new timeline on project overview pages.

With one glance, you can see how many series, milestones and releases the
project has.

See our blog post for more:

http://blog.launchpad.net/cool-new-stuff/project-timelines

Series dashboards
------------------

If you need more detailed information on a project's status, you'll want to
use the new series overview pages. They work just like a dashboard for that
series, showing you:

 * the status of bugs and blueprints for each milestone in the series
 * where to find the main code branch for the series
 * if and where the software is packaged.

Take a look at our blog post on series dashboards:

http://blog.launchpad.net/cool-new-stuff/series-dashboards

Trac migration kit
--------------------

A while back, the Elisa project migrated from Trac to Launchpad. They wrote a
tool to help them move. Since then, Launchpad developer Graham has done
further work on the tool and now it's available under the GPLv3.

Read Graham's blog post:

http://blog.launchpad.net/cool-new-stuff/my-migrator-let-me-show-you-it

How to get your translations and templates into Launchpad
----------------------------------------------------------

If you're considering using Launchpad to translate your project, take a look
at our newly updated guide to getting your templates (.pot file) and
translations (.po files) into Launchpad.

https://help.launchpad.net/Translations/ImportPolicy

Also in this release
---------------------

For full details of the bugs and blueprints that make up
Launchpad 2.2.6 visit its milestone page:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+milestone/2.2.6

If you come across a bug, please report it here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad

See you next time
------------------

Launchpad 2.2.7 is due on the 21st of July.

In the meantime, stay up to date with Launchpad news and views
through our blog:

http://blog.launchpad.net

And as always, you can join us in #launchpad on Freenode and on
the launchpad-users mailing list:

https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-users

Launchpad 2.2.5 released!

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2009-05-26

The Launchpad team is proud to announce Launchpad 2.2.5, released
on May 26th 2009!

Let's take a look at what's new this month:

 * Edit bug tags in-line: rather than reloading the page each
   time you add, edit or remove a bug tag, Launchpad now does it
   through Ajax. See our blog post for more:
   http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=782

 * Branch activity sparklines: get an overview of the commit
   activity on a project's trunk branch with our new sparkline
   graphs. Read the blog post: http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=792

Launchpad YouTube channel
--------------------------

For video tutorials and overviews of new features, subscribe to
either our new YouTube channel or, if you prefer Ogg Theora, the
Videos page on the Launchpad help wiki.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CanonicalLaunchpad
Ogg Theora: https://help.launchpad.net/Videos

Got a request? Email us: feedback@launchpad.net

Also in this release
---------------------

For full details of the bugs and blueprints that make up
Launchpad 2.2.5 visit its milestone page:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+milestone/2.2.5

If you come across a bug, please report it here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad

See you next time
------------------

Launchpad 2.2.6 is due on the 27th of June.

In the meantime, stay up to date with Launchpad news and views
through our blog:

http://blog.launchpad.net

And as always, you can join us in #launchpad on Freenode and on
the launchpad-users mailing list:

https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-users

Updated on 2009-05-28.

Launchpad 2.2.4

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2009-04-30

The Launchpad team is proud to announce Launchpad 2.2.4, released on April
29th 2009!

In this release we've introduced translation imports from Bazaar branches.

There's also news from Launchpad's UI guy, Martin Albisetti, and we'll look at
what's changed since we announced the Launchpad 1.0 beta two years ago this
month.

Translation imports from Bazaar branches
-----------------------------------------

We're bringing Launchpad Translations and Launchpad's Bazaar code hosting
together.

Now you can ask Launchpad to make either a one-off or continuous import of any
.po translation files it finds in your project's official series branches. In our last
release we introduced translation template imports from Bazaar branches.

Henning Eggers, who developed the feature, explains more:

  This is ideal for a project's initial translations import into Launchpad. The
  continuous import is also useful for projects who use both Launchpad and
  external translation tools.

There's more in Henning's blog post:

http://blog.launchpad.net/translations/import-translations-from-bazaar-branches

Introducing AJAX in the Launchpad web interface
------------------------------------------------

Spotted green link text in Launchpad? Each time you see a green link you can
click it and know you won't navigate away from the page you're working on.

Over to Martin Albisetti, Launchpad's user experience guy, for more:

  We've started moving towards a JavaScript-driven interface to streamline how
  we all use Launchpad.

  Recently we've been moving common actions over to AJAX, such as marking a bug
  duplicate. In Launchpad 2.2.4, we've released a new milestone picker, which
  allows you to select and create new milestones in-line. As a kick-off for our
  goal of making the bug page work fully in-line, we've also made setting the
  privacy of a bug use AJAX.

  Expect many exciting things to appear on Launchpad's edge servers in the
  following weeks and look out for those green links!

Follow our AJAX interface work at https://blog.launchpad.net/

Two years since 1.0
--------------------

Two years ago this month we announced the beta of Launchpad 1.0! Here's some
idea of how Launchpad has grown since then:

  People registered: 898,261 April 2007, 2,728,657 today
  Projects registered: 2,323 April 2007, 11,475 projects today
  Bug reports: 125,310 April 2007, 367,178 today
  Code branches: 2,459 April 2007, 29,380 today

And of course, since then we've introduced Personal Package Archives, our web
services API, mailing list hosting, code review, plugins for two-way
communication between Launchpad and external trackers, and a whole lot more.

Here's to the next two years and Launchpad's open sourcing this summer!

Also in this release
---------------------

For full details of the bugs and blueprints that make up Launchpad 2.2.4 visit
its milestone page:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+milestone/2.2.4

If you come across a bug, please report it here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad

See you next time
------------------

Launchpad 2.2.5 is due on the 27th of May.

In the meantime, stay up to date with Launchpad news and views through our blog:

http://blog.launchpad.net

And as always, you can join us in #launchpad on Freenode and on the
launchpad-users mailing list:

https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-users

Launchpad 2.2.3 released

Written for Launchpad Suite by Matthew Revell on 2009-04-01

The Launchpad team is proud to announce the release of Launchpad 2.2.3!

Here are the highlights of what's new in this release:

 * Additional Personal Package Archives for yourself and your teams
 * Translation template imports directly from your project's Bazaar
   branches

Read on for more!

Additional Personal Package Archives
-------------------------------------

You can now create multiple PPAs both for yourself and your teams.

This is ideal if you're publishing different versions of the same
application to different audiences. For example: you may have one
archive for alpha versions and another that's used by your beta testers.

Visit your profile page -- or that of one of your teams -- to add more
PPAs.

See Julian's blog post for further details:

http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=658

Translation template imports from Bazaar branches
--------------------------------------------------

Host your project's code using Launchpad and Bazaar? Also translate your
software using Launchpad?

Launchpad can now automatically find and import your translation
templates from your project's Bazaar branches.

Once you've activated automatic imports, Launchpad will monitor the
official branch for each of your series and pull in any new template
versions that you commit.

Read Henning's blog post to get the full story:

http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=639

Also new in this release
------------------------

There's more to Launchpad 2.2.3, including:

 * teams can now have +junk branches
 * releases are now directly linked to milestones -- see Curtis' blog
   post for more: http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=627
 * projects' owners and bug supervisors can now set official bug tags
 * uploading packages to Launchpad, whether directly for Ubuntu or to a
   PPA, now earns you karma!

For full details of the bugs and blueprints that make up Launchpad 2.2.3
visit its milestone page:

https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+milestone/2.2.3

If you come across a bug, please report it here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad

See you at the end of the month
--------------------------------

Our second release for April -- 2.2.4 -- is due on the 29th of April.

In the meantime, stay up to date with Launchpad news and views through
our blog:

http://blog.launchpad.net

And as always, you can join us in #launchpad on Freenode and on the
launchpad-users mailing list:

https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-users

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