May was a busy month, not least because of non-Ilios news: an uptick in ransomware and security-related challenges for our schools and institutions; a shift in the cadence of the pandemic both in the US (for the better) and globally (not so much) as well as vaccination and returns to school and workplace; and a slow but steady attempt to return to something resembling normalcy in our lives and our learning. All this does, and will continue to affect us all, and our focus on providing the tools to support learning and curricular excellence. At the same time, we continue to work to stay ahead of the curve of current events, and prepare for whatever may be needed in coming months to support our work, and to make the Ilios platform one which responds to your needs.
For Ilios, this past month has meant:
- three version updates (currently v3.87.5);
- the near completion of our work refactoring the underlying code components to be compatible with and make use of the current generation of our underlying libraries and frameworks;
- A number of bugfixes for LDAP synchronization, learner group display, and session description display properties;
- the mapping out of our next phase of reporting improvements (more on that below), and;
- a number of nice feature enhancements -- notably the ability to set not only the due date for independent learning, but also the due time, and to have that reflected on the Ilios calendars.
Overall project health is good. Our budget forecast is acceptable, development is continuing to align with current roadmap projections, and we continue to respond to community feedback and interest. This month, June, will be the last month we maintain our O/C status in the pandemic mode; we will return (assuming no issues) to a baseline of green rather than yellow beginning July 1.
Next Scheduled Release: 11 June 2021
Current Version: v3.87.5
OTHER UPDATES: System Administrators, please take note
. Beginning with Ilios v3.88.0
(expected mid-June / early July), Ilios will discontinue support of PHP versions 7.4 and below
. Beginning with that release, PHP 8 will be the baseline supported PHP version, in line with our code support policy and the PHP lifecycle timeline. Please review your current php status, and update your systems accordingly prior to updating to v3.88.0
and later versions.
Please be sure to updates your systems to get the latest, greatest code!
The latest code for download and update, as well as the complete changelog, is available here:
The changelog for updates specific to the frontend can be viewed here.
Tired of managing updates? Information on Ilios Hosting is available here