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Samizdat is a generic RDF-based engine for building collaboration and open publishing Web sites. It provides users with the means to cooperate and coordinate on all kinds of activities, including media activism, resource sharing, education and research, advocacy, and so on. It intends to promote values of freedom, openness, equality, and cooperation.


Recent releases

  •  13 May 2012 14:51

    Release Notes: Posts by registered members are now organized into blogs. Publishing a message with several pictures and other multimedia parts can now be done in a single step. Sub-tags provide even finer control over site structure, while translations have been promoted from special-class comments into their own kind of message part. Other changes include short message cut mark, support for comments with empty titles, Lock Comments moderation action, and a public moderators list. Behind the scenes, Samizdat has migrated from cgi.rb to Rack, from DBI to Sequel, and from Mahoro to Magic FFI.

    •  12 Feb 2009 14:59

      Release Notes: Password encryption is now as strong as it gets, HTTPS now gets the emphasis it deserves, cross-site scripting protection has been tightened, and in general the engine is more paranoid about user-submitted data. End users will be most interested in the integration with the Flowplayer Flash video player and the thumbnailing capabilities of the new image plugin. Both features are enabled by the new plugin mechanism, which also allows you to add fancy member profile parameters and alternative access control schemes.

      •  04 Mar 2008 16:13

        Release Notes: The most interesting part of this release is its new security features: CSRF protection, an antispam module, per-resource moderation logs, and a moderation request tracker. An RSS import module allows you to syndicate content from other sites on the front page. Massive changes were made in the engine internals (MVC, deadlock-proof cache, optional RDF query patterns, support for Lighttpd, MySQL, SQLite3). Many minor enhancements were made, like a new pagination system, file size display, cleaner handling of replies and message translations, better error reporting, and more UI translations.

        •  29 Nov 2006 21:34

          Release Notes: This version incorporates two years worth of real-world deployment. Apart from ubiquitous message translations management and RSS syndication, many old tools were made more flexible and easier to use. The focus management interface is simplified, and the front page packs more information into a better layout and allows you to include static headers and footers. Even more changes are under the hood: multi-layer caching, gzip and ETag, audio and video uploads, BitTorrent links, HTML and CSS filtering, flexible access control, new moderation features, new languages and themes, simplified installation, and more.

          •  22 Oct 2004 14:24

            Release Notes: The front page layout has been changed to the more familiar vertical split with the main column featuring focuses and the right column running recent updates in the open publishing wire. A new moderation facility allows you to take over messages, displace their contents completely, and block member accounts. This release adds an alternative CSS theme, "Indy" (selectable from the Settings page), and a Belorussian translation. The database connection is now configurable and allows you to run multiple Samizdat instances on a single server. Oversize titles and descriptions are now truncated.


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