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Welcome Matt Schmidt

12.19.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

Welcome to Matt Schmidt, who just joined the Roller project as a committer. From the Roller development mailing-list:
Dave Johnson: Matt was one of the earliest users and supporters of Roller. He's the director of technology at the Javalobby and along with Rick Ross he helped grow the Roller community by offering free Roller-based blogs at Matt, Rick and I spent many hours on instant messenger, on the phone and at Javalobby headquarters (here in Cary, NC) debugging Roller's early performance problems. Since then, he's played an active role in the Roller dev list and I've continued to work with him on Roller issues via instant messenger.

Matt is part of the Roller developer and user community, does good work and I'd like to encourage his further contributions and involvement by nominating him for committer status on Roller and giving him his first +1

Roller 2.0 is available for download

11.24.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

Roller 2.0 is now available on Roller's Java.Net download space. Roller 2.0 is a major release that includes:

  • Full support for group blogging. Users can have multiple blogs and can invite other users to join group blogs with three permission levels and simple workflow.
  • Web user interface redesign. The entire UI has been reworked to support group blogging, simplify and enhance the user experience.
  • Additional database support. Database creation scripts added for Apache Derby, IBM DB2 and Oracle (in addition to existing MySQL, PostgreSQL and HSQL-DB support).
  • Superusers. Global administrators can now admin and edit any blog in the system.
  • And lots more!. The release also includes numerous bug fixes and small improvements, see CHANGES.txt for the full list of changes.

This is a new release, but the Roller 2.0 codebase has been in use for weeks at a number of production sites, including and this site. Here are links to the updated documentation:

As usual, if you run into installation or upgrade problems, please seek assistance on the Roller mailing lists. Please report bugs and enhancement requests to Roller's JIRA-based issue tracker.

NOTE: Roller is in the Apache Incubator, but this release is not an official release of or endorsed by the Apache Software Foundation. Also, Roller itself is licensed under the Apache license v2.0, but some components included in Roller have more restrictive licenses.

Roller 1.3 is available

11.15.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

Roller 1.3, a minor bug-fix release, is now available at Roller's Java.Net download space. Bug fixes are listed in the CHANGES.txt file. The RollerDocumentation_1.x lists the documenation associated with the release.

Roller 1.3 on the way

10.21.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

The Roller team voted to ship Roller 1.3 and is now preparing to make it's very first officially un-official release from the Apache Incubator. Henri set up a Roller status page for us on the Incubator website and today we're branching, tagging, creating release files and discussing where to maket he release.

Elias Torres joins the Roller project

09.17.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

Warm welcome to Elias Torres, Roller's newest committer. From Dave's blog:
Welcome to Elias, who brings the Roller committer count up to 
seven (in chronological order: Dave, Matt, Lance, Anil, Henri, 
Allen, and now Elias). Elias runs one of the biggest Roller 
installs in the world at IBM and he's got lots of cool feature 
ideas and practical suggestions for improving Roller.

Roller 1.2 available for download

06.29.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

Roller 1.2 has been released and is available for download. The release features , bug fixes, and some minor improvements. You can find the files in Roller's Java.Net download space or via the links below:

Once you've downloaded Roller refer to the docs to install and use Roller:

Run into problems during installation? Subscribe to the Roller user mailing-list.

Roller Mailing Lists moving to Apache

06.24.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

As part of our ongoing move to Apache, we're leaving the old SourceForge mailing lists behind and switching to new new mailing-lists hosted by the Apache Incubator. Subscription instructions:

Roller Developer mailing list

Roller User mailing list

Roller 1.1.2 available

06.12.2005 by Dave Johnson | 0 Comments

This release is another bug fix release that fixes Roller search feature. You can download the full release or a patch that you can apply to your existing Roller 1.1 (or Roller 1.1.1) installation.

The full release

The patch release

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