Nov 042011

mediagoblin On the 2 of November Mediagoblin 0.1 has been released. What ? You don’t know what’s the GNU Mediagoblin project ?

Mediagoblin GNU is a project that has as goal to get an open source,sort of, “clone” of deviantART, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums and generally of all the online sites that let you upload your media (photos, videos, etc.). Why do it? For the freedom of course, what’s more important than that ?

Some of the problems that the project would like to solve cover the actual ownership of the shared content, data portability and privacy.
Mediagoblin is released under the AGPLv3, which means that if third parties put up services based on Mediagoblin they’ll be obligated to share changes even if they don’t “distribute” the software in the traditional sense.

I forget to say, they are working to get a federated photo sharing site, so there will be multiple sites that share the same information.

The platform is an idea from the creators of Libre.FM (a free alternative to, and GNU Social, the compatibility with Ostatus, a standard protocol maintained by StatusNet , provides support for, The server is based on this software:

The project started in March 2011, so it’s amazing all the work they have done in these months, these are some information from the 0.1.0 announcement:

As we get ready to start coding up federation, aka world domination, we added brand-new deployment documentation — take a look! Better yet, install it and let us know how it went. Last month we added cross site request forgery protection and lost password functionality. There was some significant internal restructuring this month as we gear up for caching and supporting more media types in the next release or so. The translations crew continues to amaze us with their volume and diligence. Watch out world, here we come.

Website and Documentation

I’ve took a look at the official website and i must say that it’s really well designed and nice to be browsed, the team has put a lot of efforts also in this and has got a great website where you can take a tour, to see some of the ready, or soon to be ready, functionality of Mediagoblin.
Also the Documentation is well done and there is a clear how-to on how to install a instance of mediagoblin on your server

Do you want to test mediagoblin as user ? no problem there is also a demo site where you can see the last mediagoblin up and running. Just do not expect too much and not be too hard, making comparisons with other sites, in the end we are only at version 0.1, there is a long way to do yet, but given the principles that underlie this project, i really wish them to dominate the world.

Good Luck Mediagoblin !

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