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Anope support goes international

The Anope services project considers “opening up International Support Forums & expanding the use of International Language Specific IRC Channels on” according to this news-post on their homepage.

Developer chaz writes in the announcement that “if anyone is multilingual including English and wishes to maintain a channel for their language and/or Forum on our web forum” to email him and to elaborate on “why it should be you and not someone else”.

Good luck and happy supporting :)

Anope network services are updated to 1.9.1-p1

The Anope project released a new version of their services package today.

The network services from the development branch are now at version 1.9.1-p1.

Developer Adam notes that “this release includes a number of bug fixes that were found in 1.9.1, so users of the development branch are encouraged to update.”

The changes included in this release are the following:

F Remove modules_unload_all fini + hack that goes with it.
F Signal handling cleanup.
A Seamless fantasy support on all ChanServ commands, instead of requiring bs_fantasy_*.
F Allow fantasy to be disabled on some commands (e.g. FORBID).
F Some commands (e.g. !help) need to strip the pre-provided channelname from them.
D HelpServ removed
F Command parser cleanup: mod_current_buffer removed and replaced with proper parser. Commands now indicate how they want the buffer split.
F Make NS ENFORCE/RELEASE stuff more sane, redo timers.
A Opertypes (similar to InspIRCd’s opertypes)
F Support operoverride and such things (stop reversing changes from nonopped people where unnecessary)
(F=Fixed A=Added D=Deleted)

The download can be found here (md5sums: 3ebb8b958e9c99c40c3c7f37b5c1f4f9 anope-1.9.1-p1-source.tar.gz and ab3cb50bcd896ed8ae730b1e45d78419 anope-1.9.1-p1.exe)

Anope switches their Support Network to InspIRCd

Following the announcement of InspIRCd 1.2-rc1, the Anope project wrote a news article on their homepage, stating that they have switched IRCds on their support network.

They’re now using InspIRCd 1.2 and a development version from the new 1.9.0 series of their services package. Stating reasons for this move, away from stable to potentially unstable development versions of both programs, chaz says that they “chose InspIRCd as it’s a well maintained, highly motivated and definitely innovative product and we (Anope) should be the forefront of the technology for the sake of our users”.

“We decided also to make the move from Anope 1.8 to 1.9 for a few reasons, namely to put our money where our mouth is and start to push the game forward by showing it’s developing fast and taking strides forward. We also wanted to be able to have users experience it for themselves without the need for a testnet or taking the plunge until their ready” chaz continues to explain the motives behind the move and says that they thought “that if we use Anope 1.9 with InspIRCd we’d be helping both teams find/fix bugs as we are all in the same game at the end of the day; to provide reliable, and feature packed IRC ‘Services’ to administrators & users alike”.

He explicitly mentions that there is no “political motive to our move” but that they “merely want to further the compatibility efforts with InspIRCd” because “of the Unreal project forking InspIRCd for their next major version” they figured that they “might aswell get in on the ground with InspIRCd”.

Closing the announcement, chaz writes that they’re “aiming for a release of Anope 1.9.0 as the first milestone in the development since it started it’s development over on C++” and that they’d like “everyone to get involved with us in testing and suggesting new features on the forum here and reporting any bugs to us on the Bugtracker here“.

Anope releases 1.8.0-stable of their IRC services package

The Anope project announces the availability of version 1.8.0, the new stable release of their IRC services package.

It’s been a long couple of years, with many changes both to the product and indeed to the team as a whole.

For those of you with Modules which won’t work beyond 1.7.21 we understand your plight and will be available to assist module authors if they need a hand revising their mods for general consumption.

We want everyone to move away from 1.7.x as a development branch and join us on -stable. (with your modules of course!)

Below is the complete changelog since version 1.7.24:

10/19 F Updated Anope Credits [ #00]
11/12 F Fixed a potential problem with NS ACCESS and UseRDB [ #00]
11/14 F Fixed two potential format vulnerabilities. [ #00]
11/15 F Fixed ns resending of passcode issue. [#964]
12/05 F Fixed session count being decremented twice on GHOST. [#969]
12/05 F Fixed CS setting +i when akicking a user from an empty channel. [#973]
12/07 F Fixed improper detection of ‘d’ usermode on UnrealIRCd. [#966]
12/20F Fixed crashbug in db-merger. [ #00]
12/29 F Fixed incorrect merging when db-merger is given arguments. [#976]
12/29 F Fixed akicklist not being reordered after a nickcore is dropped. [#983]

Provided by Julien S. <SnakeBrothers [at] hotmail [dot] com> – 2008
11/14 F Fixed BotInfo::chancount not being set properly with UseRDB [#965]

Provided by Szymek <szymek [at] adres [dot] pl> – 2008
10/25 F Updated Polish language file translation. [ #00]

Provided by Kein <kein-of [at] yandex [dot] ru> – 2008
10/25 F Updated Russian language file translation [#959]

Closing their announcement they “once again wish our loyal users all the very best in this holiday season and for all to have a successful year in 2009.”

Files can be grabbed from here.

Of course all the best wishes for 2009 from too – have a nice festive season!

Anope releases RC1 of new 1.8 stable branch

On Sunday, 26th October the Anope project announces the release of release candidate 1 of their new stable branch, version 1.8 of their widely used IRC services package.

The announcement on their website also mentions that “Apart from updates to language files there are no changes since the last development release (1.7.24).”

However, all users of the last stable release, 1.6.5, should prepare to test the new version since they plan to stop supporting it when 1.8 becomes final.

A detailed changelog can be found here.

Thanks to Chaz & Viper for the tip!