Imc-Tech Summary 28 May, 2002
Speakeasy Hosting Update
Speakeasy has requested indymedia start paying for hosting
stallman (the primary indymedia server which hosts around 35 of the
sites). A few of the seattle imc people wrote a letter to mike at
speakeasy discussing the issue. They tried to demonstrate to
Speakeasy that they derive capitalist benefits from the relationship
with IMC, as well as promoting the work of social justice.
Clarification on Global Indy's "UPCOMING IMC COVERAGE" section
More info on how to get an event listed.
The old donate page is missing, but there is a donate link on
tech.indymedia.org. Also paypal no longer thinks we're comitting
fraud so online donations are working again to imc-tech.
Ruckus Tech Camp
Just a reminder that the ruckus tech camp will be in Occidental, Ca
June 24 to July 2. They need help organizing the sessions. There
is a list for discussing the camp on riseup.
Global features newswire
The right hand newswire column now lists features from local imc's.
Not all local imc's currently have their features included because
they need to upgrade their sites. The old open publishing newswire
is still on the global site it is just a click away.
The code for the center columns on indymedia sites running active has
had a lot of back end work done on it since the last summary. This
makes the aforementioned global features newswire work. Most
recently the ability to tag a feature with a specific language has
been added. Once people upgrade we will be able to display the
language for each feature on the global features newswire.
Anonymous CVS is once again working on Cat
This means that the cvsa command on stallman is working again
San Diego will provide a place to live for willing IMC-Techista
IMC San Diego needs a local techie to fix active, and are willing
to provide housing this summer.
The IMC-Tech page has been cleaned up, now a good source of links
to all the various IMC wikis.
If your indymedia related mailinglist is NOT hosted on sarai (the
lists.indymedia.org server) then we really need you to email
. This will mean it will be much easier to find
out where your indymedia related discussions are taking place.
Plus, the page lists.indymedia.org now being statically generated
New Database Server
Inglis is now online as the database server taking over part of the
load from stallman. While we haven't solved some serious database
problems this has improved stability on stallman. Inglis is named
after Agnes Inglis an early 20th century anarchist librarian.
Proposal for a features sharing system
There has been a little talk of creating a system that will automate
the pulling of a feature from one indymedia site to another. So far
it's still looking for people to take up the coding.
Documentation Projects: Attack of the Wikis!
In a renewed push to create a sustainable system for documentation a
number of wiki systems have been setup. A wiki is a special type
of web site which allows people looking at pages to edit them. Think
of it as an open editing website system. Currently we have a number
of different wiki systems running but there is a plan to consolidate
them in to one site.
- docs.indymedia.org is the new general wiki / indymedia docs system
- bandwidthcoop.org/imc/tech code and server information
- kropotkin.indymedia.org/moin/moin.cgi for imc-tech info and status (migrated to docs.indy)
Please use the wikis for all indymedia documentation! It's easy to
set up a section for your local imc's docs.
Multiplacer: pushtoeye replacement
Toni from the UK has written a replacement for pushtoeye that isn't a
messy hack. It is currently in the debugging stage and is being
tested on kropotkin. Please send firstname.lastname@example.org
him to finish it up and consider using instead of the bandwidth
hogging pushtoeye script. There is also a rumor that loudeye has
installed rsynch so we may be able to have centerstage pull the
content which would also be much more reliable.
PGP & Keyservers
There are currently four servers in the imc pgp keyring network.
Somebody should write up documentation on using it and post
it to one of the wikis.
Secure IRC (Chat)
For everybody who doesn't want the spooks to read your chats we have
a how-to document on connecting to the indymedia's irc server. Of
course it really only works for msg and private conversations.
list has finally picked up as people
upgrade to use the new global features newswire. There is also
a new page on the global indymedia site listing links to all the
various rss feeds from the indymedia network. Using these new feeds
some regional groups of imc's are considering creating their own
sub-network sites which combine their content.
CPSR Conference: Shaping The Network
At the end of may a bunch of imc techies gathered in seattle for the
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility conference. There
were a number of indymedia related sessions and breakouts including
an open mic at the seattle imc. A hot topic was how to evolve open
publishing in to an open editorial system based on democratic,
discursive, and networked filtering and highlighting of content.
Jeff Chester from the Center for Digital Democracy's talk at the imc
about the struggle for open net access over cable is online.
IMC-Tech Summary Update
Sorry for the long gap in imc-tech summaries. Hopefully we can get
some sort of job rotation so more people can participate in the
process of writing summaries. Writing a summary doesn't take any
special skill, just some time to look through and summarize what
has been discussed.
- 06 Jun 2002