Status update - May 2024

· team pico platform update
#status #deprecate


Another month, another update. There's quite a bit of activity happening within the pico platform, so I'll try to be brief.

I want to start with deprecations since I don't want them hidden:

# Deprecation: 0-byte file deletion

When we first created we only supported scp. At the time we didn't have a great way to remove files via our CLI. So we came up with an API to upload a 0-byte file in order to delete it.

Now that we have much better ways to delete files (e.g. sftp) this feature is less useful. Further, it is hindering some new features that we are building (e.g. official support for sshfs), so we decided to kill this feature.

This change will be live May 14, 2024.

# Deprecation: CSP override for subdomains

We recently added support to override the default CSP when accessing a user's site on the domain. We noticed a lot of users hitting CSP errors when trying out and we felt it as well. However, because we are currently not on the Public Suffix List and users can host whatever content they want on we have unfortunately opened ourselves up to abuse and we do not feel comfortable with that.

So we are reverting that change and making it impossible to override our default CSP when accessing sites on the domain.

If you are running into CSP issues our official solution is to create a custom domain which does not have any security headers associated with it by default.

This change will be live May 14, 2024.

# and IRC chat

All of our realtime communication happens on IRC. We also offer a free, public instance of soju which is an IRC bouncer. IRC bouncers are a way for users to stay logged into IRC without having a client directly connected to the IRC server. The biggest benefit is being "always online" and having a persistent chat history.

Even with a modern IRC bouncer, it's still difficult to get things working properly. In order to join our IRC channel, a user needs to:

This is a lot, especially if you just want to pop in and say hi. As a result, we are constantly trying to hack ways to make this process easier for new users.

Well last week Antonio and I hacked together a solution that eliminates some of these steps.

As of today, we are happy to announce a public instance of senpai (a terminal IRC client) for all pico users to use. New steps to getting started:

We plan on continuing to improve this flow but hopefully users will find it easier to chat with us on!

# Experimenting with git collaboration

If you want to self-host a git server with the ability to have external contributors, you have two choices:

For a self-hosted code forge, both solutions miss the mark. The former requires external contributors to properly configure git to send email as well as properly setting up their email client to handle code reviews and follow-up code changes.

The latter requires a bunch of infrastructure to host and maintain and further requires external contributors to create an account before submitting a change.

Both solutions add way too much friction for external collaborators.

So, we spent some time experimenting with ideas and think we have something that could alleviate this friction.

The goal with this new project is not to be yet-another-code-forge, rather the simplest way to host your own code forge as well as the simplest way for external collaborators to contribute to your git projects.

This project is under active development and we will continue to share our development with you all.

# End

That's it for now, thanks for reading!

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