Back to the schedule, we are glad to announce the availability of the initial release candidate of the Friendica 2021.06 release. During the past month. the focus of the work was on enhancing the Mastodon compatible API and adding support for RTL languages to the web interface as well as new addons to use SAML services like Keycloak for login.
If you want to help to hunt down rough edges and bugs ahead of the release in June, now is the perfect moment to switch from the stable or development branch to the freshly created 2021.06-rc branch. To do so please run
git fetch git checkout 2021.06-rc git pull bin/composer.phar install --no-dev
in the root directory of your Friendica and the addon directory. The command to update the dependencies (composer) is only necessary in the Friendica root directory.
Thanks for testing the new release! If you find any problems, please report them either at the issue tracker on github or in the support forum.
Please be aware the since the last stable release the database structure was changed, after the switch to the RC branch your server will need some time to perform these changes.
Please note, that one of the dependencies of Friendica is currently incompatible with PHP 7.0. If you are still running that version of PHP, please have a look at this forum thread for a workaround.
Should the DB update process get stuck
If you encounter this, please initiate the DB update manually from the command line by running the script
./bin/console dbstructure update
from the base of your Friendica installation. If the output contains any error message, please let us know using the channels mentioned above.