postActiv

postActiv

Post to people world wide across a federated network - post Activ!

postActiv 1.0

(c) 2016 Maiyannah Bishop

Derived from code copyright various sources:

  • GNU Social (C) 2013-2016, Free Software Foundation, Inc
  • StatusNet (C) 2008-2011, StatusNet, Inc

This is the README file for postActiv, a fork of the free software networking platform GNU social, which refactors the code base and adds several patches and features. It includes general information about the software and the project.

Some other files to review:

  • INSTALL.md: instructions on how to install the software.
  • UPGRADE:.md upgrading from earlier versions
  • CONFIGURE.md: configuration options in gruesome detail.
  • PLUGINS.txt: how to install and configure plugins.
  • EVENTS.txt: events supported by the plugin system
  • COPYING.md: full text of the software license

Information on using GNU social can be found in the "doc" subdirectory or in the "help" section on-line, or you can contact maiyannah on the fediverse at @maiyannah@community.highlandarrow.com or her email at maiyannah.bishop@postactiv.com

About

postActiv is a free software project to develop a social networking platform. It is derived from GNU Social, which is itself derived from StatusNet and Laconica. It helps people in a community, company, or group to exchange short status updates, do polls, annouce events, or other social activites. Users can choose which people to "follow" and receive only their friends' or collegues' status messages. They can also view the public timeline of the site to see everyone, or the "whole known network" timeline, to see all the people in sites that have connected with this one, by someone following them. It provides a similar service to proprietary social network sites, but is decentralized, and with many additional features and an open, free software codebase that you can develop your own plugins for, it is much more awesome.

Using plugins available to postActiv, status messages can be sent to mobile phones or pages, instant messenger clients that implement XMPP, and desktop clients with support for the Twitter API. It is also compatible with plugins developed for GNU Social.

postActiv supports an open standard called OStatus https://www.w3.org/community/ostatus/ that lets users in different networks follow each other. It enables a distributed social network spread all across the Web.

postActive is derived from GNU Social, and GNU Social was originally developed as "StatusNet" by StatusNet, Inc. with Evan Prodromou as lead developer. It is forked form commit bd306bdb in the Nightly branch of GNU Social, available here: https://git.gnu.io/gnu/gnu-social/commit/bd306bdb9fb43e80f9092784602a9508a7d52031

It is shared with you in hope that you too make an service available to your users. To learn more, please see the Open Software Service Definition 1.1: http://www.opendefinition.org/ossd

You can read more about postActiv at the official website: http://postactiv.com

License

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program, in the file "COPYING". If not, see .

IMPORTANT NOTE: The GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) has
*different requirements* from the "regular" GPL. In particular, if
you make modifications to the GNU social source code on your server,
you *MUST MAKE AVAILABLE* the modified version of the source code
to your users under the same license. This is a legal requirement
of using the software, and if you do not wish to share your
modifications, *YOU MAY NOT INSTALL GNU SOCIAL*.

Documentation in the /doc-src/ directory is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, with attribution to "GNU social". See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ for details.

CSS and images in the /theme/ directory are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, with attribution to "GNU social". See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ for details.

Our understanding and intention is that if you add your own theme that uses only CSS and images, those files are not subject to the copyleft requirements of the Affero General Public License 3.0. See http://wordpress.org/news/2009/07/themes-are-gpl-too/. This is not legal advice; consult your lawyer.

Additional library software has been made available in the 'extlib' directory. All of it is Free Software and can be distributed under liberal terms, but those terms may differ in detail from the AGPL's particulars. See each package's license file in the extlib directory for additional terms.

Requirements

The minimum requirements to run postActiv are the following:

  • PHP: PHP 5 or higher is neccesary. We recommend 5.4. PHP 7 should work but is untested so there's probably some stuff that won't work properly.
  • MySQL: You need either a MariaDB or MySQL database available for postActiv to store information in.
  • Web server: You must have either an Apache, nginx, or Litespeed web server configured with PHP support to serve up postActiv. We recommend Apache, but nginx is also well-supported.

Installation

Detailed installation information is in INSTALLING.md, but in basic, you will want to download the branch archive of your choice, unzip it to a web-accessible directory, and then run the Install.php file, which will guide you through further setup. You will want to have a database available for postActiv, of course.

The postActiv repository also contains MoonMan's SensitiveContent as a submodule, which allows users to block the display of attachments on posts that are tagged "NSFW". If you wish to install this plugin, you will have to download the branch of your choice, and then in /plugins/SensitiveContent execute git submodule init and git submodule update. This will require git, of course.

Configuration

The main configuration file for postActiv (excepting configurations for dependency software or some plugins) is config.php in your postActiv root directory. If you edit any other file in the directory, like lib/default.php (where most of the defaults are defined), you will lose your configuration options in any upgrade, so you will want to make changes in the config.php file.

You can read to get the full summary of different options available to customize your postActiv install.

Compatibility

Being a fork of GNU social, most plugins that work with GNU social 1.2.0-beta4, the version of GNU social it was forked from, should also work with postActiv. However, if you run into porting issues with a GNU social plugin that you know works with GNU social but does not with postActiv, please raise an issue in the issue tracker and we can look into this.

Troubleshooting

The primary output for postActiv is syslog, unless you configured a separate logfile. This is probably the first place to look if you're getting weird behaviour from postActiv.

If you wish the postActiv log file to be in another location, specify this with the following in the config.php file:

$config['site']['logfile'] = '/path/to/postactiv.log';

If you're tracking the unstable version of postActiv in the git repository (see below), and you get a compilation error ("unexpected T_STRING") in the browser, check to see that you don't have any conflicts in your code.

In the event you run into problems you can't fix yourself, you can ask for assistance on the users mailing list, at users@postactiv.com

Unstable version

If you're adventurous or impatient, you may want to install the development version of GNU social. To get it, use the git version control tool http://git-scm.com/ like so:

git clone git@git.postactiv.com:postActiv/postActiv.git

In the current phase of development it is probably recommended to use git as a means to stay up to date with the source code. You can choose between these branches:

  • release "stable", few updates, well tested code
  • master "testing", more updates, usually working well
  • nightly "unstable", most updates, not always working

To keep it up-to-date, use 'git pull'. Watch for conflicts!

Further information

There are several ways to get more information about GNU social.

Credits

The following is a list of developers who've contributed to postActiv:

Lead Maintainer / Developer

Contributors

See CREDITS.md for a full listing of contributors to upstream sources such as GNU social or StatusNet.