Zulip Server 2.0

Collaborative chat program Zulip Server has received a new major version release with version 2.0 now been available to download. The Apache-licensed software is similar to Slack and aimed at organisations with hundreds of users. With the release comes some new features such as:

  • Automated synchronisation of user avatars, enabled/disabled status and custom profile fields from LDAP and Active Directory.
  • Support for setting user as away.
  • Additional video support with Zoom now available as a provider.
  • Custom branding now able to be shown in the application window.
  • Inclusion of a built-in tool for backups.

Ubuntu Trusty support has now been discontinued with this release with the 2.1.0 release due to remove support for installing on that version.

The guest users feature is now also no longer considered experimental.

Irssi 1.2.0

Terminal-based IRC client Irssi has made it to version 1.2.0. The release includes a year of changes and security updates since the previous 1.1.2 release. Some of the key changes and new features with this version are:

  • New syntax with the /statusbar command.
  • Character width can now be configured.
  • “Off-the-record” module is now included.
  • Horizontal splits have been included.
  • Support for formatting on the input line.

Mastodon 2.7.0

Mastodon, the self-hosted social media software has reached version 2.7.0. Alongside numerous bug fixes since the last release in October 2018, the software includes new features which improve the discoverability of content.

Another key improvement is the change to the moderation warning system which alerts users that their account has been suspended or disabled. Administrators can also notify users and choose actions to take against them.

For system administrators, the tool to manage Mastodon servers has also received some new commands including the ability to identify servers and receive statistic information.