radiance-online upgrade

Hi folks,

after spending the weekend at my office and getting a new Linux software and configuration, radiance-online.org is back in the rack and on-line.

If you feel no differences - good. The reason for this major reconfiguration beneath the visible skin was to cast new foundations that will allow features to be implemented in the future.

However, there a some subtle changes in the mail processing system, which might be worth mentioning:

   1. our new mail transport system (MTA, mail transport agent, Exim4)
      is more aware of MIME attachments in emails. Mails not conforming
      to the MIME specs or containing file attachments ending with "bat
      com exe pif prf scr vbs doc" will be rejected. Obviously, this
      tries not to relay emails originating from a subscribed, but
      infected email address. It is not intended to be 100% foolproof
      (or 100% MS-proof which is the same regarding their email
      handling), so everyone is still urged to watch out for viruses on
      her/his machine and protect it in general.
      The usual disclaimer still applies: I can't take any
      responsibility for malicious things posted on the list. The
      measures just ensure a reasonable step beyond what we had before.
   2. The mailing list and archive system (Mailman) now handles MIME
      attachments. They used to clobber the archived mail, now they are
      moved cleanly to separate files.
   3. Presumably all per-user-settings have been brought forward from
      mailman 2.0.11 to the new version 2.1.4 .

In case of questions or problems, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks to the developers of the public domain software Mailman, Apache, Exim and the maintainers of the Linux Debian distribution,

Peter Apian-Bennewitz


pab-opto, Freiburg, Germany, http://www.pab-opto.de
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