[Pharo-users] [ANN] Pharo Launcher 1.6 released

Ben Coman btc at openinworld.com
Fri Feb 8 09:23:03 EST 2019


On Fri, 1 Feb 2019 at 21:28, Christophe Demarey <christophe.demarey at inria.fr>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Pharo Launcher 1.6 has just been released! It is available from
> http://pharo.org/download.
>
> This new version introduces two major changes:
>
>    - the list of template sources is now externalized as a Ston file.
>    Pharo Launcher will check regularly (at startup and each day) if there are
>    changes between your local source of templates and the one hosted in Pharo
>    file server. If so, Pharo Launcher will propose you to update your template
>    sources. It is a way to automatically get new official sources or to keep
>    stable, dev versions up to date.
>    - a small UI is now available to manage VMs of PharoLauncher (update,
>    remove, list).
>
> Also, this is the first release done with all sources coming from GitHub (
> https://github.com/pharo-project/pharo-launcher).
>
> Big thanks to all contributors, including issue reports.
>
> Here is the changelog:
> Pharo Launcher v1.6
> <https://github.com/pharo-project/pharo-launcher/releases/tag/1.6>
>
> New features:
>
>    - #172 <https://github.com/pharo-project/pharo-launcher/issues/172>
>    Provide a way to update / remove VMs
>
> Thanks for this.  Its nice to be able to easily reference this info.
Is "last update" the date the VM was changed on the local system, or the
build date reported by the VM?

Seeing this new interface sparks a ideas (you probably already considered
some of them):
- show the commit hash of each VM
- have a history log tab - so if an Image stops working between last week
and now, I can review to
be confident it wasn't a VM update behind the scenes and if there was I can
identify the old VM and
be able to test against it to isolate a problem.
- be able to edit the Download URL
- be able to add additional custom VMs, e.g for latest VM snapshots


>
>    - #131 <https://github.com/pharo-project/pharo-launcher/issues/131>
>    Display date for "Last Modified" on the form of "X day/month/year ago
>
> Love this!! especially sorting by it.
Also the Template column is cool.  I used to include the number in the name
of the image but this is so much more informative.
The Arch column is cool.  The VM Name would be useful in addition, or as a
replacement for Arch. might e.g. 70-x86.
And dreaming of this being a pulldown menu to select from custom VMs
defined in the VM-management window.

cheers -ben
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