01.07.2010 13:45, Markus Sabadello wrote:
Okay, how can I add an entry for @versionvega to the wiki
page (I just signed up but it's read only)?
You need to create an FSF account and log in to the wiki using the link
in the top right corner.
My main interest is not so much re-inventing what we already have in a
less evil way (although that is important too), but rather finding new
communication patterns and apps that are hard to imagine with an
archaic client/server mindset.
Thanks for the pointers. "Who does that server really serve" is a
question I have asked myself many times as well. I'll also take a close
look at GNUnet!
On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM, Rob Myers <address@hidden>
GNU Social exists to be free software for its users, so it will achieve
On 06/30/2010 11:51 PM, Markus Sabadello wrote:
I'm having doubts that something like GNU social or Diaspora will
achieve a lot, because normal people don't know how to set up a server,
I gave a talk in France last year at an art & technology event and
although I only mentioned Social briefly it was the thing everyone
wanted to hear about afterwards. People *know* that there are problems
with social networking software. There is a demand for alternatives
that solve those problems, and Social is an answer to that demand.
Many otherwise capable people can't install an operating system or a
web browser without assistance. We can bundle Social in any number of
ways to empower the greatest number of people to run it: desktop
versions and one-click installs from web hosting providers are easy to
imagine. And as a community we can help people install and run Social
however they want. People don't have to remain isolated.
We are trying to produce software that takes a minimum of technical
knowledge and that has minimal requirements to install, relatively
speaking. Free Software exists for the freedom of all its users, not
just its developers.
and if we build something that only we geeks can use, then yes we're
going to have a lot of fun discussing whether to name it "tiramisu" or
"strudel", but ultimately we're just as selfish as the big, evil
It's fun to discuss names for things. Anyone can get involved in it,
and finding more ways of getting people involved is good. We're running
a logo competition at the moment as well.
I'd compare it more to the competition between web host providers that
has driven down costs and driven up quality of service without
compromising the freedom of users of Apache, Wordpress, etc.
companies. I know, I know, the "normal" people can still "choose" some
host to provide the service for them, but I believe such an approach
will automatically create competition and turn evil. Just look at what
I have an OpenID script on my webserver. Occasionally I even remember
how to use it. ;-)
happened to OpenID. Originally it promised that "everyone can set up or
choose" their identity provider, but by now that system has been
completely swallowed by the big companies, and today it mostly serves to
give Google and Yahoo even more control over what we do.
Yes, it would be a problem if a single large player emerged who found a
way of economically exploiting the removal of users freedom. Coming up
with names for lots of different instances helps to encourage a
plurality that should guard against that.
Yes, servers are inherently problematic -
So, the conclusion is to get rid of servers at all.
But Social can go on one of Eben's "wall wart" servers, and we got a
lot of experience of how to run a server that doesn't keep logs or
other unintentionally treacherous data with GNU FM.
If @versionvega is/contains a social network system then sure. The more
relevant comparisons, the better.
On the related resources front, GNU is working on a P2P platform,
Any feedback (or pointers to related resources) would be sweet, feel
free to e-mail or call me. I've been working on this on my own for quite
a while and would like to become involved with a wider community.