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Pacific NW Portal 5 launches tomorrow!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! On behalf of the team at NPI, I’m very excited to announce that development and beta testing of the next version of Pacific NW Portal, codenamed Newport,  is coming to a close.

Tomorrow, we will launch the new site… just in time for the Feast of the Nativity and the Festival of Lights (and New Year’s after that). It will then be yours to enjoy through the remainder of the holiday season and beyond.

A great deal of work has gone into this release. We’ve completely re-engineered Pacific NW Portal to make it faster and more reliable… and tested it extensively on tablets and smartphones in addition to desktop operating systems to ensure compatability across platforms. Readers who run GNU/Linux on their desktops will be pleased to hear that much of the development and testing for Newport was done on computers running Kubuntu and Debian.

Our thanks go out to everyone who was involved in this project… every blogger who made a suggestion, every reader who helped us beta test, and every supporter who responded when we asked How can we improve Pacific NW Portal?

Tomorrow, we retire the old Portal (Version 4.0+, codenamed Seaside) for good after half a decade of service, and introduce its successor … Newport. We hope you’ll join us here on The Advocate for the launch festivities.

If you’d like to preview the new Pacific NW Portal before it goes live, you’re welcome to join us for the final night of beta testing. Just let us know!