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Unmaintained Free Software progress

Unmaintained Free Software new main page

Yet another Unmaintained Free Software update:

Thanks to Matthias (again), we now have a wonderful new main page in the wiki, which looks a lot better than the old one which I had created a long time ago...

The nice icons were created by David Vignoni for the Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. They're available under terms of the GNU LGPL.

Many other things in the wiki are currently undergoing a long-overdue update and fixing phase. I plan to upgrade the MediaWiki installation we're using, and some new MediaWiki extensions will be added, too.

Oh, and I created and installed a nice favicon for the site, based on the project logo. If you ever wondered how those things are created, here's one possibility:

  1. Create two PNG images, one 16x16, one 32x32 pixels.
  2. apt-get install icoutils
  3. icotool -c foo16x16.png foo32x32.png > favicon.ico
  4. Place the resulting favicon.ico file in your DocumentRoot. Done.

I'm sure there are other and better ways to do it, but this was the first I came up with after a quick apt-cache search favicon.

Computer Forensics Wiki

For everyone who might be interested in computer forensics, data recovery (e.g. ext2/vfat undelete), file system internals, digital evidence, or just playing around with dd, The Sleuth Kit or similar tools:

Checkout Simson Garfinkel's Forensics Wiki which gathers information on the above topics and many more. The content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

Contributors welcome!

New form of wiki spam?

Today, I had the "pleasure" to experience a new form of wiki spam in the Unmaintained Free Software wiki. Or at least it was the first time I had seen it...

The registered wiki user "Drunkers" (yes, the spammer scripts not only spam anonymously, they also create real accounts lately!) spammed several pages in the wiki, adding tons of spam links, hidden with fancy CSS and other tricks. Nothing unusual so far.

Another registered user ("Mootlif3") reverted the spammer's changes with comments like "reverted (spam)", "unrelated links removed", "deleted spam links", and "damn spammers". Or so I thought.

The real "wtf" moment emerged when I checked what "Mootlif3" really had done. He didn't really revert the changes of the spammer. He only removed a few of the links from the page, leaving most of them still in there! So it would look like a nice (human) wiki user had helped out with cleaning spam, but in reality he only created a false sense of "security" for people who really want to clean the spam...

Damn spammers, indeed.

WikiMatrix - Wiki Feature Comparison

Are you gonna setup a wiki anytime soon? Checkout the WikiMatrix site which allows you to compare various wiki software projects according to a huge amount of criteria.

My favorite has always been MediaWiki (probably because I occasionally write for the Wikipedia). I use that for both, the Unmaintained Free Software wiki, as well as the Crazy Hacks wiki (both need some more love and contributors, hint hint). I'll checkout some of the other wiki software projects soon, though...

(via ZDNet Blogs | Between the Lines)

Wikimedia needs your help

The Wikimedia Foundation is asking for donations to cover their always increasing costs for hardware and other stuff.

They need ca. $200,000 for this quarter alone! Yes, that was a bit shocking for me, too... As of today they already raised $98,000 so they still need ca. $102,000 until 2005-09-08 (the "fund drive" is is being held from 2005-08-19 to 2005-09-08).

If you have some spare money, go donate it, help to keep the knowledge of this world free!

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