Diaspora

Diaspora is an alternatif social network like facebook or google+. it is a free personal web serve that implements a distributed social networking service. Installations of the software form nodes (termed « pods ») which make up the distributed Diaspora social network.

Diaspora is intended to address privacy concerns related to centralized social networks by allowing users set up their own server (or « pod ») to host content; pods can then interact to share status updates, photographs, and other social data. It allows its users to host their data with a traditional web host, a cloud-based host, an ISP, or a friend. The framework, which is being built on Ruby on Rails, is free software and can be experimented with by external developers.

You can create freely an account and share content.

Afterwards, however, Salzberg and his team struggled to actually build the service. By the time they released a beta version in late 2011, Google had already come out with Google+, stealing much of Diaspora’s thunder. Over the summer, the founders decided to hand over control of Diaspora to the community and started working on a photo remixing tool called Makr.io.

Friendica 3.5 « Asparagus » released

After one and a half year of developing the « Lily of the Valley » (these are some 2100 commits by 26 people) it is time to welcome the « Asparagus », which brings many exciting new things, small improvements and many fixes along the way. Big Thanks to everyone who was involved in the process.

What is new in Friendica 3.5?

For the users most visible are the new theme Frio (which is currently marked as experimental) and enhancements to the vier theme. Both are mobile friendly so you don’t need to select a special theme when you are using one of them. Another visible aspect are the events. You can now signal your attendance to an event. Also sharing events was improved. Profiles now contain an overview of the public events and, if you like, links to export these events as ical or csv file.

Behind the curtain large parts of the code have been rewritten to improve the performance of Friendica and the federation with other projects using the OStatus or Diaspora protocols. The background processes can now be better controled by the node admin(s) by managing the workers. For a better overview in the code, you can now use doxygen.

With this release we also dropped the support for old versions of PHP and MySQL. The requirements are now PHP 5.4+ and MySQL 5.5.3+. or an equivalant alternative for MySQL (MariaDB, Percona Server etc.).

For a more complete list of changes, please have a look into the CHANGELOG or watch thegource visualization.

How to update?

If you have an installation using git, all you have to do is a git pull in the friendica and the addons directory. That will fetch the new version from the master branch and you are ready to go. Alternatively you can find a zip file of the released version of friendica at github.com fordownload. Just unzip it on your local machine and replace the files on your server with the new files.

Changes to the database will be applied automatically in the background. Especially on larger nodes the changes to the database structure might take some time in which your server will be in the service mode (maybe several hours). Additionally there are several changes to the data that are done in the background. These changes will cause a higher system load for some time (perhaps several days or weeks) but should not affect it too much since they are done sequentially to spare ressurces. Until the data update is finished some functionality will not work completely. For example the search for user posts will not return all data.

If you want to use the bleeding edge code and thus helping the project to discover problems, you should use the git method. Then checkout the develop branch of the source tree and let us know if you encounter something odd.

Update (Sept 17th): Some users reported unexpected high system load and hight numbers of PHP processes after the update to Friendica 3.5. This did not manifest in the tests before. To avoid these, please deactivated the cron job before making the update. Make the update as described above and then go to the admin panel. There is a new section « Worker« , which is a new mechanism to handle the background process. Please activate it and also activate thefastlane. Afterwards reactivate the cron job again.

How to contribute?

If you want to contribute to the project you do not need to have coding experience. There are a number of tasks listed in the issue traker with the label « Junior Jobs » we think are good for new contributors. But you are by no means limited to these—if you find a solution to a problem (even a new one) please make a pull request at github or let us know in the developmentforum.

Contribution to Friendica is also not limited to coding. Any contribution to the documentation, the translation or advertisement materials is welcome or reporting a problem. You don’t need to deal with git(hub) or Transifex if you don’t like to. Just get in touch with us and we will get the materials to the appropriate places.

Source 

Friendica and Red

I get asked this a lot - "What is the difference between Friendica and Red?" Is Friendica "going away"?

Not at all. Red is providing us an opportunity to develop some novel concepts in decentralised communications which haven't been tried before.

Ultimately Red is being created for a different audience than those who might gravitate towards Friendica. Friendica is a great personal communications service - and the fact that we can federate with many other services makes this a highly desirable platform.

Red embodies an entirely new architecture, but it is primarily being built for service providers who wish to scale to much higher levels and perhaps create a self-sufficient business out of social communications. Serivce federation isn't as important since this reduces scalability.

Many of the new concepts in Red will be backported to Friendica - in fact several of them already have.

 

If you go to McDonalds you may find that they offer more than one type of sandwich and you can choose which is best for you. That is precisely why we have a choice between Friendica and Red. You can choose which is best for you. When Red is fully functional a few months from now, many people will stick with Friendica. We applaud and support that decision. Red is not nearly as capable in terms of service federation, but it has some very unique capabilities which will appeal to some people. Ultimately both platforms will be able to interact.

So don't think of Red like it's a new kind of cheeseburger to destroy all other cheeseburgers. Think of it as whether or not you want mayonnaise and/or pickles on your cheeseburger, or if you wish to stick with garlic sauce and Jack cheese.  Ultimately it's your decision. Both taste good - but you might prefer one over the other.   

 

 

Friendica 3.1 release

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Friendica 3.1


Changes from ~friendica 3.01 to 3.1
============================

Big ones
--------
  • pokes
  • threaded coversations
  • you don't have to use a LAMP server, you can also use Windows
  • documentation improvements (and translation into DE)
  • move accounts
  • Hide many advanced features by default to simplify adoption, all can be enabled or turned on by those who require them
 
Small fixes
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  • notification issues with wall-to-wall messages
  • wallmessages
  • better language detection
  • Diaspora -
  • make likes and comments work
  • image links
  • does not support threaded comments :-/
  • they changed the public key format, so we need to fix
  • profile updates (user avatar)
  • SQL improvements (speed)
  • API improvements -
  • now returns Error 404 if function is not implemented
  • mark items seen when seen via tha API
  • CSRF hole in API
  • photos -
  • use gd as a backup for imagick
  • image caching
  • rotations
  • better exif handling
  • minification of JavaScript footprints in page loading
  • bbcode (new elements: style, class, crypt)
  • better oembedding from audio
  • moods
  • better handling of funny looking links (underscores etc)
  • deletion of accounts
  • hiding posts from archived contacts
  • writeability for OStatus contacts
  • tool po2php needed some love
 
Theme stuff
-----------
  • dispy
  • quattro
  • frost
  • frost-mobile
  • fixes for mobile devices for all themes
  • DarkZero / NS
  • vier
  • smoothy
  • diabook
 
UI Improvements
---------------
  • sparkle & shiny
  • fixes fpr the editor
  • admins & user can select mobile themes
  • new user get a contact group "friends" and all new contacts can be placed into a default group, admins can make it the default that new users post to the friends group as default setting
  • admins cant block or delete themselves anymore
  • live updates
  • handling of the homepage when a home.html exists
 
Languages
---------
  • many updates for existing languages, CS, DE, FR, ES, IT most notable
  • new languages from Transifex imported into git (after they passed the 50% mark)
  • PL thanks to Adam Jurkiewicz
  • IS thanks to axelt
  • ZH-CN thanks to matthew_exon
  • nb_NO thanks to Haakon Meland Eriksen
 
Addon stuff
-----------
various fixes and improvements to
 
  • Calendar
  • facebook connector
  • facebook support officially stopped as they don't like having others making a better experience
  • fbpost
  • libravatar
  • alternate pagination
  • libertree
  • privacy image cache
  • OpenStreetMap
  • remote permission
  • page deprecated go with forumlist instead!
  • forumlist
  • forumdirectory
  • from app
  • jappix mini
  • impressum
  • piwik
  • statusnet & twitter connectors
  • fortunate
 

Mastodon 2.4

Eugen the creator of Mastodon published an article about Mastodon 2.4

Delete and redraft

Possibility to delete and redraft a post. : If we want to correct something, edit is not possible but you can delele and republish the post.

Hide network

Mastodon now has an option to hide who you follow and who follows you from your profile.

Language filtering

We’ve added the ability for people to select a default language for their toots to override automatic detection (therefore reducing false positives) and we turned the opt-out system around into an opt-in one.

 

Friend finding

The biggest challenge of any social network is, unsurprisingly, the “network effect”. It becomes more useful the more people that you care about are on it. Another one is surfacing interesting content, which is tangentially related, but a topic for another article/release.

You can now create personalized invite links. Send the invite link to your old friends and followers, and they will be able to sign up on the same server as you and automatically follow you straight away.

 

To get started with Mastodon, you can sign up for free here or here, or dive into the deep end of choice by browsing the list of servers here. Or, use the bridge tool to find where your Twitter friends are and sign up there.

 

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WordPress-activitypub

WordPress Activityüub is supposed to connect WordPress and ActivityPub

 

https://github.com/pfefferle/wordpress-activitypub

From GNU social to Mastodon : History of the fediverse

I think they were also hamstrung by a faith in free software ideology to draw people in. The truth is that software needs to be pretty polished to get a look in either way.

Tom Karpiniec wrote an interesting article about the fedivevse. Today Mastodon has a wave of adoption due to the change of rules at Twitter. Before Mastodon was Gnusocial who try to open the way. But the users was mainly libristes and geeks.

 

That article talk about Quit.im the fist try of Instagram alternative, of Hubzilla and Friendica and all other projects.

New users have been coming to the fediverse in waves. There’s always been a background level of organic growth but most of the action happens when Twitter does something stupid. Twitter does stupid things on a fairly regular schedule so this constitutes the bulk of the growth. People search for Twitter alternatives and sign up. Many of them get bored and leave again. Some stay, and the process continues

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What is ActivityPub by Arthur

You can follow Arthur with art@peertube.mastodon.host (peertube account) and art@mastodon.sdf.org (Mastodon)

How to install Mastodon on Debian server with Yunohost

When you search how to Install Mastodon, it is complicated. If you are like me you can be discouraged. This job is really for a sysadmin.

This is an easy way to install Mastodon.

Prerequis

Having a server with the latest Debian 9.5 actuel uptodate with a SSH acces. You can have a cheap VPS for that it works well.

 

On this example imagine you have a domain with the name domain.com. You will create 2 subdomains. yuno.domain.com and mastodon.domain.com

Installation of Yunohost

Just run one command.

bash <(wget -q -O- https://install.yunohost.org/)

Once it is done, you have Yunohost. At the end you have to choose where you want to install it. You can choose yuno.domain.com  Go to this site. You will see something like this

Prrparation

  • Create a user :  This part is quite esay no needs more explaination
  • Click Domains  and add –> I have a domain. –> add yuno.domain.com and mastodon.domain.com

Then return to the domain and edit.

configuration DNS

Change the dns according to the model.

; 1.2.3.4 is your IP address just replace it with the ip of your server
@ 3600 IN A 1.2.3.4
* 3600 IN A 1.2.3.4

; XMPP
_xmpp-client._tcp 3600 IN SRV 0 5 5222 domaine.com.
_xmpp-server._tcp 3600 IN SRV 0 5 5269 domaine.com.
muc 3600 IN CNAME @
pubsub 3600 IN CNAME @
vjud 3600 IN CNAME @

; Mail
@ 3600 IN MX 10 domaine.com.
@ 3600 IN TXT "v=spf1 a mx ip4:1.2.3.4 -all

Go to the DNS of your domaine and change it.

Attention a DNS change can need time. be patient.

Go to a command line to your server and run this command for you domain and subdomains

sudo yunohost domain yourdomain.tld cert-install --no-checks

Installation

Now the hardes part is done. Simply run this command

sudo yunohost app install mastodon

If it does not work you still can run this command

sudo yunohost app install https://github.com/YunoHost-Apps/mastodon_ynh.git

After replying to questions at the end you have your mastodon at

https://mastodon.domain.com

 

https://yunohost.org

Cloutstream

One more ActivityPub project. Create a professional network to replace Linkedin. CloutStream

Take care it is not CloudStream but Cloutstream. I don’t know what the name means. It is php based on laravel and let’s follow that project…

What CloutStream Aims To Do

CloutStream is a web platform similar to LinkedIn and other professional networking sites without the user data and privacy violations. The goal is to focus on people coming together who are passionate and engaged in their lines of work to create connections to new colleagues.

The technology behind CloutStream is part of a growing movement of web platforms that are offering everyone a way to start migrating away from walled-gardens such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram who are in the business of selling your data as a product.

How Does This Work?

CloutStream is open to the public to download and install on a web server. The owner of a CloutStream instance chooses what the focus of this instance should be (programming, photography, etc), they set the rules of conduct, and they open it up to public registration.

Every time someone creates a new instance of CloutStream, all other working instances begin communicating with each other and sharing posts from members all over the world!

If you want to follow the project @cloudstream

 

It was an excellent project but the founder resign

Pixelfed

Pixelfed want to be an alternative of Instagram. It will be federated with ActivityPub like Mastodon, Pleroma or many other plateform. Untill now you didn’t have any similar app as Instagram.

 

The only tools that could be similare was quit.im based on Gnusocial

It was a good start but Gnusocial seems to be slow developped and they didn’t have implemented ActivityPub yet.

 

Pixelfed was on early developpement today (end of July 2018) but we can start using it with few instances already available.

What is interesting is that the creator Daniel wanted to polish the look and feel. Contrary to other libre project that code the core first and then try to make a good design at the end, here you have a polished application. Many option are not open yet. You still can publish pictures, you have filters, you can comment and follow and been followed.

The federation is not open yet. That means that you cannot follow people from other instance.

If you are curious and want to create an account, you can find instance at the federation

 

Hubzilla 3.6 Released!

Mario wrote a notice to inform us that Hubzilla 3.6 is out.

The most notable change in the Hubzilla 3.6 release is probably the refactoring of the various activity filter/order options. Basically we got rid of the network tabs and replaced the functionality with two new widgets in left aside – activity_order and activity_filter. The order widget takes care of the various order possibilities – by commented date  (default), by posted date, by date unthreaded. The selected order is saved in the config and thus persistent.
The new filter widget displays all enabled filter options (privacy groups, personal posts, starred posts, forums etc.) in one widget. A new filter by contactname feature has been added and the notifications for unseen forum posts are now displayed in the notification widget. The privacy group management has been moved to the the panel chanel menu (your profile photo in the panel) and the management tool has been refactored.
The tags/mentions have been refactored and you will notice that the appearence of autofilled @mentions in the post editor look better readable now @{somechannel@somehub.org} instead of @channelname+365 before the change.
The cart addon has received major updates and has now support for paypal payments with automated fulfillment options (add buyer as contact, add buyer to privacy group and for admins only – change service class). A new gallery addon has been introduced to provide visitors of your channel a possibility to comfortably browse through your photo albums.

Other notable changes:

 

  • Webpage menus are now editable by visitors with webpage write permissions
  • Improve new channel creation workflow
  • Implement reset button for the post editor
  • Provide a general purpose GDPR document
  • Implement messagefilter for pubstream and sourced messages
  • Add supported federation protocols to siteinfo
  • Implement admin delete of files, photos and posts

Hubzilla is a powerful platform for creating interconnected websites featuring a decentralized identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology.

If you want to know more about hubzilla read the article of Sean The Do Everything System A in depth review of Hubzilla

 

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Mastodon 2.4

Eugen the creator of Mastodon published an article about Mastodon 2.4

Delete and redraft

Possibility to delete and redraft a post. : If we want to correct something, edit is not possible but you can delele and republish the post.

Hide network

Mastodon now has an option to hide who you follow and who follows you from your profile.

Language filtering

We’ve added the ability for people to select a default language for their toots to override automatic detection (therefore reducing false positives) and we turned the opt-out system around into an opt-in one.

 

Friend finding

The biggest challenge of any social network is, unsurprisingly, the “network effect”. It becomes more useful the more people that you care about are on it. Another one is surfacing interesting content, which is tangentially related, but a topic for another article/release.

You can now create personalized invite links. Send the invite link to your old friends and followers, and they will be able to sign up on the same server as you and automatically follow you straight away.

 

To get started with Mastodon, you can sign up for free here or here, or dive into the deep end of choice by browsing the list of servers here. Or, use the bridge tool to find where your Twitter friends are and sign up there.

 

Read more

 

Hubzilla is moving to framagit

You all probably already noticed that GitHub was recently bought by Microsoft. See here https://blog.github.com/2018-06-04-github-microsoft if you have not.

After a brief orientation period the Hubzilla community decided to move the sourcecode to an independent, freedom-loving GitLab instance at Framasofts https://framagit.org/

To get the latest and greatest Hubzilla code, you need to point your installation to the new sourcecode location. This is pretty simple:

cd into your Hubzilla root directory and execute this command:
git remote set-url origin https://framagit.org/hubzilla/core.git

For the addons: cd into your Hubzilla addons directory (probably extend/addon/hzaddons) and execute this command:
git remote set-url origin https://framagit.org/hubzilla/addons.git

Please do the same for the widget https://framagit.org/hubzilla/widgets.git and theme https://framagit.org/hubzilla/themes.git repos if you already added those from GitHub.

The GitHub repos will not receive any updates anymore but will stay intact for a short transition period.
Issues and bugreports should be reported and discussed at https://framagit.org/hubzilla/core/issues for core and https://framagit.org/hubzilla/addons/issues for addon issues.

Friendica 2018.05 released

Friendica is one of the oldest federated social network. If you open an account on friendica you can communicate with all federated social network who use ActivityPub, Ostatus and Diaspora protocol.

In may the community informe us of a new version 2018.05

They works hard for compatibility issue of php and on GDPR. Here is a short list of main changes

– Translation work : Friendica now has 20 languages 11 have more then 80% of the core plattform translated (DE, EN, EN-GB, EN-US, ES, FI, FR, IT, PL, RU, ZH-CN).
– New module for Terms of Services for your node that can be activated from the admin panel.
– Many utility scripts are now bundled in a console that can be found in the bin directory.
– Security : When entering a new password, the choosen one will be checked locally against a database of exposed passwords.
– As libravatar is closing their service a new alternative to the gravatar service based on David Revoy’s cat-avatar-generator: the catavatar.
– The long deprecated themes frost( and frost-mobile have been removed.

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