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Len (SIrabbi) released Mixmaster 2.9.0 yesterday. After years of 2.9beta* releases we label this one final. Some new features for 3.0 are well underway and already in CVS. Including a sane build system and automagic key rotation.

Wrote a small PHP/Postgres thing to keep track of my books. If you want to take a peek on to my bookshelf visit http://books.noreply.org/.

echolot 2.0 was finally released several months ago (soon after my last diary entry) and is now in Debian, as is Mixmaster which finally got a free license thanks to Lance Cotrell and Len Sassamn.

echolot made huge progress. Currently I have release candidate 2 on the ftp server and it looks like this will become 2.0.

We also added some nice features to Mixmaster (and some boring bug fixes). Mix keys now have expiration dates and mixmaster itself generates new keys before the old ones become obsolete. Together with a good and self learning pinger (hint: echolot) a remailer can now run more or less on auto-pilot.

Of course there are also Debian packages for Echolot and Mixmaster. You can find them on http://non-us.debian.org/~weasel/archive. When the mixmaster license finally gets cleared up (Len is working with Lance) I'll upload them to the archive. Echolot is GPLed, so that's no problem.

Worked quite a lot in echolot. If I don't get any new ideas for must-haves tonight I'll declare current cvs HEAD 2.0rc1.

Did a sponsor upload for LinCVS, a graphical cvs frontend. Jason Friedrich took over the package but he is not a Debian Developer yet so I had to sign the package.

echolot is comming along nicely.

My palm Vx crashed some way yesterday. Had to do a hard reset. Fortuatly restoring the (not too old) backup was quite painless.

Released a new version of keylookup. GnuPG changed some parts of its config file in 1.07 which made the update necessary for people behind proxies.

werner also uploaded it to ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/GnuPG/contrib/. Ola Lundqvist, who maintains the Debian package, expects to upload a new version of the package somewhen next month ("as soon as I get access to some real internet connection").

Brought all my Debian packages to latest upstream version yesterday.

Nearly a year since my last Diary entry. Nothing big changed.

My box which did mail and web services was down for 1 or 2 months at the start of the year. Email was quickly rerouted with the help of friends. UUCP still is useful. Web services where not brought operational that fast because I just didn't care.

I started a very small ISP with a few friends. Our main intention is to even more extend our knowledge of the tools involed. I hacked up some nice configuration scheme which keeps everything (configuration for Apache, Postfix, PostgreSQL, MySQL, courier-{imap,pop3}, etc.) in OpenLDAP. Authentification/NSS against LDAP is done with nss_ldap/nss_nss.

We wanted to setup some distributed network filesystem too. Coda didn't really work that well. Maybe it's just that the current 5.3.18 is broken. Perhaps we were too stupid. Who knows? Next thing to check out is OpenAFS or Intermezzo.

I started work on a pinging software for anonymous remailers: echolot. CVS is up on savannah if you're interested. ATM it already fetches keys and confs from remailers, send and receive pings. The only problems I'm facing is interoperability between GnuPG and the remailing software deployed: mixmaster and reliable.

I'm also writing a remailer daemon in Perl. It will handle both type I and type II messages when it's done. At the moment it can only build type II (aka mix) messages. I don't even have a name for it yet.

Florian Reitmeir and me developed a pretty printer or source code indenter for PHP! Since there obviosly exists no such thing on the internet we stepped forward and had a good time. The result was php indent. Don't try it if you're in a hurry or expect it to not corrupt your code. It's really slow and not properly tested.

I also updated my projects site.

For university I'm doing some interesting stuff with OpenVRML on MacOS X. The only thing I know for sure now is that openvrml lacks documentation.

dtype has made some very interesting statistics on the "full" OpenPGP keyring. You can find them at http://www.dtype.org/keyanalyze/.

I took his software and applied it on the Debian keyring. This result can be found at http://www.palfrader.org/misc/weboftrust/.

In others news I'm quite busy with University but hope to have time for my packages before we go into freeze for all the extra packages.

debcheck has been improved and has NEW! features - not many but still. It is now part of Debian's QA page. You can view it in all its glory at http://qa.debian.org/debcheck.php.

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