31 March 2011
JIRA 4.4 EAP 2 (a.k.a 4.4 milestone 2 or 'm2') is a public development release leading up to JIRA 4.4. An Early Access Preview (EAP) release is a snapshot of our work in progress, primarily focused on allowing JIRA users to see the new features in advance and provide us with some useful feedback. It also gives plugin developers an opportunity to test and fix their plugins in advance of an official release. For all production use and testing of JIRA, please use the latest official release.
Please note that JIRA 4.4 EAP 1 was not released to the public.
While development work on JIRA 4.4 commenced relatively recently, we want your involvement from the earliest days. Please provide feedback here.
JIRA 4.4 brings you a visual Workflow Designer and Workflow Viewer. We are also very pleased to announce that the JIRA installation process has been improved and simplified.
Upgrading to JIRA 4.4 EAP 2
Do not use in production
- EAP releases are not safe — EAP releases are snapshots of the ongoing JIRA development process. As such:
- 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 EAP releases represent work in progress, we can not provide a supported upgrade path between EAP releases, or from any EAP to the eventual final release. Thus, any data you store in a JIRA EAP release may not be able to be migrated to a future JIRA release.
Highlights of JIRA 4.4 EAP 2
Visual Workflow Designer For Administrators
JIRA 4.4 provides a visual representation of your workflow, making it easy to map out your business processes.
Simply go to "Workflows" in JIRA administration as usual, and click the "Design" link for the workflow you wish to edit. You can right-click on individual Steps and Transitions to view more information.
Workflow Viewer on the "View Issue" Screen
You can also see a read-only view of the workflow from the "View Issue" page — just select "View Workflow" from the "More Actions" menu. We've made it simple for everyone to use, without requiring Flash to be installed.
The workflow viewer also highlights the current status of your issue in the workflow.
Database Connection Now Included In Setup
In JIRA 4.4, connecting to an external database is now part of the standard setup wizard. It will change before the final 4.4 release, but here is how it looks in M2:
Console Installer Wizard for Linux
A simple command line/console installer wizard is now available for Linux operating systems.
To install JIRA, simply download the Linux
.bin installer file and at the command line or shell prompt, execute this file and follow the remaining prompts!
You can install JIRA as either the 'root' user or a non-root user under Linux. Currently, however, JIRA will be run as the same Linux user account which is used to install JIRA via this wizard. We intend to change this behaviour in a future EAP.
If you use the console installer wizard to install JIRA as the
root user on your Linux operating system, then for security reasons, you should not use this JIRA installation in a public-facing environment.
Improvements to the Windows Installer Wizard
The installer wizard for Windows now works smoothly for Windows 7 and Vista.
The process for installing JIRA as a Windows service has also improved and wizard now allows you to specify the port numbers used to run and access JIRA.
Other Enhancements and Fixes
For the list of issues resolved in JIRA 4.4 so far, click here.