Vanilla 2021.003 RC2 is now available
Today, on the 16th anniversary of this community, we're introducing Vanilla 2021.003 RC2, which is the sequel to Vanilla 4.0 RC1.
This version number is sure to confuse some folks, so let me take a minute to explain. In an effort to streamline our OSS releases, we're going to try bringing their version numbers inline with what we use in our hosted product. Approximately once every two weeks, we crank out a new hosted release and version it based on the current year along with its sequence in the releases for that year. Instead of trying to translate between the two versions (e.g. 4.0 might internally mean 2021.003, while 4.0.1 could internally be 2021.004), they'll each have the same versioning.
You've also probably noticed this is the second release candidate for the new version. The plan is to try this out for a couple weeks and, barring any reports of catastrophic breakage from the community, formally releasing it as the next official version of Vanilla.
Same as RC1, there are some warnings and considerations I'll repeat here:
- This is an RC (release candidate). It is not intended for use in production environments. It is pre-release software. Install it in some kind of sandbox and go nuts, but avoid overwriting your existing Vanilla installs. Once we're confident in Vanilla 2021.003 on open-source community sites, we'll drop a production-ready release. Future updates probably won't need an RC cycle, but given the length of time since the last release, it seems prudent.
- Vanilla 2021.003 requires at least PHP 7.2. It's also the last version that'll support PHP 7.2. Future versions of Vanilla will require PHP 7.4+.
- MySQL 5.7+ is required, starting with Vanilla 2021.003.
- Full-text indexes have been disabled by default. You can enable them by adding a
Database.FullTextIndexingkey to your config and setting it to
true. Failure to do this before upgrading to Vanilla 2021.003 will result in your full-text database indexes being lost.
If you're still feeling bold, you can checkout the changelog and download Vanilla 2021.003 RC2 over on GitHub. You'll find a pre-built package under "Assets".