LimeSurvey 4 RC2 - What Is Left to Be Done?

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2 years 4 months ago #187183 by cdorin
Let's discuss about LimeSurvey 4 B) .

Blog post: www.limesurvey.org/about-us/blog/2178-li...t-is-left-to-be-done

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2 years 4 months ago #187296 by holch
Sounds great. Will need to run a new test installation and do some testing, if I find the time.

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2 years 4 months ago #187297 by cdorin
There will be soon an RC3. Looking forward to hearing your inputs :)

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2 years 2 months ago #189018 by Indispirit
Looks great and looking forward to the first stable version.

Question: Are there any particular steps users of v3 should take to make it easy to switch over existing surveys to V4?

Will a seamless switch over with V4 importing existing databases be likely?
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2 years 2 months ago #189023 by holch
So far switching from one major version to the next was always relatively easy and if you have comfort update it is even easier. However, also test the new version in a test installation before you upgrade your production server, checking if everything that you really need works fine, anything custom made (themes, workarounds, etc.) are still working, etc.

Then backup your database and everything, and only then proceed to upgrade your production environment.

But this should be basic standard anyway, for any production environment.

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2 years 2 months ago #189051 by Indispirit
Good to hear, thanks Holch.
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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #189057 by holch

Good to hear, thanks Holch.

No guarantee for LS 4 though. ;-)

Haven't tested the upgrade yet.

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2 years 2 months ago #189645 by tassoman
How long LS3 updates will be rolled out, until deprecation?
Maybe when LS4 will turn in LS 4.1.x ?

I’ve read the blog post and I ended up we absolutely need another accessibility and security audit before being updated in the mayor release.

If we’re going to find something unfair to security or a11y I’ll post in the bugtracker.
Thanks team for your effort!

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2 years 2 months ago #189649 by cdorin
Hello @tassoman, thank you for your kind words.

LS3 will be supported till the end of 2020.

Please test LS4 in your free time and report any issue. We love testers and reports ^^ .

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1 year 11 months ago #192014 by ch123
Hey!
Do you already know when there will be the first release of LimeSurvey 4.0?
Just installed it for a first test :)
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1 year 11 months ago #192023 by cdorin
Hey @ch123, it will be released in January. Please test the latest RC and report any issues you find :).

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1 year 10 months ago #192917 by GuernseyResearch
Is the version released yesterday
LimeSurvey version 4.0.1
LimeSurvey build 200120
considered a stable release?
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1 year 10 months ago #192922 by holch

Is the version released yesterday
LimeSurvey version 4.0.1
LimeSurvey build 200120
considered a stable release?

I guess this very much depends on your definition of "stable".
www.limesurvey.org/about-limesurvey/download
Base on this page I guess the core developer team considers it a stable release.
Personally, I would probably wait a couple of weeks/month before using LS 4 in a productive environment. However, I was "out" for a couple of weeks and have not tested LS 4 yet, so this is purely based on past experiences.
If LS 4 is stable enough for your purposes only you can determine. So I recommend to download it and test it thoroughly and see what how it feels.

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1 year 10 months ago #192925 by GuernseyResearch
I have been testing for serveral months and have reported certain problems that have been fixed. Each release has been better, but still marked as a beta. The release yesterday is the first one marked as "stable".
As with all new software there is both a learning curve and a need to test to be sure it fits your needs.
My question is for the developers who now must feel this is solid enough for production. Version 3 is frequently updated for minor issues and I would expect the same for 4.
But version 4 offers a few significant features we need. So now is the time to move "some" of our production there and continue to watch it closely.

To all those who have worked on the product (and those who have tested and reported) a big THANK YOU.
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1 year 10 months ago #192980 by cdorin
Hello @GuernseyResearch!

Thank you for your message and wishes! The community deserves all our appreciation :)

The simple answer is: we, LimeSurvey GmbH, consider LimeSurvey 4 to be stable.

However, as @holch underlined above, we may have not yet uncovered all the bugs/pushed all the required fixes. But, we will try to fix the reported issues asap and release at least once a week. The new features need also to be ironed out - we are looking forward to seeing your recommendation & advice (encryption, file manager, user permissions, etc.)!

I am not sure how you are using LimeSurvey 3 for production at the moment. Perhaps you can run a parallel LimeSurvey 4 instance and check if it works as expected (plugins, themes, question themes, etc.). If not, create full reports and try to add themes/.lss files whenever possible to make the developers' life easier.

If something is unclear or you want quicker replies, look for help in the IRC channel - I am most of the time online there. ;)

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