This release brings several usability enhancements, what makes a more pleasent
out-of-the-box experience for users.
Visible link for RSS feeds (#1475). Noosfero now will display a RSS feed icon besides the blog description. This link will help users whose browser does not display feed icons in the address bar, for example those using embedded platforms (smartphones) or full-screen internet kiosks.
Better notification box (#1474). We have changed the default style of the notification box so that it is more visible, while still staying out of the way.
Fixed-width layout (#1449). The default theme now has a fixed width. This way it is easier to antecipate how Noosfero will look like, no matter what resolution the user has. We encourage everyone working on themes to do the same.
Enterprise unblocking (#1402). After an enterprise gets blocked during a failed activation attempt, the environment administrator can now unblock the enterprise directly through the user interface.
Registration in multi-environment setups (#1448). With this change, it's now possible to have users with the same user name in different environments.
Dropping Ruby-Gettext in favor of fast_gettext in the translation infrastructure (#1315). We have been struggling with problems in the translation that were hard, even impossible, to reproduce locally. In high-traffic sites, it seems that some mongrel instances got stuck in a single language and users were surprised by messages in languages different than the ones of their choice. We hypothesized that this problem was caused by the lack of thread-safety in both Rails 2.1 and Ruby-GetText (at least the version in Debian stable). We then replaced Ruby-GetText with fast_gettext. Besides being thread-safe, fast_gettext is a lot faster and consumes less memory than Ruby-GetText. Ruby-Gettext is still used in the translation management, though. Since we were never able to reproduce the translation problems locally, we cannot be sure that this will fix the problem. But our careful study indicated analytically that the problem will indeed be solved.