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This is GNU social, a free software, decentralized social network,
based on StatusNet.
Developers
==========
Matt Lee
Rob Myers
Sean Corbett
Ian Denhardt
Steve DuBois
Mike Sheldon
With help from
==============
Bradley M. Kuhn
Special help from
=================
Craig Andrews
------
README
------
# GNU social 1.1.2 (alpha)
August 2014
StatusNet 1.1.1
16 July 2013
(c) Free Software Foundation, Inc
(c) StatusNet, Inc
This is the README file for StatusNet, the Open Source social
networking platform. It includes general information about the
software and the project.
This is the README file for GNU social, the free
software social networking platform. It includes
general information about the software and the
project.
Some other files to review:
......@@ -18,49 +18,45 @@ Some other files to review:
- EVENTS.txt: events supported by the plugin system
- COPYING: full text of the software license
Information on using StatusNet can be found in the "doc" subdirectory
or in the "help" section on-line.
About
=====
StatusNet is a Free and Open Source social networking platform. It
helps people in a community, company or group to exchange short status
updates, do polls, announce events, or other social activities (and
you can add more!). Users can choose which people to "follow" and
receive only their friends' or colleagues' status messages. It
provides a similar service to sites like Twitter, Google+, Facebook or
Yammer, but is much more awesome.
With a little work, status messages can be sent to mobile phones,
instant messenger programs (GTalk/Jabber), and specially-designed
desktop clients that support the Twitter API.
StatusNet supports an open standard called OStatus
<http://ostatus.org/> that lets users in different networks follow
each other. It enables a distributed social network spread all across
the Web.
StatusNet was originally developed for the Open Software Service,
Identi.ca <http://identi.ca/>. It is shared with you in hope that you
too make an Open Software Service available to your users. To learn
more, please see the Open Software Service Definition 1.1:
Information on using GNU social can be found in
the "doc" subdirectory or in the "help" section
on-line, or you can catch us on IRC in #social on
the freenode network.
## About
GNU social is a free social networking
platform. It helps people in a community, company
or group to exchange short status updates, do
polls, announce events, or other social activities
(and you can add more!). Users can choose which
people to "follow" and receive only their friends'
or colleagues' status messages. It provides a
similar service to sites like Twitter, Google+ or
Facebook, but is much more awesome.
With a little work, status messages can be sent to
mobile phones, instant messenger programs (using
XMPP), and specially-designed desktop clients that
support the Twitter API.
GNU social supports an open standard called
OStatus <http://ostatus.org/> that lets users in
different networks follow each other. It enables a
distributed social network spread all across the
Web.
GNU social was originally developed for the
service, Identi.ca <http://identi.ca/>.
It is shared with you in hope that you too make an
service available to your users. To learn more,
please see the Open Software Service Definition
1.1:
http://www.opendefinition.org/ossd
StatusNet, Inc. <http://status.net/> also offers this software as a
Web service, requiring no installation on your part. See
<http://status.net/signup> for details. The software run
on status.net is identical to the software available for download, so
you can move back and forth between a hosted version or a version
installed on your own servers.
A commercial software subscription is available from StatusNet Inc. It
includes 24-hour technical support and developer support. More
information at http://status.net/contact or email sales@status.net.
License
=======
### License
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) has
*different requirements* from the "regular" GPL. In particular, if
you make modifications to the StatusNet source code on your server,
you make modifications to the GNU social source code on your server,
you *MUST MAKE AVAILABLE* the modified version of the source code
to your users under the same license. This is a legal requirement
of using the software, and if you do not wish to share your
modifications, *YOU MAY NOT INSTALL STATUSNET*.
modifications, *YOU MAY NOT INSTALL GNU SOCIAL*.
Documentation in the /doc-src/ directory is available under the
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, with attribution to
"StatusNet". See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ for details.
"GNU social". See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ for details.
CSS and images in the /theme/ directory are available under the
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, with attribution to
"StatusNet". See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ for details.
"GNU social". See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ for details.
Our understanding and intention is that if you add your own theme that
uses only CSS and images, those files are not subject to the copyleft
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particulars. See each package's license file in the extlib directory
for additional terms.
New this version
================
## New this version
This is a security fix and bug fix release since 1.1.0,
released 2 July 2012. All 1.1.0 sites should upgrade to this version.
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- Fix error in OStatus subscription for remote groups.
- Fix error in XMPP distribution.
A full changelog is available at http://status.net/wiki/StatusNet_1.1.1.
### Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
===============
The primary output for GNU social is syslog,
unless you configured a separate logfile. This is
probably the first place to look if you're getting
weird behaviour from GNU social.
The primary output for StatusNet is syslog, unless you configured a
separate logfile. This is probably the first place to look if you're
getting weird behaviour from StatusNet.
If you're tracking the unstable version of StatusNet in the git
repository (see below), and you get a compilation error ("unexpected
T_STRING") in the browser, check to see that you don't have any
If you're tracking the unstable version of
GNU social in the git repository (see below), and you
get a compilation error ("unexpected T_STRING") in
the browser, check to see that you don't have any
conflicts in your code.
Unstable version
================
If you're adventurous or impatient, you may want to install the
development version of StatusNet. To get it, use the git version
control tool <http://git-scm.com/> like so:
### Unstable version
git clone git@gitorious.org:statusnet/mainline.git
If you're adventurous or impatient, you may want
to install the development version of
StatusNet. To get it, use the git version control
tool <http://git-scm.com/> like so:
This is the version of the software that runs on Identi.ca and the
status.net hosted service. Using it is a mixed bag. On the positive
side, it usually includes the latest security and bug fix patches. On
the downside, it may also include changes that require admin
intervention (like running a script or even raw SQL!) that may not be
documented yet. It may be a good idea to test this version before
installing it on your production machines.
git clone git@gitorious.org:social/mainline.git
To keep it up-to-date, use 'git pull'. Watch for conflicts!
Using it is a mixed bag. On the positive side, it
usually includes the latest security and bug fix
patches. On the downside, it may also include
changes that require admin intervention (like
running a script or even raw SQL!) that may not be
documented yet. It may be a good idea to test this
version before installing it on your production
machines.
Further information
===================
To keep it up-to-date, use 'git pull'. Watch for
conflicts!
There are several ways to get more information about StatusNet.
## Further information
* There is a mailing list for StatusNet developers and admins at
http://mail.status.net/mailman/listinfo/statusnet-dev
* The #statusnet IRC channel on freenode.net <http://www.freenode.net/>.
* The StatusNet wiki, http://status.net/wiki/
* The StatusNet blog, http://status.net/blog/
* The StatusNet status update, <http://status.status.net/> (!)
There are several ways to get more information
about GNU social.
Feedback
========
* The #social IRC channel on freenode.net <http://www.freenode.net/>.
* The GNU social website
* Following us on GNU social -- http://quitter.se/gnusocial
* Following us on Twitter -- https://twitter.com/gnusocial
* Messages to http://support.status.net/ are very welcome.
* The group http://identi.ca/group/statusnet is a good
place to discuss the software.
* StatusNet has a bug tracker for any defects you may find, or ideas for
making things better. http://status.net/open-source/issues
* The StatusNet forum is at http://forum.status.net/.
* GNU social has a bug tracker for any defects you may find, or ideas for
making things better. http://bugz.foocorp.net/
Credits
=======
The following is an incomplete list of developers who've worked on
StatusNet. Apologies for any oversight; please let evan@status.net know
if anyone's been overlooked in error.
The following is an incomplete list of developers
who've worked on GNU social, or its predecessors
StatusNet and Free Social. Apologies for any
oversight; please let mattl@gnu.org know if
anyone's been overlooked in error.
## Project Founders
* Matt Lee (GNU social)
* Evan Prodromou (StatusNet)
* Mikael Nordfeldth (Free Social)
Thanks to all of the StatusNet developers:
* Evan Prodromou, founder and lead developer, StatusNet, Inc.
* Zach Copley, StatusNet, Inc.
* Earle Martin, StatusNet, Inc.
* Marie-Claude Doyon, designer, StatusNet, Inc.
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* Brenda Wallace
* Jeffery To
* Federico Marani
* Craig Andrews
* mEDI
* Brett Taylor
* Brigitte Schuster
......@@ -224,7 +219,23 @@ if anyone's been overlooked in error.
* James Walker, StatusNet, Inc.
* Samantha Doherty, designer, StatusNet, Inc.
Thanks also to the developers of our upstream library code and to the
thousands of people who have tried out Identi.ca, installed StatusNet,
told their friends, and built the Open Microblogging network to what
it is today.
### Extra special thanks to the GNU socialites
* Craig Andrews
* Donald Robertson
* Deb Nicholson
* Ian Denhart
* Steven DuBois
* Blaine Cook
* Henry Story
* Melvin Carvalho
Thanks also to the developers of our upstream
library code and to the thousands of people who
have tried out GNU social, told their friends, and
built the fediverse network to what it is today.
### License help from
* Bradley M. Kuhn
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