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
-----------
  • 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
 

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
-----------
  • 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
 

how to update friendica with ssh

here is a new version on how to update your friendica
we assume you have acces with ssh to your serveur

With filezila rename your directory where you have your friendica to friendiold
make a new directory name it friendi but you can choose the name you want
run the commands bellow you can copy past it

cd friendi
git clone https://github.com/friendica/friendica .
git clone https://github.com/friendica/friendica-addons.git addon

copy the old .htconfig.php from the old directory to the new one. It is done

Hubzilla 1.12 officially released!

Here is a list of the most important changes:

Core:

  • Extensible permissions so you can create a new permission rule such as « can write to my wiki » or « can see me naked ».
  • Guest access tokens can do anything you let them, including create posts and administer your channel
  • ACLs can be set on files and directories prior to creation.
  • ACL tool can now be used in multiple forms within a page
  • a myriad of new drag/drop features (drop files or photos into /cloud or a post, or drop link into a post or comment, etc.)
  • multiple file uploads
  • improvements to website import
  • UNO replaced with extensible server roles
  • select bbcode elements (such as baseurl) supported in wiki pages
  • bootstrap upgrade to version 3.3.7 (jquery 3 compatibility)

Addons:

  • Diaspora Protocol: additional updates to maintain compatibility with 0.6.0.0 and stop showing likes as wall-to-wall comments (except when the liker does not have any Diaspora protocol ability)
  • Cdav: continued improvements to the web UI
  • Pong: the classic pong game
  • Dfedfix: removed, no longer needed
  • Openid: moved from core to addon

Bugfixes:

  • fix unable to delete privacy groups
  • weird display interaction with code blocks and escaped base64 content containing 8 – O
  • workaround WordPress oembeds which are almost completely javascript and therefore filtered
  • restrict oembed cache url to 254 chars to avoid spurious failures caching google map urls
  • « Page not found » appeared twice
  • fix birthdays not being automatically added to event calendar
  • some iCal entries had malformed descriptions

More information on Hubzilla.org

Nextcloud add social networking as app

Nextcloud is not only a file sharing application. It is also an office application like Google Docs or Office 365.

But Nextcloud have also a social application that gives to each Nextcloud user a microblog that is compatible to Mastodon and the Fediverse. Each user have an ActivityPub user.

Use the search to find an account and follow it. You can have almost the same features than Mastodon.

Social is still young but Nextcloud community is working to improve it.

You need to use Nextcloud 19 then upgrade it if you want to try.

Now we can add Nextcloud to the long list of Fediverse application.

Fediverse in 2019

In 2019 the number of fediversed registered accounts increased from 2.500.000 users to roughly 4.300.000 – about 🎉 1.800.000 newcome

Five networks growing most rapidly in online server numbers in 2019 were:

  • Pleroma +182
  • Mastodon +159
  • Writefreely +147
  • Pixelfed +73
  • Peertube +63

We can be optimistic but if you look carefully at the number of active users (6 month) according to the-federation.info this number is not really growing.

One weekness of the fediverse is its virality. Only motivated and sensibilised people are using it. In the 2000 years when the first social networks starts, they had huge growing because invitation system was really performant. In one click you was able to invite all your friends.

The question is how many accounts is the mass effect? 10 millions? 100 millions ? Do you think that in the future the fedivers will be used like email with a huge part of the population?

Read more

PeerTube 1.4 is out!

Peertube 1.4 just came out! Here’s a quick overview of what’s new…

Plug-in system

Since PeerTube’s launch, we have been aware that every administrator and user wishes to see the software fulfill their needs. As Framasoft cannot and will not develop every feature that could be hoped for, we have from the start of the project planned on creating a plug-in system.

We are pleased to announce that the foundation stones of this system have been laid in this 1.4 release! It might be very basic for now, but we plan on improving it bit by bit in Peertube’s future releases.

Now, this system allows each administrator to create specific plug-ins depending on their needs. They may install extensions created by other people on their instance as well. For example, it is now possible to install community created graphical themes to change the instance visual interface.

A better interface

We strive to improve PeerTube’s interface by collecting users’ opinions so that we know what is causing them trouble (in terms of understanding and usability for example). Even though this is a time-consuming undertaking, this new release already offers you a few modifications.

First of all, we realized that most people who discover PeerTube have a hard time understanding the difference between a channel and an account. Indeed, on others video broadcasting services (such as YouTube) these two things are pretty much the same.

However, on PeerTube each account is linked to one or multiple channels that can be named as the users sees fit. You also have to create at least one channel when creating an account. Once the channels have been created, users can upload videos to each channel to organize their contents (for example, you could have a channel about cooking and another one about biking).

Our wonderful community of translators is once again to thank for their work, after they enriched PeerTube with 3 new languages: Finnish, Greek and Scottish Gaelic, making PeerTube now available in 22 languages.

We also added a new feature allowing you to upload an audio file directly to PeerTube: the software will automatically create a video from the audio file. This much awaited for feature should make life easier for music makers 🙂

Last information : peertube has an official information channel : @peertube@framapiaf.org

More information about Peertube

4 Major Protocols for federated social web

Mike Macgirvin explain what is a computer protocol and why multi-protocol systems can’t really evolve.

« A computer protocol is a language. If two or more computers use the same protocol they can theoretically communicate. Like human languages, these protocols have limitations and the things which can be expressed using that protocol only include concepts that are present in the culture which created it.

For instance in Latin, all objects have gender. In English they do not. You can’t create a perfect mapping between the two unless you know the gender of all objects – and English speakers will not know this.

This is the reason why multi-protocol systems can’t really evolve – unless each and every component protocol evolves. The multi-protocol system needs to embody those things in common amongst all of its components. You can’t just add a feature unless it is supported by each and every underlying protocol. We’ve tried. This just leads to confusion.

It is also the reason why some protocols are inadequate for different use cases. A protocol designed around Twitter interactions cannot express the same concepts as one that was designed around Facebook interactions – and vice versa. They come from different cultures and have entirely different uses and expectations. Twitter is a soapbox platform. Facebook is more of a conversational platform. They can’t be made to look and act the same because they aren’t the same.

Then you have protocols that were built around cultures that aren’t even formally recognised yet. In this case freedom and privacy loving Facebook refugees who want to be decentralised but not bound to individual servers.

ActivityPub may solve the second part eventually and provide nomadic identity, but it’s still a Twitter interaction because that is the culture which created it. Ditto for permissions and spam prevention and abuse. That protocol is derived from a culture where privacy and permission didn’t even exist and people depend on their site owner to make them safe. This safety vanishes in a nomadic world and other mechanisms are needed. The precise mechanisms needed by the former are completely different than the mechanisms required by the latter.

Because it is a different culture.

We currently have at least four separate (major) cultures present in the so-called fediverse and they all use different protocols for a reason. Those protocols reflect the cultures which spawned them and fulfill the needs and desires of those communities. It’s time to stop pretending they can be reconciled.

The 4 major protocols are Ostatus, ActivityPub, Diaspora, and Zot. « 

Source

How to comment a peertube video from a mastodon account?

Peertube is a wonderfull video plateform. You can comment any video from any peertube instance if you have a Mastodon or Pleroma account. It should work theoreticaly with any compatible ActivityPub Account.

Go to the video you want to comment. Here is an example.

https://framatube.org/videos/watch/9c9de5e8-0a1e-484a-b099-e80766180a6d

Do not try to comment from this page, if you don’t have a peertube account. It is complicated. But go to your Mastodon account.

  1. Copy the url of the peertube video
  2. In your Mastodon account paste it in the search box

3. Write your comment

Now see the video page of peertube

Osada resurrected

Osada is a full featured social network application running under the ActivityPub protocol. It also communicates with and inter-operates with servers on the Zot6 network (such as Zap and Hubzilla 4.x). Due to limitations in the ActivityPub protocol, Osada does **not** offer nomadic identity or enhanced privacy modes.

Osada was created originally by Mike Macgirvin, the force behind Friendica, RedMatrix, Hubzilla, and Zap. Mike is the quintessential mad scientist and possibly a visitor from the future: I’m still uncertain. Many of his ideas have proven to be years ahead of their time. This project was abandoned in early 2019 so Mike could devote all of his efforts towards advanced social network technologies – in particular Zap. With Mike’s permission the stewardship has been take of the codebase to provide an ActivityPub project with some of the more advanced features made possible by the Zot6 and OpenWebAuth protocols.

Osada has a new repository talke care https://gitlab.com/apfed/osada

Osada is abandoned

6 month after his launch. The project Osada is abandoned by his creator.

Osada will be spun off (separated from Zap) and officially abandoned. If you want to take over the project, go for it. The implementation of Zot6 there is now frozen because future Zot6 work (and Zot8 – more on that in a moment) will not be compatible with ActivityPub. At all. As far as I know Osada is the only viable ActivityPub server for events and groups, but Friendica and Hubzilla aren’t very far off.

For those of you who don’t remember, Osada was a new platform with a UI reminiscent of Hubzilla that was specifically developed to support both Zot6 and ActivityPub-based networks. Macgirvin seems to indicate, in hindsight, that this was a mistake.

Zotiverse in january 2019

Zotiverse is a new word. It is the univesere that use zot protocole. : Hubzilla – Osada – Zap. Zot is much more powerfull than ActivityPub. It allow higher degree of security and anonity. But the best of zot is the nomadic identity.

Hubzilla is the most established product. It should be considered more of an « application platform » or maybe a « publication platform » (kind of like what WordPress has become since it now has plugins that allow you to do almost anything – it’s more than a Content Management System). « Social Media » on Hubzilla was one of the first use-cases adopted by a large number of people – and so many think it is primarily a social media platform. It is not. It is a privacy and security aware application platform that can support a huge number of use cases through the plugin/addon architecture which is lean and efficient.

Osada is more intended for end users interested specifically in Social Media applications that want to be able to communicate with ActivityPub but also have SOME of the privacy and security capabilities offered by Hubzilla. ActivityPub has a larger user base but is fundamentally incompatible with certain privacy and security models. So, anything related to ActivityPub is going to be a compromise. Osada is a social media platform that brings as much of the privacy and security features of Hubzilla as is possible while still providing integration with ActivityPub

Zap is a social media platform for those who are privacy and security minded and are not willing to compromise privacy and security just because « everybody is doing it. » It has the full range of privacy, security, and censorship resistant features inherent in the Zot protocol as Hubzilla (without Federation addons).

If you are an « end-user » of social media and want to be able to seamlessly communicate with ActivityPub, you want to use Osada. If privacy, security, and censorship resistance is important to you and you’re willing to give up access to other protocols in order to maintain those things, you probably want Zap. If you are primarily interested in providing content and data to others on an extensible and robust manner with privacy, security, and with built in ability to provide redundancy in case of failure or as a censorship resistance feature, you want to consider Hubzilla.

In other words, Hubzilla, Osada and Zap are the same kind of application with different tasts.

Now we are in transiton period. Because Hubzilla use an old version of zot. Osada and Zap use a new version (zot6). Once the Zot6 implementation on Hubzilla is complete, all of these projects will be able to intercommunicate with users on each of the others with fine-grained access control.

Source : a post of M Dent

Add ActivityPub to your wordpress blog

Matthias Pfefferle annouce the avaibility of the plugin ActivityPub for wordpress.

This plugin implements the ActivityPub for your Blog. Your readers will be able to follow your Blogposts on Mastodon and other Federated Plattforms that support ActivityPub.

You can follow new post from any other activitypub account and comment. The comments comes directly to your wordpress comments.

Hubzilla 3.8 out

Mario announce in a post the availibility of Hubzilla 3.8

As you can see from the changelog, Hubzilla has gone through a very busy development cycle. To simplify the settings and improve the general UX, we have re-organised the entire apps and settings infrastructure.
Some features from the « Additional Features » section have been transformed to stand-alone apps and will need to be installed by the channel owner. Other features have been moved to the per app settings pages which are now easily accessible from the navigation bar or the app store.
Some addons have already been ported to the new apps infrastructure. This work is ongoing and will be completed during the next development cycle.

Other notable changes:

 

    • Remove tech-levels
    • Markdown table support
    • New addon (channelreputation) which provides a reputation system for community channels
    • Implement a subscriptions submodule for the cart addon
    • New addon (hsse) that implements a WYSIWYG editor
    • Experimental queue worker improvements (off by default)
    • Many under the hood improvements and bugfixes

 

As always, a big THANK YOU! to the translators and everybody who is helping to improve Hubzilla.

Howto upgrade:
Due to some profound changes to the addons it is necessary to follow this update procedure:

 

  • util/safemode on this will disable all enabled addons
  • util/udall the actual update which executes git pull for core and addon repos
  • util/safemode off this enables the previously disabled addons again
  • Install the upgrade info addon (optional) – this will show some info about the upgrade to your community members

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