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!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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