Osada is Being Sunsetted

A recent announcement was made by Mike Macgirvin on the current status of the Osada project. In short, it doesn’t sound like a particularly hopeful future for this particular platform:

Osada will be spun off (separated from Zap) and officially abandoned. If you want to take over the project, go for it. The implementation of Zot6 there is now frozen because future Zot6 work (and Zot8 – more on that in a moment) will not be compatible with ActivityPub. At all. As far as I know Osada is the only viable ActivityPub server for events and groups, but Friendica and Hubzilla aren’t very far off.

Mike Macgirvin, lead developer
A demonstration of Osada’s user interface.

For those of you who don’t remember, Osada was a new platform with a UI reminiscent of Hubzilla that was specifically developed to support both Zot6 and ActivityPub-based networks. Macgirvin seems to indicate, in hindsight, that this was a mistake.

Zot6 uses Activitystreams (not ActivityPub) as a serialisation format. The actor/object model may be elegant for expressing content, but it falls on its face when relayed between two actors with different permission expectations. ActivityPub folks haven’t encountered this issue because they have no working permissions system.

Sean Tilley

Sean Tilley has been a part of the federated social web for over 15+ years, starting with his experiences with Identi.ca back in 2008. Sean was involved with the Diaspora project as a Community Manager from 2011 to 2013, and helped the project move to a self-governed model. Since then, Sean has continued to study, discuss, and document the evolution of the space and the new platforms that have risen within it.

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