Convos just got more modern
It's been about a year since the v6.00 release and since we decided to bump the Perl version, and break some internal APIs, I thought it was a good opportunity to bump the major version to v.7.00.
Why bump the Perl version?
We decided to bump Perl to 5.20, so we could get some modern features such as async/await. I can't wait to bump it to 5.26 though, so we can use async/await together with signatures, but that won't happen until the LTS versions of the most popular Linux distributions ship with that version of Perl: It is nice to have new tools to use, but the most important is keep Convos easy to install for the end user.
Authenticate using a HTTP header
Without the change to async/await in the backend, it would be very hard to add support for "Proxy authentication by http header value", but with the new syntax it was quite pleasent!
This new plugin allow for a single point for user management and authentication, with the help of a reverse proxy auth hook.
Brought back paste plugin
After a request from a Convos user, I reviewed the "multiline message to paste" logic and found it incredible difficult to override. Based on this discovery, I decided to break the existing Perl API and make revive the Paste plugin. The documentation also includes an alternative implementation.
Highlights since 6.00
The Changelog has all the changes, but here is a small digest of which changes I consider the most important:
- Add Dracula and GNOME color themes
- Add arm64 docker image
- Add better feedback in case TLS settings are incorrect
- Add connection profiles
- Add handler for
- Add handling of AWAY
- Add management of paste and uploaded files
- Add notification sound
- Add support for Github Webhooks, through the bot system
- Add support for logging to syslog
- Add support for raw messages
- Add support for rendering IRC colors and formatting
- Changed from freenode to Libera
- Changed password handling for improved security and privacy
- Fix SASL EXTERNAL authentication
- Fix several vulnerabilities reported on Huntr
- Improved handling of notification
I would like to thank the following people for contributing to Convos the last year: Eugene de Beste, Jess Robinson, Joel Berger, Marcus Ramberg, PeGaSuS, SerHack, Stig Palmquist and compeak.
And also a big thank you to all the supporters in the #Convos channel on Libera.
Hoping to make Convos even better with you all in the future!