Sean Tilley
Sean Tilley
Sean Tilley
 San Francisco, CA (37.7840296 -122.3974082) last edited: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:32:10 -0700  
Personally, I'm really stoked for this project, and I love that it's made so much progress so far.

PeerTube Releases v.1.0.0 Beta 1

PeerTube, the decentralized YouTube alternative, has just made a new milestone release. The project has come a long way, and already sports a vastly improved UI and federated comments.

#PeerTube #ActivityPub #Federation
Sean are you able to follow peertube user ? I can from mastodon but not from hubzilla
Hubzilla does not yet connect directly to peertube, There is an open bug on peertube. We have at this point discovered that they do not handle the 'url' attribute in the actor document correctly; but even if we supply the data which they are expecting to find, there are unknown additional errors on their end resulting in connection failure. At this point we need somebody with a peertube installation that understands the code and read logs, and there does not appear to be sufficient motivation on that end to work with us and solve the problem.
Thank you Mike I hope someone will understand both side so we can talk to each other.
 San Francisco, CA,  
Pleroma, a lightweight social server written in Elixir, gains ActivityPub support


Pleroma, the lightweight elixir-based social networking server, recently unveiled full support for the ActivityPub federation protocol. Stylish and lightweight, and it works with the most popular apps for Mastodon

#Mastodon #ActivityPub #Pleroma #Elixir
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@dsh Wait what Pleroma is built on ActivityPub from the ground up, isn't it? How could it gain support for what it's literally built on?
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@dsh From my understanding it doesn't even "adapt" to ActivityPub like mastodon does. It IS ActivityPub through and through.

Basically it used it internally, but these interfaces were not exposed for a long time, meaning it only federated with OStatus networks. Now it does both, but you're right, it pretty much is a complete implementation of AP.
 San Francisco, CA (37.7667879 -122.41671110000001) shamelessly rips off of Mastodon and slaps a blockchain on top, for some reason

The Hiveway platform raised more than a few eyebrows today with an announcement by none other than John McAfee, unveiling the startups rebrand from Etherhive to Hiveway. At this time, McAfee’s affiliation with the project remains unclear, but he nevertheless appears to be providing consultation to the team. This is all fine and good, however, one detail sticks out like a sore thumb: Hiveway is a complete and utter ripoff of Mastodon.

#Hiveway #Mastodon #Blockchain
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Forking an AGPLv3 project is good, that is why we have licenses and forks just increase diversity. But this wasn't done as a fork. The whole commit history was rewritten and apparently the UI has no source code link for users. The copyright file though does mention it is a fork of Mastodon.
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by a per-feed blockchain

ahahaha then they're riding the hype bandwagon. People nowadays say "blockchain" when it's a git-for-xyz like solution. "per-feed" would mean it's not even git, it's even simpler. That would mean your file system is also a blockchain. Why not, it does have blocks. :D
MS-DOS could make a comeback if it billed itself as a block-chain file system!
 San Francisco, CA (37.784047 -122.39740369999998) 
It took forever to write this, but my #Hubzilla deep-dive has now been published!

The Do-Everything System: An in-depth review of Hubzilla 3.0.


As a platform, Hubzilla holds a tremendous amount of versatility and depth in what it can do. Mike Macgirvin, the platform’s creator, has famously quipped that the system does not have a commercial analogue to draw comparisons to — it’s not just a social network, it’s not just a forum, it’s not just a cloud storage solution, and it’s not just a content management system.

#decentralization #cloudstorage #federation
Copying Mike's comment:

To be frank - I'm very well connected on Sand Hill Road (look it up). I could get a ridiculous amount of funding just by demonstrating distributed privacy and magic-auth - and I could do it with a phone call. No need for blockchain because decentralised identity is a much bigger market and is never going to crash. I left that game long ago and I'm working for the people now. I'm really not looking to get rich. Been there, done that, didn't like it. It would of course be nice to make ends meet; which is something you have to forego when you're working for the people and not for your own gain.

The whole thing about venture capital is that the money never actually leaves Sand Hill Road. It just provides them with a new revenue stream and keeps them living in the manner to which they are accustomed. Startups and entrepreneurs are thrown a pittance of that revenue stream to keep people enticed and to perpetuate the game.
I'm impressed, Sean. This article has been very influential. Multiple people who registered on Hubzilla Start have referenced your article as their inspiration.
bottle with popping cork

 San Francisco, CA (37.7840152 -122.39734259999997) 
!Hubzilla Development

If you're running the dev branch of #Hubzilla, you'll see that a new feature has landed for channels – Articles

This is a really exciting feature to me, as I hope to build We Distribute on top of it.

Here are a few relevant files to understand different pieces of it:Here's a quick test article, as it appears today:

I'd love to explore the theme development side of this, specifically to make Article objects look like an article you'd see on any popular CMS that features them. (Ars Technica, the Verge, Mashable, etc). This may require me to open my first actual pull request for the Hubzilla project, as this is a feature of huge interest to me. The first "useful" thing I can think of might be a thumbnail field, which sets the og:image property of the article when shared.

Eventually, I might dive into either building a page or a plugin that shows all published Article objects on a hub, sorted by published date, complete with title, link, and author information.
@Sean Tilley @Mike Macgirvin
Mike's comment did not arrive at this HZ hub, too. I see you initiated the thread on HZ too and obviously federated to Diaspira?
Strange. I guess there is no way to debug this now.
But I am mentioning just in case such problems might spread.
Just for the record: I have just received Mike's post. :)
Just for the record: I didn't !
 San Francisco, CA (37.78404330000001 -122.3973038) 
Just an update: my review of #Hubzilla is still in-progress. I regret falling a month behind on publishing it, but it's a pretty big undertaking, and I've managed to deep-dive into many features of the system and how it works.

Current word count: 2,471. So far I've explained everything from how to install a hub to setting up a channel, creating content, finding channels to connect to, tagging, cloud, calendar sync, wiki, nomadic identity, OpenWebAuth, a number of the plugins, and theme development. There's still a lot to cover, but I am proud of how this is taking shape. :)
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Looking forward to reading it!

 San Francisco, CA (37.7668426 -122.4166306) 
For now, I am building out a simple set of experiments. Initially, I needed a convenient way to monitor project feeds from different places, so I've used the Channel Sources feature to create syndicated bot channels for the federated projects I want to watch.

This requires some adjustment and fine-tuning, but you can subscribe to it through Diaspora, Friendica, GNU Social, Mastodon, Socialhome, Hubzilla, or anywhere that can use #OStatus, #ActivityPub, #Diaspora Protocol, or #Zot.
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There is though already, unless of course you want to collect all information in one account. Could get a little verbose though, depending on how many sources are aggregated.
Hmm, that might actually be a more usable source for me!
also if you add an accoumt as an resource instead of an rss feed, comments (not all) should get federated.

 San Francisco, CA (37.7840498 -122.3973926) 
Finally got this interview out the door! @Jason Robinson

Faces of the Federation - Jason Robinson of Socialhome


Jason Robinson was a long-term volunteer dev to the Diaspora project who made several important code contributions before deciding to roll his own federated platform. An avid Pythonista, Jason has specializes in Django development, and continues to tinker with decentralized communication.

#socialhome #wedistribute #interviews
The post owner can choose whether or not to "forge" signatures on comments and forward them to Diaspora accordingly, but we received so many complaints about sending unsigned  'likes' as forged (comment) activities that we stopped including them.

Comment forging is also no longer enabled by default as it was in the redmatrix days. Since this channel does not have Diaspora enabled, and it seems that the forgery option is not enabled for Sean's channel, I'm guessing this comment will not federate.
Yeah, @Mike Macgirvin , it's a solid workaroumd. Ktry to enable it for my channel when I get home today.

 San Francisco, CA (37.7840707 -122.39735650000001) 
I currently own the domain, and I'm hoping to put it to good use soon. I've spent quite a lot of time reflecting on what I want the thing to be, how I hope it might work, and what kinds of topics I want to cover.

One of my largest concerns over the past few years has been in the decline of quality news coverage of Free Software projects and the shuttering of outlets such as Free Software Magazine and other Linux-friendly outlets. Indeed, even at the peak of such outlets, there has been a long history of awesome projects getting completely passed over because it is deemed uninteresting to "the average consumer". Even popular outlets such as OMG! Ubuntu have been on a decline for years in terms of meaningful coverage.


In 2018, I hope for We Distribute to become a full-blown publication, a periodical that syndicates content throughout The Free Network and covers technical advancements in the decentralization movement. Most of this will still be federation-focused, but I've decided to expand my definition of The Decentralization Movement to include:

  • Free and Open Source Software - GNU/Linux, BSD, desktop environments, applications, etc
  • Distributed Systems - This includes Peer-to-Peer projects, as well as initiatives such as i2p and Hyperboria
  • Cryptocurrencies - AltCoins as well as other types of distributed ledgers / distributed value storage
  • Mesh Networking - Scuttlebutt and other initiatives

The idea for this publication is to write articles in a structure and format similar to Ars Technica or The Verge. The core difference is that, instead of trying to sell you products, it provides exposure for an ecosystem of digital counterculture, all of which provides free knowledge as a basis to build on. It would also provide simple news updates alongside chunkier articles, interviews, and in-depth reviews.

I'm still evaluating how I want to build it out, but I'm looking very seriously at using #Hubzilla as a base - that way, every single article can be dispersed in a federated stream across OStatus, Diaspora, and ActivityPub protocols. It could even get cross-posted to and Libertree.
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Sounds great! Using a federating platform totally makes sense.
Sounds like a worthwhile use of time. Start writing articles and we'll try to help advertise, although we are notoriously bad at that :-)

If your work gets popular you might even be able to make some money via donation links or something.
It may be too early to ask a question like this, but would you also consider a section for occasional articles about efforts to distribute non digital power? Like, energy production, agriculture, corporate and political organisation etc.

It's definitely an interesting idea!

 San Francisco, CA (37.7839611 -122.3973584) 
Current word-count is at 1,610.

The most fleshed-out parts so far are:

  • Installation
  • Channel Basics
  • Photo Albums
  • Cloud File-Sharing/Syncing
  • Wiki
  • Community
  • Theme Development

There's still a lot of things to dive into - I have tons of sections and screenshots, and a lot of details to go over still. I'm particularly proud of the Theme Development section, as it dissects everything from starting a new theme file to setting up layouts with Comanche and writing custom widgets. I even found a way to demonstrate Comanche's usage visually.

This might be the most comprehensive review I have ever written – I'm quite proud of what has been accomplished so far. I really want to do the system justice by sharing all the things that I think is cool about it. I also hope to get this out before Christmas.
Looking forward to the Theme Development bits!
Getting Caldav working with KDE Plasma / Kontact was quite easy. Not 100% intuitive, but easy to find.
Getting Caldav working with KDE Plasma / Kontact was quite easy. Not 100% intuitive, but easy to find.

Yeah, I've definitely noticed that Gnome / KDE apps are the most forgiving when it comes to interacting with WebDAV so far. Mike's tip on using Evolution to connect with my Hubzilla account was an absolutely great answer for getting the Calendar Sync to work in Gnome's native calendar app.
 37.784040399999995 -122.3973083 
It's finally here! A million thanks to @Mike Macgirvin for sharing his many words of wisdom.

Got Zot — Mike Macgirvin – We Distribute – Medium


Mike Macgirvin is a personal friend, and a force to be reckoned with. Living on a farm in the hills of Australia, he has quietly spent his days carving out an elaborate system from scratch, doing the bulk of the work himself.

Over the past decade in particular, he has pushed the boundaries of a next-generation communication platform, restlessly experimenting and taking notes, often inventing his own solutions to complex problems.

This interview is the first part of our interview series, Faces of the Federation.
Excelent, thank you for that @Sean Tilley !
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Check it out, I have a little #wiki for a thing I'm writing: Sean Tilley -

There is No Outside

There is No Outside is a work of fiction, intended to act as 10 separate stories set within the world of The Enclosure. The stories are intended to be released as one book, written by Sean Tilley, licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Share-Alike License.
Did you come up with this Enclosure thing as well? In any case, looking forward to read the stories (:
Did you come up with this Enclosure thing as well?

Yeah, the Enclosure is a central concept I've been fleshing out for about two years. Essentially the company got pulled into its own cross-dimensional warp bubble, then separated off from all dimensional space without the means to return. Several hundred years have passed, and the concept of there being some external pocket of space has fallen into myth. At this point, the only people who believe in there being an "Outside" are radical terrorist groups who use explosives to attempt escaping.

In that time, all of the different societies and cultures that the company touched were forced to integrate, meaning that all efforts at standardization have resulted in a total mess - for example, the Internet may exist in this realm, but there are 12 different implementations running across 20 fundamentally different kinds of computers. Even if you could get them all to talk to one another, there are vast inconsistencies in spoken and written language and cultural norms.