Updated Versions Of OSE Firewall Are Out – Thanks to Many Users.

Glad to see the folks as OSE are not holding a grudge. I have been pretty critical of this recent batch of updates to the OSE Firewall plugin.

It does however highlight several key factors I love about WordPress and the overall programming culture.

That of community. After posting several issues regarding ose firewall on both my blog and on the WordPress.org Support sections for OSE, they have made considerable changes to the software.

Here is a list of the recent changelog since the initial 2.0 release (2.0.2 is the release I first updated to from 1.6.4 legacy version)

2.2.0

  • Enhancement: Added menu bar into the control panel for easy navigation
  • Enhancement: Improved firewall statistic library to reduce PHP warning errors
  • Enhancement: Improved virus scanner library to reduce PHP warning errors
  • Enhancement: Improved oseAjax class to support Joomla CMS
  • Enhancement: Improved oseDatabase class to support Joomla CMS
  • Enhancement: Improved oseEmail class to support Joomla CMS
  • Enhancement: Improved oseInstaller class to support Joomla CMS
  • Enhancement: Improved oseRequest class to support Joomla CMS

2.1.4

  • Enhancement: Improved Germany Language Translation. Credits to Alexander Pfabel
  • Enhancement: Added the debug mode option in the configuration panel to turn off error displaying function in the frontend. Credits to Wombat

2.1.3

  • Enhancement: Added the function to check if the curl_exec is enabled for a hosting account, if so, the Stop Forum Spam function will be disabled.
  • Enhancement: Improve the backend css file to adjust the font-size to match default wordpress font-size. Credits to Alexander Pfabel
  • Enhancement: Improve the badge seal layout and background images

2.1.2

  • Enhancement: Added Germany Support – credits to: German translation by Alexander Pfabel (http://alexander.pfabel.de)
  • Fixed no data issue in Admin Email Mapping config page, Credits to shadowood, anditpixie
  • Enhancement: make the Admin Email Mapping Editing window closable

2.1.1

  • Add back i18n multiple language solution library, some environment requires this. Credits to joedeagnon

2.1.0

  • Significantly reduce package size
  • Fixed Class ‘CHtmlPurifier’ not found error during database creation section. Credits tomikeotgaar
  • Fixed wrong warning message shown in Variables management. Credits to shadowood, and kamill
  • Fixed Virus Scanner Panel: no progression bar during scan. Credits to shadowood
  • Fixed Virus Scanner Panel: no progression bar during scan. Credits to shadowood
  • Fixed incorrect format for option ‘File Extensions’ in the virus scan config page. Credits toshadowood
  • Fixed incorrect sizing for scan file size box. Credits to shadowood
  • Enhancement: remove GeoIP database tables requirements, significantly reducing Database size. . Credits to shadowood

I would like to thank OSE for publicly acknowledging all of those users, including myself, who are working hard to help them improve their product. I will revisit this plugin in the next few weeks to re-evaluate the performance issues as well as any other bugs or problems I encounter.

All programs have bugs. It is nice to see the community support for WordPress plugin developers (of which I am one too), and it is refreshing to know just how many people out there are just willing to help out.

Many companies forget about community support when it comes to programs and software development. This is a great resource for fresh and new creative thinking from people who love programming and who generally are not being paid to work on the development. This means they do it for fun and to me that gives them a distinctive viewpoint that could be more widely appreciated.

Thanks to all of you out there that help support your programming and development communities.

– Derek

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