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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.

New Unmaintained Free Software logo

New Unmaintained Free Software logo

Thanks to the great work of Matthias we now have a great new logo for the Unmaintained Free Software wiki.

Thats' all.

Unmaintained GNU packages need new maintainer: a2ps, fontutils, thales

I stumbled over this page on gnu.org yesterday, which says that the a2ps, fontutils, and thales packages are in need of new maintainers.

Especially a2ps has often been very useful to me, so I instantly added it to the Unmaintained Free Software wiki (the other two will follow soon).

It would be nice if someone could take over these packages, fix some bugs, and generally keep them in shape. I don't like seeing such useful programs die.

Unmaintained Free Software is no longer... um... unmaintained

Just when I was thinking that the Unmaintained Free Software wiki was finally dead, Joey Hess mentioned it in his blog (thanks!), which (it seems) has resulted in a few new contributors (thanks!).

In addition, I got motivated to work on it again; I had neglected the wiki for quite a while, partly because I was busy with tons of other projects (which I always am, so I guess that doesn't count), and partly also because it was a one-man project for a long time. Even after being mentioned on Slashdot, Newsforge and a bunch of other sites it never reached a state of halfway constant contributions from other people. But, it somehow survived while one or two similar projects I was aware of died away.

As it's the only project of its kind which exists at the moment (to the best of my knowledge) and I really think it's a worthwhile cause, I'll continue searching and adding more projects , in the hope that some interested programmers take over maintainance of one or the other... Any help and contributions are of course very welcome!

Joey: As for Xgalaga, it was not yet re-added after I switched from a custom-made CMS to a wiki, but it's there now. That'll hopefully increase it's chances to find a new maintainer ;)

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.

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