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PHP 7 now supported by Feng Office!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018. By: Conrado Vina

PHP 7 support is here!!!

We have just released the first Feng Office (alpha) version supporting PHP7 (version 3.7.0).

Important:This is still an alpha release. If you are running a production environment please do not upgrade your production environment until thoroughly tested.

PHP7 has been under development many years now. It is not only the most robust and powerful PHP version ever, but it provides increased performance, new capabilities, and prevents issues inherent to older versions.

Also, PHP5.6 (the previous most prevalent version) is nearing the end of its supported life. The latest versions of all Operating Systems are forcing the upgrade from PHP5.6 to PHP7.2. So not upgrading had become unsustainable.

 

What has changed in version 3.7

The development work for supporting PHP7 required lots of changes, proving more challenging than we initially hoped it would.

Amongst many changes, there are many functions that have changed either their names, their parameters, or both.

Another one of the biggest changes is the fact that the MySQL (MariaDB) drivers need to be replaced.

Also on the Database side, there were changes introduced on the supported and required values for initializing data.

All of this things are definitively improvements and the process has helped us make a better Feng Office. But Feng Office is a large system with lots of parts. So make sure to do a diligent and thorough testing before you upgrade from a previous version to version 3.7.

 

Compatible infrastructure

What infrastructure is Feng Office 3.7 compatible with?

This version is being tested with the following infrastructure stack:

  • Web server:
    • Apache2.4
  • PHP:
    • PHP 7.0 and up
    • PHP 5.6 and up (soon to be discontinued)
  • Database:
    • MariaDB 10.1 and up
    • MySQL 8.0 and up
    • MySQL 5.5 and up

Important:The Feng Office team is NOT testing Feng Office 3.7 with other, different infrastructure stack. You are most welcome to do so, and to provide us with any fixes that would help support other stack. If they do not cause problems with our standard, recommended infrastructure we will make our best effort to include it in an upcoming release.

 

How to help

The most important thing you need to do before rolling out Feng Office 3.7 is test it. At the time of this announcement Feng Office 3.7 is still an alpha release (which means it still requires more testing before it can be).

If you are a subscribed client, please ask us for a complimentary testing copy so that you can test a copy of your production environment.

If you are using the Community Edition you can download it here, and run your own tests. One known issue is that a fresh installation may require you to create the Database prior to running the installation script. We are investigating this issue but if you develop a solution, please do share it with us.

We hope you are as excited as we are with this news!

Feng Office GDPR compliance

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. By: Conrado Vina

Several clients have been asking us about GDPR – whether or not we comply – and what changes have we made to our processes and our policies.

Short answer is: yes, we do comply with REGULATION 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (aka: GDPR).

 

What has Feng Office changed to comply with GDPR?

Practically nothing. Feng Office has always regarded the protection of personal (or, more broadly, private) information as a core principal on everything we do. Both our Website and the installations of Feng Office that we host through Feng Sky collect the minimum possible personally identifiable information. When data processing is necessary, all processing is done with the upmost care and respect of privacy and integrity of data.

Feng Office is in the business of developing and providing a data processing platform, helping its clients be more efficient and more secure. We are not in the business of processing anyone’s personal data. It has always been stated on our Terms of Service that we do not process nor resell our users data in any way. The information that you trust with us stays with us.

The little personally identifiable data we collect (Name, email, and phone numbers) are collected with the sole purposes of either providing a response to a contact request, an inquiry, a trial request, notifying of system and feature changes, providing our services, or were provided as a reference of a potential interest in doing business.

If required for supporting the work of our clients, permission to access any other type of data is explicitly requested.

We explicitly added to our Terms of Services and Security and Privacy Policies the required statements and policies for GDPR compliance.

Feng Office for IQTell users

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017. By: Conrado Vina

Last Thursday we started to see a big spike in our trials – and in the requests to test the e-mail module.

We quickly learned that a fellow software company (IQTell) was planning to shut down at the end of July.

I don’t know the IQTell team personally but I am a big fan of GTD (more on this, and how it influenced a lot of what Feng Office is, on a subsequent post), which a large portion of their community embraces. And when a fellow software company closes down it is never received as good news as we understand too well the challenges of building a successful software company – even if you have a passionate and loyal customer base. And from my conversations with IQTell users they certainly have a passionate community, IQTell delivered excellent support, and its team built an amazing product. We wish everyone in the IQTell team the best of success in whatever endeavors they chose to pursue next.

Many of these users share the same vision we have for the product the team and me have been building for almost 10 years. So for those IQTell users who would like to join us we are offering a 50% discount if they come over before IQTell officially shuts down services at the end of July.

For those IQTell users evaluating Feng Office (you can kick off your own free, 30 day trial here) we are collecting their needs and prioritizing their requests. Our goal is to get us to feature parity as quickly as possible. We will be sharing our plans and additional information with IQTell users on subsequent posts here and through other channels.

–Conrado