Recently, Moodle HQ released updates for the versions that are still receiving support. As usual, the updates include bug fixes, performance improvements and security vulnerability patches.
Here is a brief recap of the releases:
Moodle 2.7 LTS (Long-Term Support): 2.7.16
Moodle 2.7 was released in May 2014. A Long-Term Support version, it will continue to receive fixes for security issues until May, 2017. General core bugs stopped being fixed since May, 2015.
A notable fix is the invalidation of an authentication token after a password change.
LTS versions are usually for large installations that have a longer upgrade cycle. It is also the reason why 2.7 still receives updates but Moodle 2.8’s support stopped last May.
But if your organization is running Moodle 2.7 you should still consider upgrading to the latest Moodle. 3.1 also has LTS. You could also wait till November.
Moodle 2.9: 2.9.8
The first-year anniversary of Moodle 2.9 came last May, so general core bugs for Moodle 2.9 are also no longer getting attention. Security fixes will continue to complete the customary 18 months in November 2016.
The only fix seems to be the same as in Moodle 2.7, involving auth token reset after password change.
Moodle 3.0: 3.0.6
Launched in November 2015, it attained new features, including:
- Saves students attempts in Lessons in case of login timeout.
- A warning for teachers show up for changes in Grading, if they mess with the formulas getting unexpected grades.
- Avoids Calendar duplicates after renaming.
- Allows teachers to access hidden files in Filepicker where it was not possible before.
- Allows students to add HTML media tags in text editors.
- Under the hood improvements, involving PHP7 and Unicode compatibility.
General core bugs fixes will end in November 2016. Support for security issues will end in May, 2017.
Moodle 3.1 LTS: 3.1.2
Released in May 2016,
General core bugs fixes will end in May 2017. Support for security issues will last 36 months instead of 18, ending in May, 2019.
It received the upgrades listed for Moodle 3.0, and in addition:
- Upgrade to Navigation Tree
- Feedback export improved to support MariaDB and MySQL, and sets larger than 60 questions.
- Fixes to PDF annotation. PDF conversion was also cured of an issue where it failed it there were spaces in the file name.
Announced to arrive in November 14th. No further details were made public. A development release (not for production environments) is available for download at download.moodle.org/releases/development.
Get the update to your Moodle version at https://download.moodle.org/ or via GitHub.
Are you considering an upgrade? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!