Last modified: 2011-03-13 18:06:36 UTC
This product appears to be missing any "Critical Updates" functionality.
The day is coming when someone releases a Wiki exploit, and most of us Wiki users are busy people:
we'd rather have some cron job automatically fix the problem, than discover our server's been hosed
because we didn't apply some patch on time...
First off all, because an update could require a schema change, it would be
stupid to allow MediaWiki to just go off and update things without telling you
what's going on. Some update could easily go wrong and f*** up your wiki in
royal fashion. It happens with people doing it manually from the command-line;
it could *easily* happen during a cron job.
Second, if you're running a web application other people can access, you are
responsible for making sure you keep it up to date. There's a lower-traffic
release announcement mailing list specifically for this purpose. This is free
software, provided as is, and with no warranty. If we release a new version and
someone "hoses your server" because you didn't actually maintain it properly,
that's hard cheese.
Everyone who uses MediaWiki as part of their web site should be subscribed to