StatusReport: Evan in Greece, Google Summer of Code 2010 Update, and Federated Social Web Hype vs Realidad
Following up from last week's StatusReport, this week has been about digging in and getting some major development done at Status.Net. Here's a brief status update.
- CEO of Status.Net, Evan Prodromou, is speaking at EELLAK (GFOSS), the Greece FLOSS Conference, this weekend on Saturday in Athens about Status.Net. The GFOSS "is a non-profit organisation, which was founded in 2008 by 25 Greek Universities, Research Centres, Higher Technological Education Institutes (ATEI) and the Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET). Our major goal is to promote the use and development of FOSS for the Greek sectors of Education, Public Administration, and Business. We, therefore, aspire to become a knowledge hub and a platform for dialogue about Free Software and the benefits of its use. The majority of Greek Universities, Research Centres and ATEI are members of the GFOSS, while the Greek community of FOSS users and developers plays a major role in the implementation of our actions, through its cooperation and active participation."
- We started a series of blog posts about Google Summer of Code Students working on Status.Net this summer with Luke Fitzgerald working on MSN + IRC support and Shashi Gowda implementing Lists.
Docs and Activity
- Google Summer of Code 2010 Student, Shashi wrote up a nice page on "Why build a project using StatusNet?"
- Lots of review of various Apps that support StatusNet, Plugins and ways to support people making external projects that work with StatusNet. Expect more very soon!
- JZB wrote up a review of popular default microblogging app for Ubuntu, Gwibber, and mentions Status.Net.
- Glyn Moody wrote a nice article about effects of microblogging, featuring Identi.ca, and how to consider one's post in a community of peers. Funny enough, the article is titled, "How to become Linus Torvalds."
- There has been much hype about making Facebook and Twitter competitors that are Open Source and federated. We encourage all to work together on building the "federated social web." It shouldn't just be FAUXpen (fake open). Accessible APIs to a service ONLY is FAUXpen. We are actively doing this with StatusNet by using the OStatus Protocol. If in doubt about projects basis in REALIDAD (that's spanish for reality), ask the question: Where's the code?
If you have news to report between now and next week, please post it up on the wiki. Happy status updates until then :)