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Welcome to Oscailt 3: A new generation of Indymedia Software

category national | indymedia ireland | feature author Sunday January 29, 2006 03:42author by Indymedia Ireland Development Team - Indymedia Ireland Report this post to the editors

Indymedia Ireland Launches Oscailt 3.0 Platform As well as Indymedia Ireland's constant efforts to produce and distribute information in an open and democratic manner, we put a similar effort into creating and disseminating free software to allow others to do the same. Today, after more than 18 months of development, we finally launch version 3.0 of our Oscailt content management system.

New Features

Oscailt 3.0 has literally hundreds of new features which will progressively appear on the Irish site over the next few months. Some of the most important ones for users are the following:

  1. Images Made Easy - Oscailt now automatically resizes all images for web-viewing - this means that you can now upload much bigger images than before.
  2. Friendly URL's Indymedia URL's are now short and meaningful without any of the messy variables. http://www.indymedia.ie/features/dublin/anticapitalism is a new style URL - this means that search engines should give Indymedia articles an even higher ranking than now.
  3. Lots of New Feeds: atom comments rss podcast Podcasts, Comment Feeds, Atom Feeds, RSS 2.0 or RSS 1.0 ../feeds.more information
  4. Lots of anti-spam / anti-troll measuresreport post Users can report any post on the site by clicking on the report post icon beside it. The ../editorial dalek dalek has also been given some major new powers - it's hungrier than ever to exterminate those annoying trolls.
  5. Context Sensitive headlines - every article is now accompanied by a list of headlines from the same author and with the same category - making it much easier to follow threads through our coverage of issues.
  6. Lots of new ways to get involved - Oscailt 3 allows lots of different ways for people to get involved in indymedia Ireland - from reporting posts to managing a whole section of the site, there are more ways than ever to get involved in indymedia and help us to carry the voices of the excluded around the world!
  7. New Multi-lingual Features Oscailt 3 allows us to manage the translation of the site into several languages easily - we will be starting to translate as much of the site as we can into Irish in the near future
  8. A new look to the site - take a look around our newly designed site and let us know what you think!

Some Background

Oscailt has thusfar been almost entirely produced by the technical group of indymedia Ireland. It's history is very much bound up with the history of indymedia Ireland, although it is now starting to grow both within the IMC Network and elsewhere.

Oscailt was first launched on indymedia Ireland on June 18th 2003. Since then it has gone through a second generation and slowly spread around the world. Today it powers indymedia sites in far-off places like Oklahoma, Charlottesville, Virginia and some closer to home like Bristol Indymedia. Oscailt has also been translated into several foreign languages, for example, Oscailt powers Jakarta Indymedia and Denmark Indymedia.

For us, the fact that we produce our own software and distribute it for free is a very important part of Indymedia - the idea of Open Publishing owes much to the free software movement. With the development of Oscailt 3.0, the software has started to spread even further into non-indymedia sites. Although version 3.0 has not yet been fully publically released, there are already a list of sites who are using one of the beta releases to power their site. For example: Anarkismo, International Anarchist News Site and Sonidos Libertarios. Oscailt 3.0 beta versions also power the newest member of the indymedia family: Virginia Beach Indymedia as well as prospective ones like East Africa IMC

More Information

Oscailt is Licensed under the GPL. It can be downloaded from the Oscailt Sourceforge Page. The documentation for Oscailt 3 is available on the indymedia documentation wiki. The current release is numbered 3.0-rc1 - meaning that it is a 'release candidate' - we expect the full public release to take place within a few weeks.

We are always looking for more people to help out with Oscailt development and indymedia Ireland technical work - no matter what technical skills they have. To get involved, just sign up to the Oscailt Public Mailing list or the Indymedia Ireland Technical Mailing List. We are also always looking for volunteers to help out with all other aspects of the site - don't be shy Get Involved!

Please add any comments or questions that you might have about the new site or the new software

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Great work!     Michael    Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:21 
   Fair play     Dave    Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:42 
   well Done     gay geori    Sun Jan 29, 2006 14:11 
   broken links     gay geori    Sun Jan 29, 2006 14:19 
   Well done to the Indy crew     Starstruck    Sun Jan 29, 2006 14:50 
   All old links should now work     chekov    Sun Jan 29, 2006 15:41 
   Good stuff     Ed Lee    Sun Jan 29, 2006 15:58 
   hmmm     HIn    Sun Jan 29, 2006 16:10 
   feature suggestion     kino    Sun Jan 29, 2006 20:08 
 10   A little unhelpful     G    Sun Jan 29, 2006 20:37 
 11   Thumbs up     Seán Ryan    Sun Jan 29, 2006 21:00 
 12   Looking forward to uploading larger images.     Noise Hacker    Sun Jan 29, 2006 23:21 
 13   great work     hs    Sun Jan 29, 2006 23:39 
 14   G, the search button is there     R. Isible    Sun Jan 29, 2006 23:59 
 15   Layout     M Cotton    Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:27 
 16   Itunes Podcasting     chekov    Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:47 
 17   search feature     gay geori    Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:02 
 18   Answer     Chekov    Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:10 
 19   hip hip hooray calloo callay we'll get the jaberwocky yet.     iosaf    Mon Jan 30, 2006 13:20 
 20   New format     Advice wanted    Mon Jan 30, 2006 17:51 
 21   An ann do mo theangasa?     Duine    Mon Jan 30, 2006 19:33 
 22   Constructive Criticism     Niall Harnett    Mon Jan 30, 2006 23:49 
 23   TREASURER     AN FEAR SIUIL    Tue Jan 31, 2006 02:28 
 24   Censorship     FredHead    Tue Jan 31, 2006 15:22 
 25   Images     Rearranged    Tue Jan 31, 2006 16:48 
 26   quick responses     chekov    Tue Jan 31, 2006 16:57 
 27   Bring back real green     Greengrass    Tue Jan 31, 2006 17:34 
 28   categories     catch    Wed Feb 01, 2006 02:23 
 29   Great site & software     Max The IT pro    Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:14 
 30   Play the ball and not the woman ?     a women    Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:52 
 31   the ball     pat c    Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:59 
 32   ...     Chekov    Wed Feb 01, 2006 13:28 
 33   chekov     pat c    Wed Feb 01, 2006 13:56 
 34   Various     searcher    Wed Feb 01, 2006 14:14 
 35   Just a comment on Pat C's info     R. Isible    Thu Feb 02, 2006 04:12 
 36   Text Size     All Black Paddy    Thu Feb 02, 2006 05:10 
 37   Holy Shit     Seán Ryan    Thu Feb 02, 2006 07:33 
 38   Deflation and re-inflation     Seán    Thu Feb 02, 2006 08:58 
 39   text size     chekov    Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:01 
 40   bring back the old colours!!     organise    Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:54 
 41   Almost' Sound as a Pound     Davy Carlin    Fri Feb 03, 2006 13:17 
 42   The colours are great     chancer    Fri Feb 03, 2006 17:58 
 43   To chancer     Greengrass    Fri Feb 03, 2006 18:09 
 44   There have been subtle adjustments     chekov    Fri Feb 03, 2006 18:14 
 45   Up the global imc     reader    Fri Feb 03, 2006 19:25 
 46   spatial problems on my settings.     RobbieS    Fri Feb 03, 2006 19:39 
 47   sorry 'bout that, last point is invalid     RobbieS    Fri Feb 03, 2006 19:43 
 48   possible oscailt workshop this wed?     dunk    Fri Feb 03, 2006 19:50 
 49   great, imc-ie rocks     dunk    Fri Feb 03, 2006 20:09 
 50   newswire confusion     user    Fri Feb 03, 2006 21:07 
 51   I like it     billy    Fri Feb 03, 2006 21:46 
 52   report post link     chekov    Fri Feb 03, 2006 23:05 
 53   To user     chekov    Sat Feb 04, 2006 00:03 
 54   colours     dave    Sat Feb 04, 2006 18:26 
 55   Dave, i disagree     tc    Sat Feb 04, 2006 21:36 
 56   The Oscailt 3-green backlash starts here!     anarchaeologist    Sat Feb 04, 2006 22:44 
 57   Joven Combatiente, hiphologia (for test the podcast)     Sonidos Libertarios    Sun Feb 05, 2006 03:24 
 58   zzzzzzzz     eye rubbing    Sun Feb 05, 2006 15:39 
 59   I like it, but...     El Bull    Mon Feb 06, 2006 01:32 
 60   old event page is still there     oscailt-bot    Mon Feb 06, 2006 01:58 
 61   Gaeilge     Darren    Mon Feb 06, 2006 14:24 
 62   blank space     brendan    Tue Feb 07, 2006 21:26 
 63   wrong url     nestor    Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:19 
 64   Oscailt 3.0 HTML for the Masses     redjade    Fri Feb 10, 2006 15:54 
 65   front page     cliChe Guevara    Fri Feb 10, 2006 16:57 
 66   wrong instructions bug     gay geori    Fri Feb 10, 2006 22:55 
 67   link     Darren    Sat Feb 11, 2006 16:53 
 68   hmmm i agree - WWJND?     redjade    Sun Feb 12, 2006 01:58 
 69   Text over-written by box.     RobbieS    Sun Feb 12, 2006 20:20 
 70   HTML is very useful / Search     Gay Geori    Sun Feb 12, 2006 20:22 
 71   Responses     Chekov    Sun Feb 12, 2006 21:34 
 72   Spatial Discrepencies also on Firefox     RobbieS    Wed Feb 15, 2006 19:14 
 73   Thanks - Big Improvement     Gay Geori    Thu Feb 16, 2006 17:16 
 74   Oscailt 3 official release announcement     Chekov    Thu Feb 16, 2006 17:25 
 75   Thanks to all feedback     Chekov    Thu Feb 16, 2006 17:46 
 76   why have you put 666 in the dot on the "i"?     negative feedback    Thu Feb 16, 2006 20:02 
 77   Why is Oscailt 3 so cool?     redjade    Fri Feb 24, 2006 21:55 
 78   grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! resistance is futile / fertile.     iosaf    Fri Feb 24, 2006 22:48 


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