I wanted to give a quick update as to the Status of FusionBB 3.1.
We have been Alpha testing it and the code and features are all performing well. So we are good to go on that front.
There were a variety of upgrade issues that our testers had been experiencing, and you may have seen some of these issues in the forum the last few upgrades. They were usually language file or permission issues. So the installer/upgrader is being reworked to make this process as smooth
as possible. Everyone wants a smooth upgrade right?
I am pleased to report that our updated upgrader is performing well. Updated Upgrader? Say that three times fast.
We also used this opportunity to make a couple of other changes to the foundation of FusionBB. Many new forum admins struggle with getting file permissions setup correctly on your server. To make this even more difficult, everyone's server is different, so there's no steadfast rule about making stuff 755 but sometimes you need 777 etc... Then when you have directories, like those used to hold language files, templates, skins and configuration files, that are writeable, you run a slight security risk of someone being able to write your files.
This isn't a security risk from within FusionBB, but in some server configurations, if files are "world writable" so the apache user can update them, if another account on a shared server is compromised, it can allow a hacker to place files in writable directories, or update writable files. So we have made some changes here as well, washing most of this data, through the database. This helps improve the security as well as will make some stuff easier to update for the average site administrator. And this will make it a bit easier for some things, like headers and such, to not be overwritten during an upgrade.
We also discovered some issues, where when posts or forums are deleted, in some cases, attachments remain on the server. This can lead to file bloat on larger sites. So we're making some changes to resolve this as well.
So we are currently in the process of testing this and making sure the transition with these changes from 3.0 to 3.1 will go smoothly for everyone. Once we are comfortable that we'll be rolling it out here as a public beta.
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