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Midgard Weekly Summary for 27th of October, 1999 (#21)

Oct 28, 1999, 17:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henri Bergius)

MWS for 27th of October, 1999 (#21)
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 18:25:59 +0300 (EEST)
From: Henri Bergius <<a href="mailto:Henri.Bergius@iki.fi">Henri.Bergius@iki.fi>


I'm now back from the US so we can try to catch up with what has happened since the last MWS. There is very good stuff going on in both the Midgard mailing list and in private discussions. It is nice to see so many people interested in using and working on the system.

Current versions:
Stable: 1.2.4 (Mad King)
Devel.: 1.3

Midgard 1.2.4 released

Jukka released the latest stable version of Midgard on October 26th. Here is the release announcement:

Midgard 1.2.4 adds support for multiple Midgard databases in a single Apache server. Support for URL address space management was extended and better defaults for configuration directives was added. Some access control bugs were fixed in the Midgard library.

Changes in this release:

- Now supports multiple Midgard databases
- MidgardDatabase can now be used many times
- MidgardUsername and MidgardPassword now only set the defaults
- You can use extra arguments to MidgardDatabase to set the username and password
- MidgardEngine now works inside VirtualHosts and even Locations
- MidgardRootfile now defaults to libexec/midgard-root.php3
- Structure of log messages is now clearer.
- Bug fixes in access control. Group membership is now handled better.

The semantics of the Midgard configuration directives have changed a bit so it is advised that the mod_midgard documentation (INSTALL and midgard.conf files) are checked before upgrading from an earlier version. The changes are only minimal and should cause no problems.

The release is available as both source and RPM formats from Midgard's Web site:

-> http://www.midgard-project.org/download/

Russian version of Midgard

Alexander Bokovoy has announced that there is now a version of Midgard in Russian language.

This version includes a translated Admin site and some modifications to the Midgard 1.2.3 sources to allow the use of Russian code pages.

The Russian Midgard 1.2.3 should be available soon and according to Jukka the modifications will probably also be included into future Midgard releases.

After the announcement of Russian Midgard we've received some offers to translate Midgard to various other languages, and hopefully this will be the beginning of the actual work on adding the needed i18n and l10n features into Midgard. If there is interest in working on this, let us know!

-> http://www.progressive-comp.com/Lists/?l=midgard&m=94094237107938&w=2

Midgard Workshop #2

The next Midgard Workshop will be held during January 2000 in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Michael Ed (michael@marlowes.com) has offered to arrange the next training event for Midgard. The event will probably take place in January 22nd-23rd, and will concentrate mostly on development labs, but we will also speak about Midgard's future there.

I'll post more on this when the details are clearer. Before that, Michael can be contacted for further information.

Improved host configuration

Emile has informed us of a very interesting way of configuring Apache VirtualHosts. This would enable Midgard administrators to add new hosts dynamically from the Admin site without needing to change the actual Apache configuration files.

You can learn how to do it from Emile's email to the Midgard mailing list:

-> http://www.progressive-comp.com/Lists/?l=midgard&m=93989027430223&w=2

About Midgard

Midgard is a freely-available Web application development and publishing platform based on the popular PHP scripting language. It is an Open Source development project, giving you the freedom to create your solutions in an open environment. Midgard is the tool for creating, modifying and maintaining dynamic database-enabled web services.

-> http://www.midgard-project.org

About MWS

The Midgard Weekly Summary is a newsletter for the Midgard user and developer community.

The MWS is currently being distributed in following mediums:

-The Midgard Project's Web site
-> http://www.midgard-project.org

-Linux Weekly News
-> http://www.lwn.net

-Linux Developer's Network
-> http://linuxdev.net

-Open Source Writers Group
-> http://www.oswg.org

-Midgard mailing list

If you would like to release it elsewhere, please contact Henri Bergius

Previous issues of Midgard Weekly Summary can be found archived at the Midgard web site.
-> http://www.midgard-project.org/topic/169.html


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