[Noisebridge-discuss] Explore Hubzilla for Noisebridge community site

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 21 19:55:32 UTC 2016

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for writing.  Even though it's not easy to describe your project, could you please give it a try?

I just went to the website, and saw that I needed to register to get a demo -- and since I am already weary of creating logins, I'm disinclined to create a new one for something I don't yet know is useful for me.

But, if you can explain what Hubzilla is, and why it is useful for Noisebridge, I may want to go through the time and effort.

Also, if Hubzilla is open source, please let me know (along with what is and is not open source about Hubzilla).  If Hubzilla is open source, then it is more possible that Noisebridge or other hackerspaces will adopt it if you can create a way to easily explain why it is cool for us (and other hackerspaces).



From: noisebridge-discuss-bounces at lists.noisebridge.net <noisebridge-discuss-bounces at lists.noisebridge.net> on behalf of Andrew Manning <tamanning at zoho.com>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 2:56:54 AM
To: noisebridge-discuss
Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss] Explore Hubzilla for Noisebridge community site

I am a contributor to the Hubzilla<http://hubzilla.org> project, a robust decentralized platform for building connected community sites. It's actually incredibly difficult to summarize Hubzilla in a single sentence, which should be a familiar problem for Noisebridge hackers based on what I've learned about it so far. In any case in a recent message on our community forums<https://lastauth.com/display/a3bd33d463a80c2e9fa4166bb046fd9b03944af7a08c50290f8302e80b71350a@lastauth.com?f=&jsdisabled=0> one of our members said this:

One group that I can think of is NoiseBridge<https://www.noisebridge.net/>. In almost every respect, they are a perfect candidate for Hubzilla. It's a somewhat anarchic group of tinkerers covering a wide array of subjects that cover computer science, av production, 3D Printing, free and open source software, homebrew hardware development, art, music, and much more. Currently, they are reliant on a MediaWiki installation and a handful of mailing lists.

If anything, they would benefit greatly from Hubzilla's stream format, channels, events, and group features. Projects and members within NoiseBridge could operate as channels and federate with the rest of the Free Network. Other hackerspaces may be inclined to follow suit, and some project initiatives may receive exposure for people in other hackerspaces. One such fixture of the physical space of Noisebridge is that they offer a phone line to contact numerous other hackerspaces around the world.
I thought I would reach out and share Hubzilla with your community, since a group of open-source loving hackers would definitely find Hubzilla interesting to learn more about!

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