Version 0.19.X Deployment

Hello world!

I’m sure many of you fine folks have been wondering why we have not upgraded to version 0.19.X yet.

The whole team here has been getting asked this question quite a bit, from both members of the community and other instance admins. We want everyone to know, YES, we will upgrade to version 0.19.

We do not have a hard date set for when we will be upgrading as of yet, as we have about 7 associated task items that go along with this upgrade for things we need to double-check and confirm there will be no breakage.

Another big reason why we have not upgraded is due to reports from other instance admins that the front-end GUI can have performance issues. While a large portion of folks access our site using apps on their phones, we would rather not degrade the user experience for the rest of everyone else.

Worst case in terms of UI slowness, we would ask everyone to use either Alexandrite () or Photon () to mitigate the potential performance issues.

One final point to mention to address the delay is that we usually wait 1-2 weeks after a new release before applying it to production. This was complicated by the fact that there were multiple releases right after each other, with each new release having issues we hoped would be patched in the NEXT version. A new version would come up, and we would have to evaluate the stability and performance of it, which would take about 2 weeks, and then ANOTHER version would come out, which we would need to test. This was further complicated by the fact this was during the holiday season.

Version Release Date
0.19.0 2023-12-15
0.19.1 2023-12-20
0.19.2 2024-01-10
0.19.3 2024-01-24

For us, stability is paramount, as we care very much about keeping everyone happy here.

While we can appreciate the rapid release of patches on 0.19, I hope everyone can now understand the delay. If all goes well, we will set a release day in the next week or two, most likely on a Saturday around 1800 UTC.


  • @sunaurusA
    393 months ago

    Good luck with the update! One great thing about 0.19 is that it allows users to check federation status between instances, will be awesome to get that for as well.

      193 months ago

      And one thing bad is that logged in users are logged out and can’t log back in, getting errors when loggin in or worse, the site showing them a server error and they think the site is down! All fixed by clearing cookies. Or in apps, logging out then back in.

      It looks like 0.19.3 may have a fix for this, which is great. IMO it’s good that the largest lemmy instance hasn’t updated to 0.19 yet, because a bunch of users may have disappeared thinking the site was dead. And you’d never know, because 0.19 counts active users in a different way.

      Hopefully this is the one, though!

      33 months ago

      allows users to check federation status between instances

      Wait … what’s this?! Never heard of this as a user feature? Any guidance?