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New Review Board 2.0.25 and 2.5.7 releases

We have a couple of new Review Board releases for you today, including the biggest 2.5.x release yet.

Review Board 2.5.7 brings new administrative features, improvements to e-mail sending (including DMARC compatibility) and content, extension unit testing, usability enhancements, and over 40 bug fixes.

Review Board 2.0.25 brings many of those same bug fixes, along with the new extension unit testing support, for users who have not yet upgraded to 2.5.

Let's take a look at some of the major new changes in these releases.

More reliable e-mail

  • E-mail has been evolving in recent years, with new starts forming to help combat spam and fraudulent e-mails. Some of these standards, like the Sender Policy Framework and DMARC, can prevent Review Board from reliably sending e-mail on behalf of users.

    In Review Board 2.5.7, we've added compatibility with these standards, ensuring that all Review Board e-mails will safely reach their destination.

  • We've also added a handy new link in the Review Request Updated e-mails in Review Board 2.5.7 for showing the changes made since the previous diff. That's one less click to view an interdiff.

Easier administration

Review Board 2.5.7 adds a few new features to help administer users and settings on your install:

  • It's now easier to manage users belonging to review groups, default reviewer rules, repository access lists, and other places in the administration UI. We've introduced a new widget for managing lists of users, which scales well and simplifies locating and adding new users.

  • You can now safely grant users fine-grained access to the administration UI without giving them access to global Review Board settings. Simply set them as a "staff" user instead of "superuser."

Both 2.5.7 and 2.0.25 have made it easier to work with repository credentials and authentication servers:

  • Hosting service credentials for repositories can now be edited simply by clicking "Edit Credentials" by the desired account on the repository page. This should make things a lot easier in the event of a password or token change on a service.

  • Authentication forms for LDAP, Active Directory, and more have been organized, making it a lot easier to get going for the first time.

Extension unit testing

When writing extensions for your server, you want to make sure you can catch any breakages or changes in functionality when preparing to upgrade to the next version of Review Board. We've made it easy to write and run unit tests for your extension, using the new rbext command. Now you can make sure your extension works as expected before doing your next big server upgrade.

Lots of bug fixes

We've fixed quite a lot of bugs in these releases. We have fixes for CVS, Bitbucket, GitLab, webhooks, the API, e-mail contents, file attachment display and review, Power Pack compatibility, post-commit review, custom Markdown text fields, dashboard columns, and much more.

You can see the 2.0.25 and 2.5.7 release notes for the whole list of changes, along with upgrade instructions.