We are proud to announce the availability of version 1.0 of the The Gallery Virtual Appliance. It contains Gallery version 1.5.4 and 2.1.2 (the current latest).
The Gallery VMware Appliance is a GNU/Linux distribution based on rPath Linux. Basically, it is a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) appliance with both Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 pre-installed and pre-configured, along with all of the required utilities and most of the optional ones. They are both pre-loaded with some random pictures from various Gallery team members so that you can test things out without even having to find your own images.
This enables users to test and play around with a complete Gallery environment without having to install all the prerequisites on their local computer or hosting space. To run the Appliance, you'll need one of VMware 5.5+ Workstation, VMware Player 1.0+, or VMware Server 1.0.
Gallery 2.1.2 is now available for download. This release adds no new features. It fixes a minor information leakage in Gallery 2.1 and 2.1.1a and a major session ID disclosure in all versions prior to Gallery 2.1. Note that these flaws only affect installations where Gallery's storage folder is accessible directly from the web, which we strongly discourage during the installation process.
Gallery 1.5.4 is now available for download. This release is a pure bug fix release. No security bugs and no new features. Besides minor bugfixes the most annoying bug, the broken permission dialog, was fixed. We recommend all Gallery 1 users upgrade to 1.5.4 to avoid problems. You can download Gallery 1.5.4 from the Gallery Download Page.
We have launched a new showcase album of [url=/gallery/demosites/]Gallery 2 Demo Sites[/url]. There are many great Gallery 2 sites out there with a huge variety of themes, modules, customizations and embedded environments that we want you to see! This new feature of our website is powered by Gallery 2 using the Link Items, Rating, New Items modules, and a custom module with the submission form for new entries. The album shows newly submitted items first and is then sorted by rating. Please vote for your favorites to bring them to the top! This replaces our simple [url=/forum/g2_demo_sites]forum topic[/url] to list sample sites of our users.
The Gallery website has upgraded to the latest and greatest, Drupal 4.7.2. Among the new features, you'll notice an improved form for forum posts with a resizable text area and some options collapsed by default, an easier interface for attachments, and some new [url=/filter/tips]bbcode[/url] tags. Under the hood we get a newly redesigned search engine and code changes that make some site customizations easier to implement. It was a significant effort to migrate our custom code to this release, but the improved design should make future upgrades a bit easier. We've also been able to give some of our work back to the Drupal project, particularly in the comment_upload, privatemsg and bbcode_wysiwyg modules.
Please report any new site issues [url=/forum/drupal_4.7_issues]here[/url].
In November 2005 Christopher Negus published Linux Toys II (ISBN: 0-7645-79995-9), the followup to the original Linux Toys book published in 2003.
The Gallery team is honored to be amongst other open source projects like MythTV, Damn Small Linux, Icecast and LTSP to mention some of the other projects featured in the book.