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.

 

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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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French goverment will use Matrix Riot to replace Whatsapp

According to a recent report, the French government is currently developing an end-to-end encrypted alternative to WhatsApp and Telegram that its officials could use without worrying about foreign spying.

A Matrix/Riot-Based Chat Application

Although the French government’s spokesperson said that the government’s app will be based on open source software found freely available on the internet, she declined to name it. However, Matrix developers have confirmed that the app in question will be based on the federated chat Matrix protocol (a more modern XMPP/Jabber competitor) and, more specifically, on the Riot client, which uses this protocol.

Riot also comes with built-in support for the double ratchet end-to-end encryption algorithm, also used by Signal. Riot uses a variant of the double ratchet algorithm called Olm for strong end-to-end encryption for private conversations between two individuals, and Megolm, a variant for end-to-end encrypted group chats.

Megolm has variable privacy options in its library that developers will have to tweak before deploying. The reason for this is that some developers may prefer additional user convenience over maximum security.

Taking Control Of Own Data

The recent Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal seems to have reminded the French government and others, too, that you don’t have much control over your data if it’s being stored and processed by someone else. The French government will be able to fully control the Riot-based application by using open source code with its own modifications, if needed, and then run it on its own servers.

The French government’s spokesperson said that eventually this app may be available to everyone. However, French citizens will need to consider the fact that the app could also make enable their own government to spy on them more easily.

If the app’s source code remains public and transparent, and end-to-end encryption is enabled by default, it may not be a significant concern. It may still be preferable for citizens to use some other secure application developed by a non-profit group, whether that group is French or foreign.

 

What is Matrix

Matrix is an open standard for interoperable, decentralised, real-time communication over IP. It can be used to power Instant Messaging, VoIP/WebRTC signalling, Internet of Things communication – or anywhere you need a standard HTTP API for publishing and subscribing to data whilst tracking the conversation history.

 

Know more about Matrix

An introduction to the protocol that powers Hubzilla

The world is full of protocols. Some are loosely defined by society, and some are rigidly defined by their architects. In many urban environments, for example, there is a protocol for how you ride an escalator: if you choose to stand, you stand on the right side so that those who choose to step can get past on the left. If you ignore this protocol, you may get some annoyed looks but you will still get where you are going. More rigid protocols, such as the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) that governs most communication on the web, can be much stricter and more elaborate. If your browser puts one semicolon in the wrong place you can forget about seeing those cute cat videos.

 

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Riot.im

Riot is a place to chat. But it brings much more than just a chat room. You can chat with one to one or add people or  join chat room or create chat room.

All is federated and you have a name like user:server.com So you can add people from other servers. The first server is matrix.org.

Additionaly you can share files, images and make audio or video calls. And you can add widget like etherpads for example

This alternative can easily be used like watsapp or such centralised app. You have to know that watsapp belong to facebook and all is heard by NSA or other surveillance services.

If you are not convinced, all is very secure decentralised and encrypted end-to-end. And of course this is opensource. Try it on riot.im/app/

 

You can use application on your smart phone too of course.

If you want to try go to riot.im

 Interview of Jason Robinson of Socialhome

Sean Tilley wrote an interwiew of Jason Robinson about Socialhome.

Read the article on medium.com

He created the project the-federation.info  that makes statistics with Diaspora, Friendica, Hubzilla and Socialhome and others social networks. The idea was to offer a few words about each project and provide links to their project pages, in addition to showing some numbers.

 

From the start the idea was to create a library that abstracts multiple protocols under a common API. Not quite there yet, but now that ActivityPub is mature, the plan is to add support for that within the early months of 2018. The library will never be a one-to-one mapping to Diaspora or ActivityPub, but rather an opinionated API for both.

With Socialhome I’ve tried to take the best features of all the platforms I’ve used and merge them together into my own dream platform. It has a (up to) 4 column grid layout like Pinterest, which supports visually rich content and reading through lots of content fast. It supports lengthy Markdown (and HTML/JS/CSS for trusted users) formatted blog post like content, but also works totally fine for micro-blogging. One of the key features that will be added will be highly customizable streams like for example Tweetdeck has for Twitter. I also want to enhance the blogging features for things like anonymous comments, allow full text searching and other neat tools not available in many existing platforms.

Thanks for joining us today, Jason! Could you take a moment to describe yourself, and what it is you do?

 

You started out in the space as a contributor to the Diaspora project. What kind of contributions did you make?

 

 

You run the-federation.info — could you tell us a little bit about that project and how it got started?

 

 

How did the social relay solution come about for Diaspora? What problem does it solve?

 

 

You’ve been working on a federation library in Python for almost two years now. Why Python?

 

 

What inspired you to start Socialhome? How is it different from Diaspora?

 

 

What kind of things are on your development roadmap?

 

 

What is the most challenging thing that you have worked on so far?

 

Do you have any advice for people in this space that might want to start their own project?

Don’t be afraid to start. Your project doesn’t have to be successful, or even something you end up using yourself. Start hacking, work on things you want and always ensure to have fun. Don’t listen to other people telling you what is good and how you should do something. Experimenting is key to learning.

 

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