News: OpenX 2.8.6 released (or not?)

Editor’s note: this is a post by guest blogger Erik Geurts

Just like in March 2010, a new version of the OpenX software has been released recently, but not a single byte of publicity has been devoted to it. No mention on the OpenX blog or on Twitter, nothing. Judging from the dates on the files in the download archive, the new release was completed on September 2nd of 2010, so almost a week ago.

This new version 2.8.6 seems to be mostly about the security issue that was found and fixed a few weeks ago. Back then, on August 12, a somewhat cryptic announcement was posted on the OpenX forums, informing people how to fix the security problem. That post also hinted at a new release that would be out soon.

The release notes file in the 2.8.6 archive points to the OpenX Developer site for more details, but the issue tracker for version 2.8.6 is still open and most issues in it are still marked as unresolved. And the version check inside the OpenX software

Altogether, this is a pretty strange situation. Obviously, it’s smart to upgrade to a new version as soon as it’s released, especially if the upgrade is about fixing security issues. On the other hand, what should we think about a release that is not announced in any way, shape or form?

Download the OpenX Community edition v2.8.6.

News: OpenX 2.8.5 released

Well, sort of. The Guru comes back from a break to find that while the release file of OpenX 2.8.5 is up on the OpenX site, there’s been no announcement from OpenX about this release, there’s nothing in the release notes in the download, and there are issues in OpenX’s own issue tracking system with regards to the release that are not resolved.

OpenX community member Erik Geurts has already posted a warning about this release – and his advice to avoid this release for now sounds eminently sensible, at least until someone from OpenX lets us know what’s going on. OpenX team, you out there???

News: OpenX 2.8.4 released

Well, you go away for a holiday, and look what happens? OpenX go and release OpenX 2.8.4.

Luckily, the ever vigilant Erik Geurts has a blog post about the release, as well as the disappointing fact that you now need to have have, or sign up for an account with OpenX to be able to install or upgrade now.

News: OpenX 2.8.2 maintenance patch released

Great news! Erik Geurts and Matteo Beccati have combined forced, and released a patch for the contract campaign under-delivery bug in the OpenX 2.8.2!

You can find the patch attached to OpenX bug OX-5839.

News: OpenX 2.8.2 released

It seems that OpenX 2.8.2, which the OpenX team announced would be coming out last week, is now available for download on the OpenX site.

Strangely, there’s been no announcement on the OpenX blog about the fact the release is now available; the promised support for video banners in OpenX is not included in the 2.8.2 release package; and the release notes are not available online, although they are included in the download package1.

However, there are 113 resolved issues in this release, and so far, The Guru’s upgrade tests have seemed to work okay. If you’ve been suffering from the major issues in OpenX 2.8.0 or 2.8.1, mostly related to issues with Contract Campaign delivery; if you’d like the new Companion Positioning functionality (where non-companion campaign banners will be delivered in zones where a companion banner cannot be shown); or if you are affected by one of the many bugs fixed in the release, then an upgrade is definitely worth a shot.

Remember to always do a complete backup before you get started, of course, as it’s been a long time since OpenX 2.8.1 was released, and with an upgrade with this many changes, it will be comforting to know that you can roll back if you need to.

  1. Interestingly, the release notes don’t mention OpenX 2.8.0 and 2.8.1 as versions that you can upgrade from, although you can, naturally, upgrade from these versions. []