As the year comes to an end, we prepared a summary of the major events from the perspective of Redmine community and an overview of the things to look for in the upcoming year. .

For Redmine Community

The most significant for all Redmine community was the release of new Redmine version—3.4.0 in July.

It contains over 200 useful improvements, bug fixes and new features. On our blog, you can find a review of the changes in latest Redmine.

Just after the release, it's been followed up with 3.4.1 and 3.4.2 in July, and 3.4.3 in October. Soon we will see version 3.4.4 (currently done in 60%). Together they bring set of patches and fixed defects in the platform. We advise updating your system to the latest version, as they also covers important security fixes.

For RedmineUP

For us, it was a good year as well. After our rebranding at the end of 2016, we’ve started our expansion to new markets (If you’d like to work with us as a partner or reseller, please get it touch at sales @ redmineup .com).

We’ve been to Web Summit, in Lisbon, where we have an opportunity to present our product to new auditory, get live feedback and charge our heads with stocks of knowledge.

We started actively offering hosted Redmine with all our plugins, for a convenient monthly fee in a SaaS model. Check out RedmineUP Cloud here.

Redmine 4 is coming in 2018

One thing is certain. In the new year, we will see another major release. Currently, its set of 53 tickets finished in 68%. From new functionalities, it will bring improvements for Gantt chart, time log entries and will run graphs using Chart.js library instead of generating an image file. We're glad to point out that our Agile plugin's charts already use this javascript.

The most significant change that comes with the fourth version of open source platform is a migration to Rails 5.1. Together with the support of Ruby 2.5, it will bring important improvement regarding speed, reliability, and security, but it will also bring few challenges.

The biggest problem is that most of the plugins will stop working with new Rails and a new Ruby. The process of migrating plugins to a new version will be slow and challenging for developers, to make them compatible both for Redmine 3 and 4.

Next year Redmine should be more user friendly, and we, as community, have to try to make it more modern in terms of UI and UX. RedmineUP, as adopters will try to help the community reach this goal by developing and releasing make new Redmine themes.

Jira after a recent update of an interface in 2017 is rising in popularity, but Redmine is still much more advanced with some features and more comfortable to work with in many areas.

The community has to help Redmine stays the top tool for the issue and bug tracking and project management.

Thank you for being with us in 2017 and for being a part of amazing and thriving open source community. We wish you a Happy and Successful New Year. See you in 2018!