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phpBB 3.1.0 Beta2 released

Greetings all,

We are pleased to announce the release of phpBB 3.1.0 Beta2, the "Bertie hurdling toward the finish line" release. This is the second test version of the upcoming phpBB 3.1.0 feature release following our Beta1 release 10 days ago.

In order to ensure that the final release is of the highest possible quality, we are asking for your assistance with putting the beta through its paces and reporting any encountered bugs. If you find a problem or have a suggestion, please file an issue ticket in our bug tracker.

Please review the Beta1 announcement for an overview of new features in phpBB Ascraeus 3.1 and instructions on updating.

For a complete list of changes with attributed ticket numbers, please consult our comprehensive changelog.

Security
If you find any security issues, please report them to the security tracker.

Download
The downloads are available on the Area51 downloads page.
If you cannot find the package you desire, please see our release archive.

Requirements
Please note that phpBB 3.1 has some requirements that differ from phpBB 3.0:
  • PHP version 5.3.3 or greater is required
  • PHP’s json extension is required
  • For PostgreSQL users, only versions 8.3 and above are supported

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Posted March 30, 2014 | 8:01 pm

phpBB 3.1.0 Beta1 released

Greetings all,

We are pleased to announce the release of phpBB 3.1.0 Beta1, the "Bertie Skypes Without Pants" release. This is the first test version of the upcoming phpBB 3.1.0 feature release and introduces major changes and new functionality.

In order to ensure that the final release is of the highest possible quality, we are asking for your assistance with putting the beta through its paces and reporting any encountered bugs. If you find a problem or have a suggestion, please file an issue ticket in our bug tracker.

How to Update for Testing
An update from phpBB 3.0.12 can be performed using the automated update package, like any regular 3.0.x update. Many existing 3.0.x MODs will experience some compatibility issues with the new version, so you may instead prefer to replace your files with fresh copies to eliminate potential conflicts. Many MOD authors will convert their existing MODs to extensions in due course, removing any eventual need to reinstall them.

Support Status
This beta release is not intended for use in a production environment and only very-limited support will be offered with the express purpose of identifying bugs. As has always been the case, no assistance will be offered for updating from any beta release. Please do not ignore this warning.

Improvements
We have been highlighting various improvements introduced in phpBB Ascraeus 3.1 on our blog over the past weeks, but I would like to feature a few of the more important ones here.

phpBB Ascraeus introduces extensions as a replacement for phpBB MODs. Extensions modify or supplement phpBB's existing functionality using multiple plugin mechanisms and an events system, without modifying any core code. Extensions will streamline the update process and improve compatibility when multiple packages are used simultaneously.

Our default style, prosilver, has been modernized and updated. Its new responsive behaviour makes it a pleasure to use on smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices. Subsilver, our alternate style, has been removed from the default package, but will continue to be supported as a standalone package, like any other style in our database. Style authors are encouraged to base new styles on prosilver.

The user experience has likewise been substantially improved. A new notifications system, similar to those found on Facebook or Google, will inform you of new replies to watched topics, posts quoting you, or new moderation activity. The authentication system is now capable of supporting OAuth based login mechanisms, such as Facebook Connect or Google+ Logins.

Behind the scenes, we have restructured large parts of the code. The template engine is now based on twig, and you can use its full functionality in custom styles. We have replaced a number of phpBB subsystems with Symfony Components to focus more on phpBB's functionality and less on maintaining technical subsystems.

Special Thanks
I would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed code to phpBB 3.1 Beta1:
Joas Schilling, Andreas Fischer, Nathan Guse, Oleg Pudeyev, Nils Adermann, Igor Wiedler, Marc Alexander, Vjacheslav Trushkin, David King, Joseph Warner, Dhruv Goel, Meik Sievertsen, Cesar G, Matt Friedman, Fyorl, Callum Macrae, Chris Smith, Michael Cullum, Bruno Ais, Henry Sudhof, Andy Chase, David M, rechosen, Erik Frèrejean, Senky, Crizzo, Rahul R, Marek A. Ruszczyński, Cullen Walsh, Shibu Lijack, Oliver Schramm, rxu, asperous, OpenShift guest, Vinny, Josh Woody, erangamapa, Lukasz, Patrick Webster, Rahul, Drae, Vic D'Elfant, Hari Sankar R, Forumhulp.com, David Colón, Marcus Vinicius, Tabitha Backoff, Jim Wigginton, Manuel Pichler, Marcus Vinny, Mario Skouat, Maël Soucaze, Paul Tarjan, Varun Agrawal, Zoddo, hanakin, hjpotter92, lucifer4o, riadhchtara, wagnerch, Crizz0, Eric, Fred Sauer, Gabriel Anca, Gaëtan Muller, Jesús Rafael Cova Huerta, Matt, Pico88, Prosk8er, RMcGirr83, Suhaib Khan, Victor Nagy, karan, mtrs, s9e, sakimahesh, we3b. You can find a full list of phpBB contributors on GitHub: https://github.com/phpbb/phpbb3/graphs/contributors.

For a complete list of changes with attributed ticket numbers, please consult our comprehensive changelog.

Security
If you find any security issues, please report them to the security tracker.

Download
The downloads are available on the Area51 downloads page.
If you cannot find the package you desire, please see our release archive.

Requirements
Please note that phpBB 3.1 has some requirements that differ from phpBB 3.0:
  • PHP version 5.3.3 or greater is required
  • PHP’s json extension is required
  • For PostgreSQL users, only versions 8.3 and above are supported

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Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:24 pm

We're participating in Google Summer of Code 2014!

Hi all,

With two years of participation under our belt, I am glad to announce that phpBB is once again taking part in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program this year.

Google's Summer of Code program encourages students to get involved in free and open source software (F/OSS) by pairing them up with experienced mentors in popular F/OSS projects. In addition to making valuable contributions to their host organisation, students gain experience working in a group environment and are further rewarded with a monetary stipend of $5500.00 USD for the summer.

Prospective students can start by browsing our Ideas Page to see the kinds of tasks we would consider beneficial. We do, of course, welcome proposals for your own unique ideas and you may submit multiple proposals if you like. More information about the GSoC program itself is available on the GSoC FAQ page. For instructions on how to apply to work with us, please see our Instructions Page.

phpBB uses Github for source control and students are encouraged to become familiar with the system as early on as possible. Our development wiki contains a beginner's guide (Working_with_Git) and extensive documentation can be found on help.github.com. Additional information regarding phpBB development can be found on Area51.

The student application process is now open and will continue until 19:00 UTC on March 21. Please be mindful of the date as no late proposals can be accepted.

We strongly encourage all students to contact us via IRC in #phpbb-dev on irc.freenode.net. IRC is where we hang out and the odds of having your proposal accepted increase significantly if we recognize you. Alternatively, if you absolutely must, you may send us a private message or email with questions.

phpBB Ideas Page: https://wiki.phpbb.com/GSoC/2014/Ideas
phpBB application instructions: https://wiki.phpbb.com/GSoC/2014/Instructions
phpBB GSoC application page: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org2 ... 2014/phpbb

GSoC Timeline: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/even ... e/gsoc2014
GSoC FAQ: http://www.google-melange.com/document/ ... /help_page

Thanks :)

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Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:48 am

Support Toolkit 1.0.7-PL1 released

Hi all,

The Support Team is pleased to announce the availability of the first patch level maintenance release of the Support Toolkit 1.0.7. This release improves backwards compatibility and improves error handling. This new release can be downloaded from the Support Toolkit page in the CDB.

Updating
When updating from any older Support Toolkit version first delete the old stk/ directory before uploading the new version.

Translations
Translations for this release can be downloaded here. To enable a translation, you only have to download the package and place it in the stk/language directory.

Bug fixes:
  • [Fix] Add support for PHP 5.4 to the MySQL Upgrader. (Bug #63481)
  • [Fix] Undefined variable: topic_ids. (Bug #63475)
  • [Fix] Only synchronise PM reports on phpBB versions that support it.

Other changes:
  • [Change] Adjust the error handler's support for E_STRICT and E_DEPRECATED warnings
  • [Change] Improve backwards compatibility

If you are unfamiliar with the toolkit, please see the Support Toolkit page.

As always, assistance with installation, updating, or any of the tools provided with the Toolkit is available through the support section in the CDB. Please submit any bugs/suggestions to the Support Team Tools bugtracker.

Thank you, and enjoy.

The phpBB Team

You may discuss this announcement in the [Discuss] Support Toolkit 1.0.7-PL1 released topic.

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Posted October 2, 2013 | 2:35 pm

phpBB 3.0.12 released

Greetings community,

We are pleased to announce the release of phpBB "Richard 'D¡cky' Foote" 3.0.12. This version is a maintenance release fixing various bugs but not adding any new features. We have updated the list of bots/spiders, further improved compatibility with recent PHP versions, and support MySQL fulltext search on InnoDB for those MySQL versions which provide it. The custom BBCode token LOCAL_URL has been modified to operate closer to its description. If you have any custom BBCodes using the token you should test if the custom BBCode still functions correctly or if you need to replace the token with the new RELATIVE_URL token. Moderators are no longer exempt from post approval, instead the permission "Can post without approval" is applied as it is for all other users. We now reject very long password inputs immediately to save on resources during password checks.

We urge you to update your installation as soon as possible. Our support team will only support phpBB 3.0.12, updates to phpBB 3.0.12 and conversions to phpBB 3.0.12. Submissions to our trackers for older versions will not be accepted, please make sure you update before you submit a bug report.

If you use a language pack other than the default "English [GB]", you should check our downloads section, an update may already be available.

We would also like to say a special thank you to everyone outside the development team who has contributed a patch to this release:
Marc Alexander, Patrick Webster, Fyorl, erangamapa, Senky, Igor Wiedler, Vjacheslav Trushkin, Andy Chase, Gaëtan Muller, Callum Macrae, Carlo, Matt Friedman, Vinny, Adonais Romero González, Bruno Ais, Crizz0, David Tobin, Jordan Rogers, Joseph Warner, Martin Beckmann, Matthew Fonda, MichaelC, Oyabun1, Sajaki, Victor Nagy, gamerchan, hjpotter92, riadhchtara, westr. You can find a full list of contributors on GitHub: https://github.com/phpbb/phpbb3/graphs/contributors.

For a complete list of changes with attributed ticket numbers, please consult our comprehensive changelog.

Installation instructions

A short explanation of how to do a conversion, installation or update is included within the provided INSTALL.html file, please be sure to read it. You can find a list of requirements on our Downloads page.

Security

If you find any security issues please report them to our security tracker.

Available packages

If you experience problems with the automatic update (white screens, timeouts, etc.) we recommend using the "changed files only" or "patch" method for updating.

  • Full Package:
    Full phpBB 3 source code and english language files.
  • Automatic Update Package:
    Update package for the automatic updater, contains changes from previous release to this release.
  • Changed Files Only:
    Complete files, but only those that were changed since previous releases of phpBB 3. This archive contains changed files for every previous release.
  • Patch Files:
    This file contains diffs against the previous phpBB 3 release, which can be applied with the patch utility.

Select the package most suitable for you. We recommend the following methods depending on your situation:

  • For new installations you should use the Full Package
  • For updates of boards without modifications you can use the Automatic Update Package (guided update) or the Changed Files Only package (manual update).
  • For updates of boards with modifications you should use the Automatic Update Package. If you are confident with patch files and patching you can use the Patch Files Package.
  • International Support Teams may use the Patch Package in conjunction with the Code Changes to better support users with problematic conflicts during their update process or to help them update code sections.
  • If you are a hoster/provider, you may want to use the Patch Files Package to update all of your client installations.

Please ensure you read the INSTALL and README documents in docs/ before proceeding with installation, updates or conversions!

Download Locations

The download is of course available on our downloads page.
Our release archive provides all packages we build. If you do not find your desired package you can probably find it in the release archive.

These are the files with their md5 sums:


phpBB-3.0.12.zip (Full Package)
md5sum: e86ffc334ea53d934c0c1c0588429803
phpBB-3.0.12.tar.bz2 (Full Package)
md5sum: b841460cd4247e240e1b80d989e5fe4f
phpBB-3.0.12-patch.zip (Patch Files)
md5sum: 7bd14b89716e148d5174db279e9b8a3c
phpBB-3.0.12-patch.tar.bz2 (Patch Files)
md5sum: 13cb5dacebd5e151140b7a72184405ed
phpBB-3.0.12-files.zip (Changed Files)
md5sum: 8841d9d007bd7fd1549def08150f089f
phpBB-3.0.12-files.tar.bz2 (Changed Files)
md5sum: 393b3bb229e54da180e9adc8960c7b74
phpBB-3.0.11_to_3.0.12.zip (Automatic Update Package from 3.0.11)
md5sum: 2643ca75fcf365f27dc64f96aa8549bb
phpBB-3.0.11_to_3.0.12.tar.bz2 (Automatic Update Package from 3.0.11)
md5sum: 0d949e4de5c2161ac12d7dd99ad43f30
phpBB-3.0.11_to_3.0.12-codechanges.zip (Language and Style Code Changes)
md5sum: 56cbd3a3f1084814e2147fd24695f001
phpBB-3.0.11_to_3.0.12-codechanges.tar.bz2 (Language and Style Code Changes)
md5sum: 56a73d07cdd1c746908ab9d3e35f9462


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Posted September 28, 2013 | 7:57 am

User impersonating phpBB.com staff

It has come to my attention that a user has been impersonating our team members in an attempt to gain the trust of others and solicit services. If you are contacted by such a user, always attempt to verify their identity. All phpBB staff members have an @phpbb.com email address which you can ask for to verify our identity. If you need to verify our identity while on IRC, you can use the WHOIS command (/whois Noxwizard) and you should see a phpBB hostmask, such as phpbb/manager/Noxwizard or phpbb/support/stevemaury. When you are looking to hire someone to perform work on your site, or you are approached, always look into their background. Anyone who can perform quality work will always be more than happy to provide you with references.

I encourage you to follow the other tips listed in our previous announcement about scam emails: [README] Scam warning / Good practices for hiring developers
If you believe someone is attempting to scam you, feel free to send a copy of the email to the address given at the end of the previous announcement.

Thank you,
The phpBB Team

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Posted July 29, 2013 | 12:58 pm

phpBB at OSCON July 23-25

Greetings,

On July 23-25, phpBB will be exhibiting at OSCON 2013 in Portland Oregon, at the Oregon Convention Center. We'll have our booth on the Bluehost stand right at the beginning of the Expo Hall. Visit our booth and bring your questions or just drop by to chat.

All you need to get into the convention to see us is an Expo Hall pass. Sign up on the OSCON registration page and use coupon code OPENSOURCE for a free Expo Hall Pass. Look here for the Expo Hall hours.

Hope to see you there!

Please discuss this announcement in the discussion topic.

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Posted July 16, 2013 | 7:40 pm

Introducing phpBB Ideas!

Hello,

The Website Team is pleased to announce the availability of phpBB Ideas, a new section of the website for you to suggest, vote on, and discuss features and improvements that you would like to see included in future versions of phpBB. It is designed to provide a middle ground between the community forums, where feature requests are not allowed, and Area51, which is catered towards technical discussions.

The system will keep track of up/down votes and intelligently order them to maximize visibility of the best ones. We expect our Development Team and community contributors to utilize this section when deciding which new features to implement for upcoming releases.

The source for Ideas is, of course, available on GitHub: https://github.com/phpbb/phpbb-ideas. It needs only a phpBB instance in order to be installed, and doesn't require any changes to core files. It is released under the GNU General Public License v2.

Any feedback would be welcome - but do not post it in the Ideas section, as that's for the phpBB core only.

Thanks,

The phpBB Website Team

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Posted July 13, 2013 | 12:34 pm

phpBB 2013 Montréal Hackathon July 10-14

Hi all,

Following in the footsteps of our London, Cologne, New York, and Amsterdam events, I am delighted to announce that next week, the phpBB Team will be descending on Montréal, Canada for a four-day hackathon.

From Wednesday July 10th until Sunday July 14th, 20 members of the core phpBB team and our 6 Google Summer of Code students will be huddled in groups while working on writing features, squashing bugs, improving documentation, and making phpBB a better project for all.

Interested in following our progress? Check out the blog during the above dates for frequent updates on what we're up to.

Does this sound like something you would enjoy participating in? Are you within traveling distance of downtown Montréal? Send me a private message with your project idea (it can be anything to improve phpBB) and you too can join us for a fantastic weekend! Please reach out directly; space is limited and time is very short.

Do you like beer? Do you want to hang out with us while drinking beer? The PHP Quebec team in Montréal are hosting one of their legendary "PHP Beer" events. We'll be there, and you should come too!

We look forward to meeting you in Montréal.

The phpBB Team


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Posted July 5, 2013 | 12:47 am

Come say hi at ForumCon (June 13th, San Francisco)

Hello all,

If you're unfamiliar, ForumCon is a tech conference about all things related to forums and online communities. It's a terrific opportunity to meet other forum owners and listen to some talks by the developers of the various popular forum systems.

If you in the San Francisco area on June 13th, come say hello. It was great to meet some of the community at this event a few years ago and it would be fantastic to have a large phpBB crowd there again. I will be taking part in the "Forum Technology: Past, Present, and Future" panel at 11:45AM if you want to find me for a chat.

User coupon code phpbb20 for 20% off the registration fee.

Hope to see you there.


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Posted June 1, 2013 | 11:34 pm
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