We are pleased to announce the publication of the fifteenth Open edX community release: Olive! Olive was released on Monday, December 12th and replaces Maple, released about 6 months prior, as the newest release. Here are some high-level highlights about the Olive release; watch this blog in the coming weeks as we dive deeper into specific new features.

Olive was orchestrated by the Open edX community via the Build / Test / Release working group. Olive includes many new features and bug fixes you’re sure to be excited about: 

  • The Discussions Micro-frontend (MFE) now provides the default discussion experience, with a freshly designed UI, better searching capabilities, enhanced forum moderation tools, and automatic addition of Discussions on Units in Studio (no more explicitly adding discussion blocks!)
  • Major improvements to the text editor used to create “HTML Components” (now “Text Components”) in Studio
  • For library content, a “Reset Problems” option is available to learners using the Randomized Content Block, enabling the library to be used as a problem bank
  • A new MFE, the Authentication MFE, provides a streamlined registration and login experience, including username suggestions upon account creation
  • And more! Check out the release notes that detail all notable Olive changes.

We’d like to give a big shout out to everyone who made this release possible – there are more names than can be listed, but kudos to the Build-Test-Release Working Group organizers: Group Chair Adolfo Brandes, Release Manager Matjaz Gregoric, Release Testing Coordinator Dean Jay Mathew, Quality Assurance Manager Pierre Maihot, and Release Documentation Writer Peter Pinch. It has been a pleasure being part of the working group for Olive, and we hope to see more people join us for planning the next release,

Palm – planning is starting now! Reach out to us on Discourse, or on the Open edX Slack in the #wg-build-test-release room, for questions about Olive or how to contribute!