Hubzilla (1.0) release

High Range Australia, 4-December-2015

Announce: Hubzilla version 1.0 aka "Pacific Sunrise"

The Hubzilla developers would like to introduce our project to the world. Basically what we have is a community software platform that links different website communities together into something much larger.  It's part CMS, part blog, part social network, part personal cloud, and all exciting and different in the way we provide privacy and single sign-on across all the connected communities; throughout the internet.

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This isn't actually a new project. We've been around for years perfecting decentralisation technologies to the point where small inter-connected sites can compete with many of the features and economies of scale of large corporate server farms. There is no single thing that defines how Hubzilla is different. Instead it is a large collection of novel features which define what it can do for you. I will let some of the other project developers and members describe it in their own words...  

JRandalJRandal wrote the following post Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:14:27 +1100
Hubzilla is powerful and, in its own way, simple. Through its many options and features, it can be pretty much all you need it to be. The revolutionary zot protocol keeps you connected to the web, even when your own server may be down. Like a slider between parallel universes, your zot identity moves across the grid as needed. From a simple webpage to dynamic, fine-tuned communication, Hubzilla fills the bill for anonymity, privacy, authentication, and control, be it for individuals, groups, or businesses.

tobiastobias wrote the following post Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:00:46 +1100
To me Hubzilla is an exciting piece of software. The most elaborate ACL management I have seen so far. It can be a complete digital home. It is scalable from a small family hub to share the obvious thoughts, events, discussions, photos, files up to commercial hubs focusing on publishing or selling stuff. The interoperability between these hubs is amazing and just much more advanced and transparent than any other attempts that I have seen before (openID etc). The versatility Hubzilla can be used is awesome, with some more work  I see it being a great tool for soundfile sharing, playlist sharing. Think spotify interactive. This still is quite a way to go but the groundwork has been done.
Thanks for this great piece of code. Proud supporter, even if the monthly donation is small.

Sean TilleySean Tilley wrote the following post Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:20:17 +1100
Excellent. I've taken a stab at this, although I always feel that explaining Hubzilla is difficult because it's fairly unique compared to most platforms.

Hubzilla is incredibly unique in what it is and what it does. You could compare it to Diaspora, but you could just as easily compare it to Drupal or OwnCloud - but it is more than any of those things. You can use it to make anything you want - a personal website, a forum, or even a full-blown social network. Every server running Hubzilla is capable of federation, meaning that users on one server can easily connect to users on another - this means that they can send messages, like each other's posts, follow each other, share files and events, and much more.

It has expansive privacy controls and cloud storage baked into the core platform. The best part? You can extend it to do almost anything. It's a CMS that comes with cloud storage and privacy controls, and can also be used to deploy a federated communication network.

Manuel Jiménez FriazaManuel Jiménez Friaza wrote the following post Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:56:44 +1100
In English, more or less
Hubzilla Is my house in Internet: it can be light and nomadic like the one of a snail or a castle with strong walls if I need to defend me. It is like the Tardis of the Doctor Who: bigger by inside that by out. I have my mail of post, my personal pages that my friends or the travellers can see through the windows or a diary to remember the things, that can carry me and bring in my pocket...
Also I can remain me in my living room, reading quietly or chatting in kind social gatherings with friends and neighbours. A very special house that opens  and closes  with invisible keys, that, also like the Tardis allows to travel in the time, and see again the old albums of photos or the letters that one already had forgotten and that here never are yellowish...

Hubzilla es mi casa en Internet: puede ser ligera y nómada como la de un caracol o un castillo con fuertes murallas si necesito defenderme. Es como la Tardis del Doctor Who: más grande por dentro que por fuera. Tengo mi estafeta de correo, mis paǵinas personales que mis amigos o los viajeros pueden ver a través de los ventanales o una agenda para recordar las cosas, que me puedo llevar y traer en mi bolsillo...
También puedo quedarme en mi sala de estar, leyendo tranquilamente o departiendo en amables tertulias con amigos y vecinos. Una casa muy especial que se abre y se cierra con llaves invisibles, que, también como la Tardis permite viajar en el tiempo, y volver a ver los viejos álbumes de fotos o las cartas que uno ya había olvidado y que aquí nunca amarillean...

Jake MoomawJake Moomaw wrote the following post Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:03:50 +1100
Hubzilla is my Swiss Army Knife that I use for everything.  I use it to securely host files, allowing me to access them from anywhere with an internet connection.  I can also use the extremely granular permissions settings to share those files with individuals, groups, or the internet at large.  I use it to run a couple of blogs that are accessible to anyone in the world.  I have several forums that are only open to people that are on the federated web.  I also use it to track personal health issues, keep personal notes, take notes on books that I'm reading, and keep a running list of tasks that are completely private.  I use it to connect with like minded people from across the globe, and even play games with people all over the world.  I do all of this and more with one account!  

The combination of BBCode for beginners and Comanche for advanced users makes it easy to modify, customize, or completely rebuild the way that your pages are presented to the world.  Like Drupal or Joomla, Hubzilla is an incredibly extensible CMS for those comfortable with CSS and the concepts of blocks, layouts, and menus.  It is also observer aware, making it very easy to create a page that customizes itself based on the person that is viewing it.  With a single page, you can show people that are not logged into Hubzilla information about the project while people that are logged in would see your blog or forum.  

To top it all off, with the magic of Zot and the built-in nomadic identity that it enables, I can clone my account on multiple servers so that in the event of my main server suffering an outage, I only lose access to the files that I store.  My blogs, forums, social connections and personal content is still available by simply logging into one of the servers where I have cloned myself.

Hubzilla is the promise of Zombocom made flesh.

Andrew ManningAndrew Manning wrote the following post Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:51:31 +1100
When you share things with others in life, you take a lot for granted. They know who you are, and you know who they are. If you whisper to someone, only they can hear it. If you put a photo on the wall in your home, you know only your family and invited guests will see it. You don't ask a stranger to hold all the keys to your house and car so that they must unlock things for you. You definitely don't ask some middle man to share your personal thoughts with a friend on your behalf; that would be absurd.

Sharing and communicating online should not be any different, but the truth is that today these are almost completely the opposite of how they should be. Hubzilla brings some sanity back into our electronic lives and stands as a beacon of hope for the internet, enabling freedom and security using standard, tested web technology that is available now. Its robust communication protocol and platform architecture provide web developers the tools to build a broad spectrum of apps and web services with built-in authentication and decentralized access control.

Build websites for your organization with Hubzilla and get single sign on and identity aware content for free, using a platform that respects the permissions of site visitors. Power your next web app with Hubzilla so you can focus on the features that make it unique, getting decentralized secure data transfer and authentication services for free. Join the community of Hubzilla developers and be a part of something amazing.

giac hellveciogiac hellvecio wrote the following post Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:03:31 +1100
a fantastic cocktail of current web-needs with a revolutionary protocol, our identity is now portable and
regardless of the server.

Letter BomberLetter Bomber wrote the following post Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:52:33 +1100
My journey that landed me to hubzilla was a simple one. I had always wanted to have the convenience and added social benefits of social networking, but did not want to hand over my comms to an intermediary who looks at every single word, including private chats, and tries to sell me something, then hold onto them even after I delete them just in case they can be further mined to manipulate me. Some years ago the only thing that even came close was Diaspora. I had some hopes that Diaspora would eventually turn into what I wanted, if it was ever completed and reached what I would consider a 1.0. About a year ago, I thought, "I haven't looked at the Diaspora project in years, perhaps they finally achieved it." I didn't have any old bookmarks or anything so I just started my research over again, looking for social alternatives. There was tons now! But they were all just central silos that allowed you to cross-post to the 3 or more major silos simultaneously, and nothing more. Diaspora itself was hardly even anything more than that. Diaspora hadn't even changed in years. I noticed that they were so busy trying to be the anti-facebook and anti-twitter, that they became a shitty knockoff of facebook/twitter (which are both worthless pieces of garbage, even without the ad spying). The only one that seemed a little different was friendica. I checked it out, and I thought, "maybe this could work, if that's all there is".

Then, only after I had been on friendica for a few hours, reading old posts by mike macgirvin, did I finally find out about redmatrix. Finally! Something with an end goal that wasn't ANTI-something. It was an end goal on its own! This was what I was looking for all these years. It's still very far from what I would consider a 1.0. Even Hubzilla with all its improvements over Redmatrix is not what I would consider a 1.0. The versions are based on chronology, which is great for people unfamiliar with a project, but it hides progress and doesn't convey completeness very well. Hubzilla has a long way to go before it is what it wants to be. But unlike all the other projects, every single last one of them, hubzilla is the only one that actually wants to be something, instead of trying to be the anti-something.

Another thing that I like about hubzilla is the community. It reminds me of the old BBS and FIDOnet communities I used to belong to. The diversity is great, the people actually use the brains they have and try to contemplate things instead of regurgitating them. It reminds me of web communities I haven't seen since the old slashdot, long before it was overtaken by corporations. It's pretty night-and-day compared to the BoobTube/IdiotBox that the internet has become. It's currently crossing a very harsh badlands with no company. A chasm between the failed direction that major corporations have led everyone, and the promised land that the internet was heading towards before it was hijacked. Even if hubzilla is a long way from the awesomeness it will one day become, it has the heart and soul to get there, and a really good idea of where 'there' is. It is alone in that regard.

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