MediaWiki 1.16.0

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We are proud to announce the first stable release of the 1.16 series. Selected changes that may be of interest since MediaWiki 1.15 are:

  • Watchlists now have RSS/Atom feeds. RSS feeds generally are now hidden, since Atom is a better protocol and is supported by virtually all clients.
  • It’s now possible to block users from sending email via Special:Emailuser.
  • The maintenance script system was overhauled. Most maintenance scripts now have a useful help page when you run them with –help.
  • AdminSettings.php is no longer required in order to run maintenance scripts. You can just set $wgDBadminuser and $wgDBadminpassword in your LocalSettings.php instead.
  • The preferences system was overhauled. Preferences are stored in a more compact format. Changes to site default preferences will automatically affect all users who have not chosen a different preference.
  • Support for SQLite was improved. Some broken features were fixed, and it now has an efficient full-text search.
  • The user groups ACL system was improved by allowing rights to be revoked, instead of just granted.
  • A new localisation caching system was introduced, which will make MediaWiki faster for almost everyone, especially when lots of extensions are enabled.

By default, this new system makes a lot of database queries. If your database is particularly slow, or if your system administrator limits your query count, or if you want to squeeze as much performance as possible out of Mediawiki, set $wgCacheDirectory to a writable path on the local filesystem. Make sure you have the DBA extension for PHP installed, this will improve performance further.
MediaWiki 1.15.5 was also released today. Both MediaWiki 1.15.5 and 1.16.0 contain important security fixes. For further details please read the release announcement.

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Would you run 1.16.0 on a productive intranet wiki?
Or would you better wait for an 1.16.1 release?
I like to use new vector skin cause I like the usability enhancements?

What is that “DBA extension” you are talking about? Couldn’t find it anywhere…

Greg :

What is that “DBA extension” you are talking about? Couldn’t find it anywhere…

Glad to hear 1.16 has been finally released, long time waiting for it. Thanks devs!

Great release – love it – have a question :
a) How can I have the same editor window as on mediawiki and wikipedia – when I click on edit ?
b) any plans of integrating ckeditor with mediawiki ?
Thanks and Regards

thanks for the release, but why refer the functions AddMessage, AddMessages and addMessagesByLang in include/MessageCache.php a non-existent function addLegacyMessages? This will break many extensions.

Andreas Tomiak :
I`m sorry, I’ve looked not deep enough. Why the function addLegacyMessages in includes/LocalisationCache does not work? This will break many extensions.