Released the new version of the decentralized communications platform Hubzilla 4.6

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After 3 months of development, the launch of the platform to build decentralized social networks Hubzilla 4.6. Hubzilla is a general purpose communications server integrated with a web publishing system and a decentralized permit system.

The project provides a communication server that integrates with web publishing systems, equipped with a transparent identification system and access controls in decentralized Fediverse networks. The project code is written in PHP and Javascript and is distributed under the MIT license.

hubzilla supports a unified authentication system to work as a social network, forums, discussion groups, Wiki, article publishing systems and websites. I also implemented a data warehouse with WebDAV support and we work with events with CalDAV support.

The federated interaction is based on the patented Zot protocol, which implements the WebMTA concept to transmit content via WWW in decentralized networks and provides a number of unique functions, in particular, transparent end-to-end authentication "Nomad Identity" within the Zot network, as well as a cloning function for ensure completely identical points of login and user data sets on multiple network nodes.

Sharing with other Fedivers networkse supports the ActivityPub, Diaspora, DFRN, and OStatus protocols.

Hubzilla 4.6 Main New Features

In the new version, in addition to traditional enhancements to existing functions and features, as well as fixes discovered during the previous version period, a new extension "Workflow" is added a tool to implement an interaction system between participants.

Among the areas of its application, it is assumed that should be used as a bug tracking system, while all federated functions of the main platform are supported.

The continuation of the migration process to the current version of the ZotVI protocol, the reference version of which is being developed as part of the related Zap project. A full transition is planned for version 5.0, which will be released in the first quarter of next year.

Added the improved support for work via CDN as well as limited support for embedding SVG images directly into posts using BBcode markup.

The identified problems of interaction with a number of services that use the ActivityPub protocol have been fixed. Also The Hubzilla interface has been improved to work with unsupported "identity nomad" networks.

In addition, the announcement of this new version makes reference that it is actively working to transfer the Hubzilla event notification system to the server-side event mechanism, which should increase the speed and reliability of the delivery, as well how to reduce the load on the interface.

In addition, developers report considering options to migrate main repository of the project from the current Framagit, with the support of the non-profit organization Framasoft, in connection with its planned closure in mid-2021.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Extension of Opengraph support for publications, which now include articles.
  • Significantly redesigned and optimized for speed and extent of resource consumption for external image caching.
  • Improved cross-posting of Hubzilla posts to external platforms and social media, particularly Twitter and Livejournal.
  • Support for automatic discovery of CalDAV and CardDAV services.
  • A full Japanese translation of the interface is included.

Download Hubzilla

For those of you interested in getting the new version of Hubzilla, they can do it from the following link.

Or from the terminal with the following command:

wget https://framagit.org/hubzilla/core/-/archive/master/core-master.zip

As for the Hubzilla installation is really easy since, if you have installed WordPress, Drupal, Jumla, etc. Hubzilla installation will be very easy. It is important to mention that Hubzilla is designed to be installed on servers, even if for home kits, te you can support LAMP to facilitate the installation process.


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