William Gathoye wins Mattermost Hackfest 2019!

Mattermost Hackfest 2019 is in the books!

We’re excited to announce that William Gathoye has been named the winner of the event.

William built an MSI installer for the Mattermost Windows Desktop App. The tool allows the desktop version of Mattermost to be installed in the program files that can be accessed by all users who share a computer. Enjoy your Samsung Galaxy Watch, William!

(Note: This feature will ship with Mattermost Desktop App 4.3, which will be released in the near future. In the meantime, download the test build here.)

Huge thanks to our community for participating in Hackfest and supporting the Mattermost open source project.

During the event—which ran Jan. 26 through March 8—we received more than 85 contributions from 36 unique contributors. Anyone who submitted four pull requests that were merged during that period received an exclusive Mattermost hoodie and some stickers.

Here are some of the other great features our community built during Hackfest.

1. Minimum hashtag length setting

Systems using PostgreS databases can now use hashtags shorter than three characters.

This is particularly helpful in environments using CJK characters, as hashtags are often shorter than three characters. As a result of this new feature, it’s easier for people using CJK characters to find the information they need.

Thank you for the contribution, kaakaa!

2. Desktop App GPO policies

Mattermost admins can now use the Windows Group Policy (GPO) to set default servers for the Desktop App when installed via the MSI installer.

Thanks to JtheBAB for this new feature!

(Note: This feature will also ship with Mattermost Desktop App 4.3, which will be released in the near future. In the meantime, download the test build here.)

3. Bulk Export/Import improvements

Admins can now use bulk import and export to gracefully handle deactivated users and their posts in one fell swoop.

Thank you, sandlis, for this feature!

Are you interested in contributing to the Mattermost open source project?

Getting started is easy.

You can also stop by our contributors’ community channel to say hello and head over to GitHub and browse our open tickets.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to Hackfest. We’ll see you next year!

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Eric Sethna

Eric Sethna is a Product Manager at Mattermost, Inc. Prior to joining Mattermost, he worked as a Product Manager for SpinPunch, Inc., a Y Combinator-backed online gaming startup. Eric earned a bachelor of applied science degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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