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Overview of FlightFeather Releases ================================== Release 0.2.8 is the current beta of FlightFeather. It added a test facility to recursively find and run the docstring tests inside all modules, as well as web function tests based on the Selenium IDE. Version 0.3.3 (which used to run the bosstats.com site) is the current development release. It modifies the way FlightFeather server loads the configuration, protocol, session and storage modules on startup. The actual loading process now takes place after all options have been parsed. If the "-c" or "--command" option is present, the server does not import these modules at all, since they are not required. The new implementation also fixes a bug, which caused the test versions of the above modules to always load, in addition to any modules specified on the command line. Version 0.3.2 was the previous development release. It updated the submission feature (which currently supports Digg) from version 0.3.0 (see below). The old behavior was to submit article body text only up to the first URL in the story. The newer approach submits the maximum allowed text, including any URLs encountered along the way. In the future, there may be an option to enable the old behavior, as well as other, alternative ways to process submissions. Version 0.3.1 was a development release. It added a safe shutdown feature to FlightFeather server, eliminating the need for the two-step shutdown procedure previously described in "QuickStart.txt". The feature also allows you to stop the server remotely, from a list of trusted IP addresses (set to just by default). Version 0.3.0 was a development release. It introduced a feature that allows easy submission of FlightFeather-hosted content to Digg. Generic utility functions (see "ui/js/ffextract.js") perform most of the work, so it should be relatively straightforward to extend support to other social networking sites in the future. Releases 0.2.7, 0.2.6 and 0.2.5 were alpha releases (now classified as development versions). Release 0.2.7 introduced a complete example site as part of the distribution. This example is intended as a minimal template, with all the necessary configuration files for you to build your own FlightFeather-driven site. The previous release (0.2.6) fixed a bug in version 0.2.5 (the first released version of FlightFeather). The bug could result in a server hang if excessively long (a whole line or more) words appeared in posts or comments. The current version leaves these long words intact, but this behavior may change (or become a configuration option) in future releases. Known Bugs ========== Due to Design Tradeoffs ----------------------- FlightFeather avoids the use of cookies (to allay privacy concerns of visitors) and page refreshing on login (so that any information the user may have entered is not lost). This approach does have some drawbacks, however. * If you log in, and then refresh the page, or browse away and then return with the browser's "back" button, the session information is lost, and you have to log in again. After visiting another page on the site, the session key will be in the URL, so this is no longer a problem. * The session key appears in the URL, which is less secure than using a cookie. Other Bugs ---------- * Sessions only expire if there are enough new sessions to push older out of the cache. * The URL detection feature for comments and posts can capture extra characters in some cases, resulting in a broken link. Available Downloads =================== The current beta release is "ff-0.2.8-beta". The current development release is "ff-0.3.3-devel.tar.bz2" It modifies the way FlightFeather server loads the configuration, protocol, session and storage modules on startup (see the release notes, above). FlightFeather runs under Linux, although it should readily adapt to other Unix environments, and even Windows. You must have Python 2.5 installed, although later 2.X series Pythons should also work. FlightFeather uses the prototype.lite library (see "http://moofx.mad4milk.net/old/documentation/#moofx") and a modified version of moo.ajax (see "http://www.mad4milk.net/entry/moo.ajax") These two dependencies are included in the distribution. Compressing the JavaScript (to reduce loading times) requires the Dojo compressor (see "http://dojotoolkit.org/") although this software may no longer be available, at least in the old form required by FlightFeather. You will also need Apache 2.0 series or higher, and Berkeley DB. Most recent Linux distributions supply packages for these applications. Older Releases -------------- While the current releases are recommended, you can also download earlier versions. * Release "ff-0.3.2-devel.tar.bz2" modified the Digg submission feature introduced in version 0.3.0. * Release "ff-0.3.1-devel.tar.bz2" added a safe shutdown feature to FlightFeather server. * Release "ff-0.3.0-devel.tar.bz2" introduced a Digg submission feature. * Release "ff-0.2.7-alpha.tar.bz2" added a complete example site. * Release "ff-0.2.6-alpha.tar.bz2" was a bugfix release. * Release "ff-0.2.5-alpha.tar.bz2" is the oldest available version. License ======= FlightFeather is licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL) version 2. If you run a social networking (or any other) site using FlightFeather, you can do so freely, without paying any license fees -- no matter how much you earn from your site. You are also under no obligation to distribute any changes you make to the software. If -- and only if -- you do choose to distribute your modifications to FlightFeather itself, the GPL requires you to release the complete source code under the same GPL license.
Source: README.txt, updated 2014-04-05

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