Janitor News #3

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Hello,

This is your monthly burst of good news about the Janitor.

Moar invites!

Thanks to a recent upgrade sponsored by Cloud9, the Janitor can now accept more users to its Alpha. Hooray!

  • If you’re not invited yet, you should receive a “Janitor Invite” email soon, with instructions on how to access your account.
  • If you’re invited, but see this error: “SSH workspaces are a premium feature”, please send me your Cloud9 username so I can upgrade you for free, thanks to Cloud9’s new sponsoring (yes, they’re that awesome).

Optimizing the IDE (coming soon)

I’m currently working on adding new project-specific buttons to your Cloud9 IDE interface, allowing you to quickly:

  • Update to the latest source code
  • Build any changes you’ve made to it
  • Run the project and try your changes live
  • Send your changes to an automated test server
  • Upload a patch to be reviewed by a project owner

… all in a just single click! If you’d like to help, please reach out.

Signing in with GitHub (coming soon)

Enabling GitHub sign-in for the Janitor will have the following advantages:

  • It’s a cool and fast way to sign in
  • The Janitor can automatically grant access to all your public SSH keys
  • It can also register a Janitor key, so you can push to GitHub more easily

Upgraded Docker images (coming soon)

The project-specific dockerfiles used by the Janitor will soon be based on a new common base image, which will bring the following improvements to your contribution environments:

  • Upgrade Ubuntu from 14.04 to 16.06
  • Latest and fastest versions of Git and Node.js
  • VNC sessions will already have an xterm open for you
  • You will be able to use sudo

That’s all I could fit into an email. To learn more about what’s going on with the Janitor, have a look at our GitHub issues, or come say hi in our IRC channel!

Best,
Jan