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Milestone release advisory

For testing use only

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Do not use this release to upgrade your production systems.

For all production use and evaluation of Confluence, please use the latest official release.

This release is a public development release ('milestone') leading up to the next Confluence major release. Development releases are a snapshot of our work in progress, allowing our customers and especially plugin developers to see what we're up to.

Who should upgrade?

Please note the following

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  • Development releases are not safe. Development releases are snapshots of the ongoing Confluence development process. For that reason:
    • While we try to keep these releases stable, they have not undergone the same degree of testing as a full release.
    • Features in development releases may be incomplete, or may change or be removed before the next full release.
  • No upgrade path. Because development releases represent work in progress, we cannot provide a supported upgrade path between development releases, or from any development release to the eventual final release. Thus, it is possible that you will not be able to migrate any data you store in a Confluence development release to a future Confluence release.
  • Atlassian does not provide support for development releases.

In supplying milestone releases, our aim is to provide plugin developers with an opportunity to see the latest changes in the code.

Each milestone release has passed all our automatic tests and has been used for one week on our official internal Confluence server. Most of the issues solved have been reviewed too, and all of our milestone releases even have been performance tested for a while.

However, since our milestones releases are timeboxed (that is, they are released every two weeks, no matter how far we have come implementing features and bugfixes) there is always a chance that we have new known bugs that are scheduled to be fixed in the next milestone, or completely new bugs unknown even to us.

Additionally, we have not completed our performance testing and compatibility testing for all supported databases and user management systems. So, for example, a milestone release may behave well on a small installation but show severe problems when subjected to many users.

Upgrade Procedure

Follow the normal upgrade instructions to upgrade your test instance to this release. We strongly recommend that you backup your Confluence home directory and database before upgrading!

Downloads

All development releases are available from the development releases page on the Atlassian website.

While you were away...

You can see all the feature details in the beta 2 announcement. This update about the Release Candidate is just for developers and evaluators who want to know what changed between the Beta 2 and the Release Candidate. Not much! (smile)

Changes in RC1

It's should come as no surprise that we have mainly been bugfixing since the Beta 2.

Faster Editor

But, in order to make our Selenium builds pass more reliably, Agnes had to spend some time on making the editor faster. And she did! (smile)

UI tweaks

Matt came up with a better widget connector icon, we've added the table-of-content which had been forgotten, and Stephen came up with a great fullscreen icon that really grabs your attention and means something.

Office file preview has a more prominent edit button

A common complaint at Atlassian Summit was that people didn't realize that you could launch your editor directly from the file preview so we've made it more obvious.

Road ahead

We aim at turning the RC into the Final Release and ship it on Thursday the 3rd December.

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    And I saw the demo-site.zip increased a lot in size in comparison to beta2 (big grin) .

  2. Anonymous

    When will 3.1 be available for download?

    1. Hi,

      Confluence 3.1 is now available for download. Here is the download link.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers
      JSashi