You have waited long for this, but it's finally here: Diaspora* 0.1.0.0 If you've been following development on Github, you probably know this release includes some exciting changes - both on the user and admin ends.
After switching over to SemVer for our versioning system, and plugging away at fixing code through our new unstable branch, we're excited to make our first release beyond the Alpha/Beta labels.
Diaspora is growing faster than before because it has become a community-run project; we are evaluating new tools and ways to better communicate. The ball on development is rolling.
I want to talk about teamwork and collaboration today. But first, I need to tell you about some things going on right now, and how they can impact us in a big way. As you might have read yesterday, we are opening up the Diaspora project to be the community-run project that it should have been in the first place. In the past, the user and developer communities wanted to have better representation in the project that they loved and contributed to.
We have been overwhelmed with your support the past week after our announcement of Makr.io and the opening up of signups on joindiaspora.com. This week, we are excited to share with you some important Diaspora announcements.
tl;dr We have launched Makr.io, a sister project to D* that tackles different, but related problems to giving people ownership over their data. Makr, is not replacing D* in any way, and it will complement it even more in the future.
We wanted to take a little time to talk about what we have been working on recently—a project called Makr.io.
This past week was all about fixing, and improving the existing code.
-As a countermeasure against spam, we've set a limit on the maximum amount of users that can be addressed in a message. The limit is 20 people at a time.
There's been a lot of big improvements being pushed into master from community members over the last week. Check out all the new changes that are going on.
This past week, the team has been working further on "trimming the fat" in our codebase, and they've also gone to work on a number of other improvements under the hood.
-The position in the new stream is now remembered, based on what frame is selected.
Hey, here's what's been going on with D* development over the past week.
This past week, we've been focused on the following:
Last week, we focused more on stripping away some of the old, non-essential bits of code that were cluttering up the codebase. We're working on making our code leaner, meaner, and more stable.
-The new Publisher now has some functionality in moving between steps, allowing users to now preview and tweak the content and layout of their post before publishing it.
This is the Diaspora* team's first "mixtape" - a collection of our favorite Internet-finds for the week that we think you might like too. It's not a traditional mixtape in the sense that it isn't just music; we chose to add articles, videos, pictures, and Diaspora* posts - things that a modern "Internet-mixtape" might include. Think of this as our "Happy Hump-Day" gift to you. Enjoy!
...That a big few things have happened in the past few weeks. We just want to give you a brief update of what's been happening, some of which you may have already heard (but maybe not from us).
1. Diaspora in Businessweek: Businessweek profiled Diaspora* in their latest issue! A huge thanks to Karen Weise for truly capturing the evolution of Diaspora. If you want to know where we're headed in the future, be sure to read it here.
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