By Wes Dunn
Mar 22, 2017
It’s an exciting day for us here at Jungle Disk! Today, we are releasing another round of updates to our core software, available for all editions of Jungle Disk on all platforms. This particular release is special for a couple of reasons:
Below, I will delve into the details of the 3.20.1 release and discuss how Jungle Disk will approach future software updates and releases. My goal is to give you an idea of what to expect from our regular software updates and what’s on the roadmap for our core software. Let’s go!
Our core focus with Jungle Disk version 3.20.1 was to bring the Windows software up-to-date with our Linux and Mac software, continue to stabilize the application for use on the newest versions of major operating systems, improve overall performance of the application, and make security improvements. This release is what we would classify as a “patch” release, meaning that major features and functionality remain the same as in previous versions. This patch release resolved a few small bugs in the Windows installation process, fixed some user interface sizing issues on Linux and Mac, and resolved an issue in the Jungle Disk Server packages for RPM-based Linux systems. You can read more about the initial release of 3.20 here.
As you’re reading this, you may very well have seen something very similar to the above screenshot. This is the “auto-update” feature mentioned near the beginning of this post. Starting today, we’ve enabled this auto-update feature for all 64-bit Windows installations of Jungle Disk Workgroup, Server, Desktop and Simply Backup, and we’ll be doing the same for our Mac customers in the near future. As for our Linux users, unfortunately. there isn’t an auto-update mechanism. We’ll be sure to make sure we keep you up-to-date when new releases are available.
As our frequency of updates increases, you will see this prompt more often, so we wanted to ensure that we addressed this feature and how it fits into our release process. If you have any questions about the updated process, please reach out to our support team.
On Mac or Linux and want to update? For Jungle Disk Server and Workgroup, click here. For Jungle Disk Desktop and Simply Backup, click here (you’ll need to log in).
The Jungle Disk research and development (R&D) team is always striving to improve our software. The focus of a software update can cover items such as security, usability, new features, reliability, and/or bug fixes. We want to ensure that our customers are using the most up-to-date, secure, performant version of our software available; our auto-update process is a huge asset for this purpose. Additionally, we want to ensure that customer administrators are informed of upcoming releases, have the opportunity to try out new updates, and plan for their users to update. I’ll lay out the general logistics and processes that we’ll be following for future releases of the Jungle Disk software.
What’s in a version number and why does it matter?
The Jungle Disk R&D team is committing to following the general rules behind Semantic Versioning (SemVer). This approach to numbering/versioning releases breaks down very simply, take today’s release for example:
I realize this information might be a bit in the weeds but I hope it gives insight into how we’ll approach releases in the future, how the version number factors into being able to quickly gauge the scope of changes in a release/update, and how we are planning to communicate with customers regarding new releases.
Have some feedback on our release process? Suggestions on how we notify users and customers? Leave a comment below!