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Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 08:11:07 -0000


WASTE v1.5 beta 4 for POSIX Systems

Mon, 26 Mar 2007 08:11:07 -0000

After a long hiatus, we're proud to present a new release of WASTE. This version, dubbed wxWASTE, is a fork of the main WASTE project designed to provide minimal cross-platform support. Developed in the wxWidgets toolkit, this version of WASTE gives many more users the opportunity to connect to a WASTE mesh.

Though wxWASTE was previously released as v1.5 beta 3, this new effort provides a much more usable client. A source-only release, v1.5 beta 4 now uses autotools to make compiling quick and simple, as well as provides some fixes for serious bugs preventing normal operation.

This release has been tested on Linux, and should work equally as well on all systems sharing a similar wxWidgets library, such as *BSD. It is untested for OS X, but may provide some functionality.

It should be noted that this release is still closer to alpha quality, but in keeping with the naming scheme of the main source it has been given the beta moniker.

As previously announced, support for Linux and OS X binaries has ended. Please compile wxWASTE from source to use these platforms.

Development plans for the versions of WASTE following v1.5 final provide for the development of full cross-platform support. This will replace the wxWASTE fork.

WASTE Linux and OS X Client Binary Support Ending

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 22:04:20 -0000

Due to the poor quality and compatibility of the Linux Client/Server binary currently offered for download, it will be removed within a month of this notice and replaced with a newer source copy. This updated source should compile easily on most *nix machines, offering users the chance to test WASTE on the Linux platform.

Packages for various distributions may be provided, however little detail is known at this time.

Starting immediately we are also dropping technical support for the OS X client. At this time the client is not feature complete and does not interface correctly with v1.5 clients and servers. As most WASTE meshes have moved to v1.5 of the protocol, the client is essentially non-functional.

All support for OS X has not been dropped however, and development continues on the OS X platform.

These adjustments should allow for more development on new versions of WASTE.

WASTE Undead

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 07:07:36 -0000

Is WASTE alive again? I'm not really sure. After 3 years on the internet, it's actually more relevant than it was way back in version 1.0b. With government wiretapping, ISP logging, and general sneaky spying, it's a great time to keep your private matters...well...private, and use WASTE.

With that, I'd say it's time to kick this dusty old project back into gear. I've got new software, new hardware, and the tools I need to get things going again. Hopefully this time there will be a community with enough passion to keep me developing. Send me the good word, some tips, or perhaps even an offer to help out the coding effort by contacting me via my SourceForge page. Let's see if we can't bang out a real release.

Status Update and Ransom Pot News

Fri, 02 Dec 2005 01:53:51 -0000

Hello everyone, I just wanted to give you all a personal status update.

To start, I'd like to thank everyone for their generous support, without caring users WASTE would still be stuck at its early versions. I appreciate all the donations received, and have nearly acquired all I need to continue work with an updated machine.

This however, I hope will not discourage donations, as the money will go to an important new cause. After taking a long look at the progress and history of the project, as well as a few other popular open-source endeavors, I've come up with a new plan on which I'd like to receive community comments. This new plan is to take money in the form of donations and put it towards different ransom pots for features you, the users, would like to suggest. As the ransom grows from donations and my personal contributions (I will attempt to grow each pot monthly from any money I may have), hopefully the urge for developers to submit patches will increase.

After years of working with developers who are pressed for time and dealing with users who only wish to submit patches on the condition of pure anonymity, I feel this may prove to be a simpler system to get things done more quickly, and I'd like to field opinions and suggestions for the pot. If you have anything you'd like to say, please email me through sourceforge, the address is

On a related note, I wish to acquire a Pentium II or Pentium III equivalent laptop, which can run at least Windows 2000 or it's Linux feature equivalent (I might add ThinkPads are awesome, ever used one?). I'd love to get one for free, but if anyone could provide one cheaply it would be much appreciated. I currently have no way of working on the project or accessing the internet when away from home (as I have been quite often recently). After receiving a few offers of hardware, I thought this might be possible. Keep in mind however, this would be used largely for personal matters, so don't feel inclined to give on behalf of the project.

Expect some website updates and new "ransom" information soon as I receive ransom pot suggestions from users.

WASTE Project Status

Sun, 25 Sep 2005 17:16:13 -0000

The WASTE Project is currently inactive for a number of reasons, unfortunately stalling the development of a great application. The reasons for this are numerous, but I'll outline the top few below:

1) Developer contribution.

I often hear of new branches of WASTE being developed, adding this feature or that feature, but in the end no one is willing to bring those to the attention of the developers or to submit a patch. Of course, this isn't always an easy task, and the blame doesn't fall on anyone's shoulders in particular. I'd like to encourage an open-door patching policy, just submit a patch or modification in whatever way is easiest for you.

2) Developer participation

I've had many developers contact me who are interested in the project, but when added officially and given a fairly open task definition, they often dissapear. Perhaps the project is cursed, as this has happened to every developer so far (including Justin Frankel himself!). With a real, dedicated team, this project could go far. Once again, if you feel you can contribute to the project, just contact me with whatever method is easiest.

3) Hardware

Unfortunately at this point even I cannot easily work on WASTE. My old machine takes forever to compile anything and has no ability to multi-task. This leaves me largely unable to work on the project myself. As you can see, I have added a donation link and Google Ads to the main pages, and will be using this money to buy a new machine. All of the cash dedicated to purchasing a new machine will be used for only the core components that will assist development (RAM, CPU, etc), so don't worry that your money will be used to purchase a 7800 GT graphics card, that is out of the question. Hopefully once I am able to purchase this new machine, development will accelerate, and perhaps by then some new developers will be inticed to join. I'll keep you posted with status updates, but at this time I need ~ $200 more in order to afford the parts needed. Anyone who has donated, or will donate, will recieve a special mention in new versions of the program, and I would like to personally thank you now for your help in advancing the WASTE Project.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at

WASTE for Linux v1.5 beta 3 Released!

Thu, 17 Mar 2005 00:14:52 -0000

Thanks to a diligent porter, WASTE has now been ported to the wxWigets library, and today we would like to announce the immediate release of this port compiled for the Linux platform!

For the first time in WASTE's history we would like to bring you a full, complete port of WASTE to the Linux and Mac OS X platforms. Although we have not reached that stage, today we offer you a beta of this client. Featuring the full features of WASTE Client/Server for Windows and full protocol compatability, this should allow many users to begin enjoying the great functionality available in WASTE.

Please go here to download this new version of WASTE:

As always, enjoy!

-The WASTE SourceForge Team

New GUI concepts

Sun, 27 Feb 2005 20:46:57 -0000

As we wrap up the v1.5 series with the final bug fixes required, we begin to take a look at v2.0. With a newly redesigned interface, many new network features, better cross platform compatability, and a new user-friendly setup, v2.0 is going to be the WASTE that users have been looking for since it started with v1.0b.

To give users a taste of what is to come, today I would like to present everyone with the first concept for one of the new GUIs for WASTE. To satisfy all users needs, WASTE v2.0 will allow you to select between multiple interface styles, including the classic, multi-windowed mode WASTE currently uses.

Today, however, the focus is on the new single-window (also supports toolbox multi-windows), no tab interface. This features one large window with all the information you need at your fingertips. While it is still no-nonsense like the current interface, it simplifies things. All the information you need is right there when you need it.


The key here, however, is that while the interface has a lot of information, it is still customizable. Sections can be dragged out into toolbox windows, creating a more customized multi-window interface. Or, if you prefer not to use some windows, they can be closed completely.

Preview of toolbox window:

Preview of new box locations:

While this is only a very early concept, it should give users a feel for the new customizability and ease of use which will be found in WASTE v2.0.

We hope you join us on the road to WASTE v2.0!
-The WASTE SourceForge Team

WASTE v1.5 beta 3 Now Available

Tue, 08 Feb 2005 20:01:14 -0000

The WASTE Project Team would like to annouce the immediate release of WASTE v1.5 beta 3! This new release features a brand new installer, a mini version for those with a low bandwidth connection (excludes documentation), and the first release of WASTE in other languages.

The German version has been temporarily removed while the installer is being translated. It is, however, still avalible from the translator. Please see to download it.

Also, please note that this new release of WASTE does NOT have the changes found in CVS. This is because this release is not intented to offer a new client, just a new installer and translations for those who want to use WASTE in their native language. If you wish to take advantage of the features found in the CVS client, please see our nightly builds site: .

Want to translate WASTE into another language? Contact us and we will help you get started. Enjoy the new release, and expect more languages to be released soon.

The latest source release can be found here:

WASTE Translations and Updates

Thu, 03 Feb 2005 22:21:42 -0000

Just to keep everyone updated, WASTE is still being worked on. Hopefully all the bugs stopping the release of v1.5 final should be gone soon. Right now we could use your help in translating WASTE. It has currently been translated into Swedish and German and v1.5 final will be released in both languages, as well as English. The German version (of 1.5 beta 2) has been released temporarily on this site as a single file. Download and install WASTE for Windows and replace the EXE with the one included in the zip file. You can visit the translator's site (and view instructions in German) here:

Nightly builds of WASTE (compiled after major code dumps into CVS) are now available on our new nightlies site at . This new server should be much stabler than the old nightly server.

We are currently looking for a developer who could work on ports to other operating systems. Anyone who is fluent in GTK (etc) for Linux, or Cocoa for Mac OS X and is interested should contact us.

The feature set for WASTE v2.0 will hopefully be released soon, but looking at our status page at should hint at the biggest change.

Another thing I want to mention is a new programming group working on a WASTE RFC-like document, as well as a possible Java client. You can check out their sourceforge project at . Their goals seem promising, hopefully WASTE can gain another client set.

Nightly Builds and Mac OS X

Thu, 14 Oct 2004 23:31:48 -0000

Nightly builds are now available at . Please note that these are manually updated, and thus sometimes are late. Also note that these are CVS builds, so stability, or even operability are not guaranteed!

Also, for those interested in the new Mac OS X version, a server binary has been uploaded to that nightly builds site. The client is currently being worked on, expect it later.