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Penguin Greetings 1.0.0 released

It's official! There were no issues with Penguin Greetings 0.9.9, so that is now the 1.0.0 release. Nothing has been changed but the version numbers. Penguin Greetings is now considered stable for production use.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2005-06-06

Penguin Greetings 0.9.9 released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.9 is released. This is a release candidate for the 1.0 release. The most important enhancement is support for the embedded Perl environment HTML::Mason in addition to Embperl. Other enhancements include: Localization using Perl's Locale::Maketext, a collection of general use templates to simplify site building, and scheduling when card categories are displayed during the calendar year.... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2005-05-09

New default site for Penguin Greetings

Just in time for Easter, the default (main) ecard site for Penguin Greetings has been updated on <> in preparation for the official 1.0 release of this software. This is work in progress, but it appears to be stable and perfectly usable as of now.

Unfortunately, since there is no mirror site of Penguin Greetings running the actual 0.9.8 release, there is no place to see what Penguin Greetings looks like "out of the box." So unless some nice person offers to provide a new mirror site for Penguin Greetings, the only way to see the existing look of Penguin Greetings is to install it or wait for the 1.0 release when the new look will become the default.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2004-04-10

Penguin Greetings 0.9.8 released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.8 is released. This update features a new secondary ecard site The Penguin Greetings Four Seasons Collection which demonstrates the power of Embperl for developing elaborate ecard sites on top of the existing Penguin Greetings ecard engine. The 24 new images in the Four Seasons site can be placed in customizable card templates where type-style, frame, color, and other properties can be changed by the card site user. No changes where necessary to the Penguin Greetings ecard engine to implement the Four Seasons site.... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2004-03-30

Mirror site out of date

Unfortunately, I have been unable to contact the folks running the Penguin Greetings mirror site to have them update to the newest version. So until further notice, the only place to see the current version of Penguin Greetings is the development site: See the demonstration pages ( for more details.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2004-03-13

Penguin Greetings 0.9.7 released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.7 is released. This major update includes support object-oriented ecard sites via Embperl::Object. A new demonstration web site using this technology has been provided in English and French: The Penguin Greetings California Poppy Collection ( Other important changes include: Caching of all configuration file information for greatly improved performance for the SpeedyCGI version of Configuration files are now periodicially reloaded and can be reloaded via SIGHUP for both the SpeedCGI application and the daemon. Application daemon now handles purging of ecards older than a user-specified number of days. Daemon has been streamlined to improve responsiveness and simplfy configuration. All database files are now backed up daily. Added a new database maintenance tool PgreetDButil. Application daemon log file format has been cleaned up to greatly improve readability. Replaced all of the early cards which were not based on photos of some sort with far more artistic equivalients.... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2004-03-06

Penguin Greetings 0.9.5 released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.5 is released. This release adds support for Localization/Internationalization by interpreting the browser environment. Two example secondary sites have been translated into French to demonstrate this capability: The Holy ecard site - PgSaint ( and a (now dated) Christmas card site - PgXmas ( read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2004-01-15

Christmas ecard secondary sites have been added

Christmas ecard secondary sites have been added in English and French. These sites are part of the development for multiple language support that is under way for the Penguin Greetings software. However, they are fully functional now (you simply must "manually" select your preferred language at this time.) The Christmas card site in English is:!en-us... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-12-18

Penguin Greetings 0.9.4 released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.4 is released. This is an interim release to provide the remainder of the Christmas cards for the 2003 holiday season and New Year cards for 2004. There are no substantive changes to the software.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-12-14

Mirror site for Penguin Greetings restored

The mirror demonstration site is now back up and running but at a new location (same server - different virtual domain.) You can access Penguin Greetings at Unfortunately, the server ran into some connectivity problems - like a broken ethernet driver!!

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-11-26

Penguin Greetings 0.9.3 is released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.3 is released. This release is a code cleanup and minor bug fix release. There are no new features in the application itself and upgrading from previous versions is straightforward if you have the installer.cache file from the previous release.

There are 14 new cards bringing the total in the collection to over 120. This release includes cards for Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday Season.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-11-19

New demonstration site for Penguin Greetings

There is a new demonstration site for Penguin Greetings thanks to the nice folks at: You can access the site at:

See the Penguin Greetings demonstration information page for more information:

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-10-02

Penguin Greetings 0.9.2 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.2 is released. It provides a new framework to allow developers to implement "back" buttons using CGI, instead of JavaScript. It also corrects entries in the email header to reduce the risk of a Penguin Greeting ecard being incorrectly identified as SPAM. Three new ecards for Halloween have been added to the collection.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-09-29

Penguin Greetings 0.9.1 released

Penguin Greetings 0.9.1 is released. It includes a new testing framework for application configuration variables and a new application to test the main configuration file: PgreetConfTest. It also fixes a bug that caused the pgreet UID and GID to be installed as a string instead of a number. This caused the Penguin Greetings daemon pgreetd to send cards out as root instead of user pgreet.

Also included are 6 new ecards for Grandparents in general and Grandparents Day in particular.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-08-31

Penguin Greetings 0.9.0 Released

The installation procedure is MUCH improved!! The installer Install.PL now takes over the task of: installing the required Perl modules, localizing the application and configuration files, and copying everything where it belongs. You still need to create a pgreet user and make some directories, but the installer takes care of the rest.

The core of the application remains the same as 0.8.8 (as promised,) but there are some bug fixes and code cleanups. There are also over 15 new cards bringing the total in the default collection to over 100!!

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-08-25

Penguin Greetings 0.8.8 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.8.8 is released. This release candidate for the 0.9.x series is an extensive rewrite of core functionality and includes Perl modules for shared code and support for an unlimited number of secondary ecard sites running the same server and same CGI-Application/daemon pair.

Other important changes include: SMTP client service, so that ecard can be sent via another SMTP gateway than the local computer, improvements to PgTemplateTest (formerly TemplateTest,) a new Database initialization tool: PgreetDBinit, Email messages with the user's own subject lines, 2 secondary demonstration ecard sites (one featuring camels - the other saints,) and 20 new cards all quite varied!... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-07-23

Broken 0.8.3 archives replaced

OOPS! I learned the hard way not to add a file to a SourceForge release before it has finished uploading from your local server. Both the .gz and .bz2 archives in the 0.8.3 were cut short and therefore useless. I have replaced the files in the release and they uncompress just fine now.

So if you tried to get hold of Penguin Greetings 0.8.3 before today (06/17/03), please accept my apologies and hop on over to the download page ( and get the complete McCoy!

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-06-18

Penguin Greetings 0.8.3 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.8.3 is released. This release features user-interface improvements to the default web-site that "ships" with Penguin Greetings, a new Standy mode, and a greatly enhanced template tool:

There are (count'em) 18 new cards for this release including new cards in the birthday, love and romance, sympathy and encouragement, religious, and general interest categories. Of course there are additional cards for the American Independence Day!

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-06-15

Penguin Greetings 0.8.2 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.8.2 is released. Penguin Greetings supports a persistent Perl interpreter via the SpeedyCGI ( utility. This greatly improves the response of Penguin Greetings while reducing the load it places on the server hardware. All of the SpeedyCGI performance parameters that can be changed during runtime have been added to the Penguin Greetings configuration file.... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-05-29

Penguin Greetings 0.8.1 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.8.1 is released. Penguin Greetings now does all error handling via HTML templates. So all error messages are completely customizable and the system can be translated into any language that can be represented in HTML. The CGI application does no direct interaction with the user that in not mediated by the HTML template system.

There are now over 30 ecards included in the distribution including cards for Mothers' day, Cards for solace/sympathy, and religious cards.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-04-28

Penguin Greetings email list created

There is now an email list for users, adminstrators, and content developers to post questions, make suggestions, and share ideas on how to make more interesting Penguin Greetings ecard sites. The list is called pgreet-users and you can subscribe to it or access the archives from the following link:

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-04-27

Penguin Greetings 0.8.0 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.8.0 is released. Penguin Greetings is now two products wrapped into one. Penguin Greetings is engine for handling web "ecards." It is also a collection of 20+ cards that can be installed into any server for an immediate ecards solution. Major enhancements have been made in the way that cards are stored in configuration files and in the DBM databases which make card content much easier to develop - especially using Embperl. Both the demonstration site and information website have been completely overhauled. Penguin Greetings has matured into a very suitable tool for everything from serious content developers to the UNIX hobbyist who simply wants to add ecards to his/her server.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-04-09

Penguin Greetings 0.7.8 Released

Penguin Greetings 0.7.8 is released. This is basically a release candidate for version 0.8.0 and includes the most important enhancement needed for the 1.0.0 release: HTML templates that use Embperl <> to embed the Perl variables. There may be some minor adjustments to the formatting of templates, but now content designers have a solid and stable foundation from which to work on. Assuming no serious bugs are found, the 0.8.0 release will contain mostly documentation upgrades and revised content to demonstrate the new enhancements. Bug reports and/or comments on this release are especially appreciated.

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-03-24

Penguin Greetings 0.7.1 released

Penguin Greetings 0.7.1 is released. After struggling with the existing Perl options to install Penguin Greetings I found that there simply aren't any standard ways to install scripts (in contrast with Perl modules.) I knew I was trouble when I posted my problem to the Module::Build and the only answer I got was someone saying: "You know, that's why I signed up to this email list too - have you had any luck?!?!!" So, after wasting far more time than it was worth, I just wrote my own installer. This release sports the new installer. It is a little fancier than necessary and is robustly designed. Comments and suggestions are as always welcome!

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-03-09

Installer and Embedded Perl plans

Sorry for the delay in updates. I was a victim of the latest respiratory bug that is going around. I'm looking into the two main deficiencies in Penguin Greetings. The current plan is to use the new Perl module Module::Build ( to use as the installer. According to the Module::Build ( article on O'Rielly's by Dave Roisky, Module::Build is being considered to replace the old ExtUtils::MakeMaker module in Perl 5.10. It seems to have the additional flexibility that will make it possible for me to drop the files for Penguin Greetings in the right places without undue pain.... read more

Posted by Edouard Lagache 2003-02-18

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