- 2006-11-29: Samidat 0.6.0 is released.
The version increase attributes to the gradual changes in
0.5.x series and incorporates almost two years worth of
real-world deployment. Now that Samizdat has finally become a
mature open publishing system, the road is cleared for more
intrusive changes and major new features, such as free exchange
In the way of major features, this version introduces
ubiquitous message translations and RSS syndication. Many old
tools are now more flexible and easier to use: focus management
interface is simplified, the front page now packs more
information in better layout and allows to include static
headers and footers.
There are even more changes under the hood: multi-layer
caching, gzip and ETag support, support for audio and video
uploads, BitTorrent links, HTML and CSS filtering, flexible
access control, new moderation features, new UI translations and
themes, code reorganization, simplified installation, and
Samizdat 0.6.0 Release Notes
- 2006-11-28: Review of Samizdat for IMC CMS project is finalized.
- Samizdat is compared against Drupal, Plone, Wordpress, and
Spip for requirements and wishes of Indymedia activists:
CMS Survey Report,
discussion on samizdat-devel.
- 2006-09-22: Samizdat translated to French.
- French translation of Samizdat interface was contributed by Boud.
- 2006-09-12: Samizdat progress and IMC CMS project.
- In response to IMC CMS project,
discussion of Samizdat's progress in achieving features desired
by Indymedia is started.
- 2006-01-24: Indymedia Ukraine accepted into Indymedia Network.
- Indymedia Ukraine,
running Samizdat engine in production, is accepted
into Indymedia Network.
- 2005-12-19: Indymedia Belarus accepted into Indymedia Network.
- Indymedia Belarus,
running Samizdat engine in production, is accepted
into Indymedia Network.
- 2005-12-02: Samizdat translated to Polish.
- Polish translation of Samizdat interface was contributed by Boud.
- 2005-08-31: New discussions on samizdat-devel.
- See August archive
of samizdat-devel mailing list for general discussions on Java
vs. Ruby and feedback on Debian package of Samizdat.
- 2005-02-11: Samizdat RDF Storage 0.1 is released.
- Due to numerous requests from the public, Samizdat RDF
Storage module is now released as a stand-alone library. The
module provides optimized storage of RDF data in relational
database (PostgreSQL) and is used by Samizdat engine as its main
- 2004-10-22: Samizdat 0.5.4 is released.
In this version, front page layout was changed to the more
familiar vertial split with the main column featuring focuses
and right column running recent updates in the open publishing
wire. New moderation facility allows to take over messages,
displace their contents completely, and block member accounts.
More new features: alternative CSS theme Indy is added and now
is selectable from the Settings page; Belarussian translation is
added; database connection is now configurable and allows to run
multiple Samizdat instances on a single server; oversize titles
and descriptions are now truncated.
Samizdat 0.5.4 Release Notes
- 2004-09-24: Demo site at Cat@lyst is back online.
- With generous help from Andy Nicholson, latest Samizdat
version is now running at the same location.
- 2004-09-20: Samizdat 0.5.3 is released.
- Starting with this version, Samizdat can send out email:
currently, it is used to recover lost passwords and to confirm
that member email address is real. Email addresses are now
unique, making it more difficult to cheat using throwaway
accounts. Other changes include new dc:description message
property for attaching article abstract, thumbnail image, or
table of contents to a message, new preferences infrastructure
allowing to add more server-side member settings in the future,
and the inevitable database schema change.
- 2004-09-20: Couple of whitepapers on Samizdat from the
- The papers "Model for
Collaborative Decision Making Based on RDF
and "Accessing Relational Data with
RDF Queries and Assertions" where submitted to
several RDF-related conferences earlier this year, but where
accepted by none, and thus are now made freely available
- 2004-08-04: New demo site is now online.
- Demo site using Samizdat is deployed at Boblycat by Eugene Zaikonnikov.
- 2004-07-05: Samizdat 0.5.2 is released.
- This version adds Wiki functionality to Samizdat, allowing
to edit messages and track history of changes. Messages may use
Textile format for advanced hypertext markup, editing may be
limited to the original creator or open for all site members.
Other highlights of this release are FastCGI support,
configurable site logo, multiple usability improvements, and the
usual bunch of bugfixes. Once again, database schema is slightly
- 2004-03-18: Samizdat 0.5.1 "Paris Commune" release is out.
- This release is dedicated to 133rd anniversary of the Paris
Commune. Main feature of this version is i18n support, with
Russian translation already in place. Other improvements include
ability to work as plain CGI without mod_ruby, support for
Windows/Cygwin, massive speed increase, and a long list of
bugfixes. Database schema is changed again, but this time it is
trivial to migrate from the previous version.
- 2003-12-01: Samizdat 0.5.0 is released.
- This version introduces basic focus management, completing
the minimal set of features required for an open publishing part
of the engine, and making Samizdat ready for public beta
testing. Other major changes in this release include Pingback
support, many user interface improvements, another rewrite of
multimedia upload, testing framework, and more.
- 2003-11-18: Demo site is available.
- Demo site using Samizdat is deployed at
Cat@lyst by Andy
- 2003-10-17: samizdat-devel mailing list is created.
- The mailing list
is dedicated to development of the Samizdat collaboration and
open publishing engine. Secondary list topics include Samizdat
demployment, usage, and other related issues.
- 2003-09-01: Samizdat 0.0.4 is released.
- This version allows to upload multimedia messages, including
images and verbatim plain text, and introduces publishing of
user-defined queries in form of "application/x-squish"
messages. When migrating from older versions, Samizdat database
should be dropped and recreated from scratch because of
incompatible database schema change: content is now stored as a
blob. In addition, file upload feature relies on StringIO module
that is available as part of the Ruby 1.8 or can be installed
separately from the Ruby Shim library for Ruby 1.6.
- 2003-08-08: Samizdat 0.0.3 is released.
- In this version, query construction UI is added, allowing to
compose and modify search queries more conveniently and without
having to manually edit raw Squish. Other major changes include
switch to Unicode UTF-8 as default encoding, great improvement
of browsers support in CSS, more code refactoring. Many minor
bugs and inconsistencies are fixed, UI is enhanced in several
- 2003-07-14: Samizdat 0.0.2 is released.
- This version implements query validation and security
limits, making execution of user-defined search queries safer.
Other changes include schema improvements (better integration of
Samizdat RDF schema with Dublin Core, separate namespace for
tags, switch from RDF/XML to more readable N3 notation),
enhanced search result display (resource rendering is separated
into a class), UI CSS clean-up, documentation updates. Access to
utility classes is reorganized and simplified.
- 2003-06-12: Samizdat 0.0.1 is released.
- This is the first version that includes basic RDF search
query construction UI. Other functionality covered by this
version includes: registering site members, publishing and
replying to messages, voting for standard tags on
- Samizdat is a generic RDF-based engine for building
collaboration and open publishing web sites. Samizdat provides
users with means to cooperate and coordinate on all kinds of
activities, including media activism, resource sharing,
education and research, advocacy, and so on. Samizdat intends to
promote values of freedom, openness, equality, and cooperation.