21 Apr 2.7.1 released, and an overview
WordPressMU 2.7.1 has just been released, and with it a few interesting new features.
First off, in the Site Admin -> Options menu, you can now choose to have new subscribers with no blog, get attached to a specific blog. They have been attached to the main blog, but some people have found that unwieldy. Originally, they weren't attached *anywhere* so they couldn't do things like reset their own password because they had no backend to log in to. Go ahead and blame me for that tract ticket. 😉
Anyway, now you can make your own dashboard blog. Just fill in the name you want, and if it doesn't already exist, it will be created. If you have subscribers on the main blog, they'll be moved.
Under Plugins, the plugin install has been tweaked a little and works pretty smoothly. Viewable only by Site Admins, you can install plugins form the official repository or from a zip. You'll need to enter your ftp credentials. This places plugins in the /plugins/ folder. If some files need to be moved elsewhere, you'll still have to go in via ftp, ssh or your web control panel.
Also new here is an "activate sitewide" link. Any sitewide plugins will show up on a separate "active" list in a light blue. Regular plugins, as you may have seen, show up on an active list in green. Nice touch.
There's a new menu item under Users called My Blog. This is a management page for all the blogs a users owns. And in this latest round, Viperbond's Admin Bar has been removed, since I think it was really only there to give users a way to access other blogs they own. If you just upgrade & overwrite, it may still stick around. (I'm seeing one report of this on twitter as I write this.... oo like a breaking news tweet...)
I noticed when running an earlier beta that the footer link updated to tell me there was a more recent version in trac. This is not the same as the Upgrade menu item in the sidebar. WPMU (and WP) has a "phone home" kind of deal where it reports back to check for new versions. I updated my beta install to another beta, but it hasn't noticed the new release yet. I expect it will whenever the cron is run, so within 24 hours.
Auto update gives you the choice of updating to the latest release, or the latest from the trunk in trac. For reference, it's the branches tag where all the real fun stuff has been going on, not trunk.
This release has taken a long time, mostly to fully straighten out issues with the plugin installer and to squash remaining bugs. Some people have worked really hard on this, so kudos to Donncha, Andy and anyone who helped out with trac tickets.