Happy new year! The PennMUSH dev team is happy to announce the release of PennMUSH 1.8.0, the latest "stable" series release. As you know, even-numbered versions are maintained for bugfixes only, and odd-numbered versions get both bugfixes and new features.
1.8.0 represents the culmination of the feature development in 1.7.7, and includes a large number of new features over PennMUSH 1.7.6, such as SQL support, SSL support, attribute trees, object ids, anonymous attributes, ancestor objects, interactions, rewritten flag, power, and lock systems, new database format, new memory allocator, and many new commands, functions, flags, and the like.
If you are a 1.7.6 user, your best upgrade path is to get the 1.8.0 tarball and apply any local changes (many of which you may no longer need to, or may be able to do more easily) to a 1.8.0 base. However, a diff from 1.7.6 to 1.8.0 is available on the web site.
If you are a 1.7.7 user, your best upgrade path is either to proceed as for 1.7.6 or to apply the patch from 1.7.7p40 to 1.8.0p0 which is on the web site. For 1.7.7 users, this is only an incremental upgrade. A later patch, from 1.8.0 to 1.8.1, will be available when the new 1.8.1 development series starts up. In the meanwhile, you might as well get the bugfixes in 1.8.0.
We hope you enjoy it.