Full Release History
There are two currently maintained releases of Backtalk:
Bubblegum Kid-Friendly Interface
The bubblegum interface is a simplified interface, originally designed for
use by school children, but also useful for other applications.
Latest release: bubblegum-1.2.4
Gumball/Gumdrop Single-Conference/Single-Item Interfaces
The gumball interface presents a single conferences without links to other
conferences. The gumdrop interface presents a single item without links to
other items. With these tools, a single item in a conference can be used
as a blog or guest book, without having it obviously be part of a larger
system (though, of course, the same conference or item could also be viewed
through the standard interfaces). These interfaces are actually wrappers
around the bubblegum interface, so bubblegum must be installed for them to
Papaya Yapp-like Interface
The papaya interface provides a look and feel similar to that of web Yapp
(specifically web Yapp as installed on M-Net before they converted to
Backtalk). It's mainly interesting to long time web Yapp users.
Vanilla Text-oriented Interface
Vanilla was the original interface Steve Weiss implemented for Backtalk.
It is included in the basic Backtalk distribution until version 1.3.0, when
it was broken out as a separately distributed package.
It is heavily text-oriented, being designed to work will with text browsers
like lynx. It's feature set is somewhat
impoverished, and not much is being done with it except to keep it working
as Backtalk evolves.
Latest Release: vanilla-1.3.5
Wasabi Web Magazine Interface
Wasabi was developed for my personal weblog,
except it isn't exactly a web log. It presents a backtalk conference as
a collection of articles, which may be updated from time to time by the
author of the article. Readers may make comments and veiw comments from
other users, but these are de-emphasized by the interface design.
This interface is still immature, and not as easily configurable for other
sites as I would like.
Cinnamon Syndication Interface
Cinnamon is an interface that provides RSS (version 0.91, 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0)
or Atom (version 1.0) feeds from a Backtalk site.
Booktalk Admin Tools and Installation Documents
This is not a user interface, merely a set of very specialized admin tools
built for the Canton Public Library's PULSE system. It is only interesting
if you are planning to build an extremely similar site.
Fronttalk Command Line Interface
The Fronttalk distribution contains both the server scripts and the
client Perl program. The 'gate' text gatherer is recommended for use
with the client program.
Gate Text Gatherer (used with Fronttalk):
E-Mail Jan Wolter
Thu Sep 29 18:06:35 EDT 2005