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The system server recently underwent a major systems update. Unfortunately backups were lost and Ethereal Realms data available to restore the system are from the end of April. Unfortunately, this means that people who are newly registered will have to re-create their accounts.
Apologies for this setback, the backup process will be reviewed. This server software update should however mean another upgrade should not be needed for at least a year.
A new version of Lyra is now available for download. This version concentrates on correcting certain noticed user-interface issues and bugs encountered during normaly usage.
In addition album art can now be globally applied to the album. Every reference database, image and document has been moved into the .jar file in order to make it more portable.
A new version of Lyra has been released. This new variant offers improved UNICODE support, a search tool bar, system tray support and makes various code fixes and feature enhancements.
Ethereal Realms 4.3.2 is now out into the wild. This release is what 4.3.1 should have been, however due to some security concerns the earlier release was made in order to allow other sites to continue.
This version includes improved OpenID support for both Consumer and Client and various other cleanups and bug fixes to make the release more friendly for hosts to implement anew.
Support for version 1.1 of the OpenID server protocol is still being worked on and if everything goes according to plan should be ready in the next few weeks.
To note Ethereal Realms 4.3.0 was a development release that never saw the light of day officially. 4.3.1 is what its unreleased cousin should have been given time and without the unexpected sea time.
The 4.3.1 release features a consistent menu structure across all scripts, OpenID consumer support as well as various fixes and cleanups when interacting with external sites.
The later feature is done as a request to certain sites which have been targeted as relays. These relays in turn were used for malicious attacks and should prevent most of the problems they have experienced. Since the site is not checking for the occurrence of these connections and preventing abuse of them, this should cause a drop in the
effectivenesses and/or use of Ethereal Realms for a proxy.
OpenID support is also the latest addition to the site. It is important to note that this will only work for new registrations and is not designed for authentication against existing users since OpenID is authoritative causing problems if the identifier bans you for example.
For more information on OpenID, please see [Link] for more information. Please note that this is also a first step, with identity provider being planned for the 4.3.2 release of the code itself.
Ethereal Realms is currently in the process of implementing OpenID authentication into the scripts. This is however being tested and as a result authentication in general may fail and the ability to use OpenID may be hindered slightly until the base process has been chosen.
Ethereal Realms version 4.2.2 has been released to the general public. This new release which offers a templated splash page, colour codes selection boxes, various fixes and the removal of the Ethereal::Table module.
Ethereal Realms 4.2.1 has been released! This new release is the first to completely template the administrative script in addition to a modified reset script which will make use of Email addresses instead of login names.
This release also includes the full donations script necessary to automate the process between PayPal donations and verification on the site.
For more details check the FAQ at Ethereal Realms.
Ethereal Realms 4.2.0 has been released. A few bug fixes, code cleanups, changes to the voting system, ability to disable Social Networking, Galleries and Homepage's along with a myriad of other tweaks.
This release should also be easier to install overall. Due to having to install from a 4.1.1 release, other changes were done to make it work better overall.
This release can be gotten from the usual sources.
Upcoming versions of Ethereal Realms will offer the ability to remove certain components of the system from being usable. These switches are located at script level which allows the administrator of multiple systems in controlling just what is available.
For more information on this feature, please check the FAQ.
Ethereal Realms suffered a complete and total system failure. This was indirect in that the provider we use to host the scripts was hacked and all information pertaining to the site was lost.
This problem in itself is rather serious. All contributor accounts have been lost along with all associated information. Graphics, historical archives, Email and anything else stored on the servers was lost as well. The site is as a result currently in the process of rebuilding.
More details will be provided as it becomes available.
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