Kune 0.0.9 published (codename “15M”)

What we have seen these days in the movement 15M in the Spanish cities (and extensible to the Arab revolutions), has been a similar scenario to what we have lived all these years in ourproject.org, but condensed in a few days.

When a person or collective needs to have a space in internet:

  • Either they depend on economic resources to hire the creation and management of these spaces… If they don’t have such resources, this option is not feasible.
  • Either they have technical volunteers to perform these tasks. In this case, the people without Internet technical knowledge depend on the technicians, that suffer a lot of demand and are frequently a bottleneck (there are not enough geeks per square meter). In such cases:
    • These geeks use free/libre tools that are old and difficult to use for the general non-geek public (mailman, etherpad, wikis, irc, etc)
    • The geeks focus their efforts in teaching to use these tools to the users. The result is typically the frustration of both groups, as only a small percentage of the users manage to handle successfully in those complex environments
    • There are issues with certain tools that demand too many resources (bandwidth, hard disk, management) such as the email, as it’s complicated to fulfill the demand of so many people for such a service (using free alternatives)
  • When the geek community cannot fulfill all their demands, or when the people/collectives cannot afford these dependencies, these users end up using proprietary tools (groups, emails and chat of google/yahoo/microsoft [1][2][3], blogs in blogspot or wordpress.com [4][5][6][7], flickr [8][9], google-docs [10][11][12], facebook [13][14][15], etc) that due to their usability and simplicity they can manage by themselves. This implies:
    • use of proprietary and centralized software, controlled by multinational for-profit corporations
    • problems of privacy, selling our private data
    • blocking of services, accounts or documents with political implications
    • loss of independency
    • forced to comply with foreign law
    • etc
  • In the worst case, they use tools that they know how to use (Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, etc) and they send each by email different versions of the created documents… communicating through long chain emails and/or without any netiquette.
  • …or simply they cannot manage to have any presence in the internet, as they find it too complicated, turning into mere consumers (non-producers) of information.

In Kune we try to take benefit from our experience these years in ourproject.org in order to facilitate the creation of self-manageable web & communication spaces, for any person or collective, independently of their technical knowledge or economic resources.

That’s why this new version is codenamed 15M. Among other things, we have tried to integrate certain additional tools thinking of the needs observed these days. In fact, what can we do with Kune? Kune offers users and collectives services such as:

  • Email service of new generation, hosted in the Kune server of your trusted collective
  • Chat compatible with gmail and others: person-to-person or group conversations
  • Allows the call for online assemblies with the members of your group/project/initiative and taking minutes (editing them all at once)
  • Collaborative and simultaneous edition of documents (similar to Google Docs) thanks to Apache Wave
  • Social network: management of personal and collective contacts with different levels of privacy
  • Multimedia space: for sharing videos, photos, maps, twitter…
  • Extensions useful for collectives: allows call and development of meetings, decision-making, translation of documents, sharing task lists…
  • …and everything is free/libre software, usable and decentralized, that can be adapted and improved by anyone

You can try Kune in our demo here, and if you think it’s worth it, check how you can help!

[1] https://groups.google.com/group/asamblea-popular-vega-del-tajuna
[2] https://groups.google.com/group/reboot-uk
[3] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/reforma_ley_electoral_15m_bcn/
[4] https://nadiaelawady.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/egypts-revolution-eyewitness-account-january-25-to-29/
[5] https://politicalargoplazoacampadasol.wordpress.com/
[6] http://tahyyes.blogspot.com/
[7] http://15maio.blogspot.com/
[8] http://www.flickr.com/groups/egypt_revolution_2011/
[9] http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacoboictus/5739566757/in/photostream/
[10] https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0Bw2kcVTiRhl5Njk5ZmNmMjYtYTQ2MC00YmRjLTgyMzMtMDBhODYzNmU0NjUx&hl=es
[11] https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AtUC5Tzt8MFudF9rYXRENEUzTnE0V1NLWGcwUXdJa0E&hl=en
[12] https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?hl=en&key=tVDU006Wt97P_GkYYBmPOKQ&hl=en#gid=0
[13] https://www.facebook.com/ElShaheeed
[14] https://www.facebook.com/Syrian.Revolution
[15] https://www.facebook.com/acampadasol

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Kune usability report

Every feedback is welcome, and even more if it’s constructive and useful. This is the case of this one: The IEPALA Foundation [1] has prepared a usability report about Kune (in Spanish, although with understandable designs), in which it studies the usability of Kune and how to improve the issues found.

The report concludes that the general approach of Kune is correct. However, there are several issues with navigation and interaction that cause the user experience not to be completely satisfactory. Thus, the report proposes several changes and alternative designs to overcome these problems.

Nowadays, many of these suggestions are already implemented and will appear in the next release of Kune, while others which are more complex will be addressed later.

Have you tried the Kune demo? What do you think about it? Which things would you change? Every opinion counts and yours as a user even more.

[1] IEPALA is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that focuses its work on the analysis, studies and training in Latin America, Africa and the South, defending and promoting the right of peoples and human rights, and cooperation development of Third World peoples. Currently, IEPALA is fully supporting the development of Kune.

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Kune Sees the Light

After many efforts, delays, getting desperate and several collapses, we are proud and enthusiastic to announce the release of Kune.

Kune is free software (AGPLv3) that focuses on building free/libre contents collaboratively, focused on organization work and web content publishing.

Kune is very focused on free/libre culture while attempting to empower social movements. And Kune, today, is a reality (at least in a preliminary version). You can check out a summary about Kune goals in our new homepage, and at last, you can play with a demo.

Kune attempts to create a piece of software with new added value based on our experience with our initiative ourproject.org since 2002, with the support of IEPALA and their experiences in Red EuroSur and Gloobal, and under the frame of the Comunes Collective.

As stated in a previous post, Kune integrates the Apache Wave-In-A-Box project. With Kune, collectives can use waves to share and edit contents collaboratively in real time, while publishing their contents on the web and connecting with others. Besides, thanks to the Wave Federation Protocol, Kune is decentralized, allowing users of several instances of Kune in different servers to interoperate transparently.

Kune is supported by a pretty small community with few developers and resources. Thus, if by chance Kune sounds interesting to you, please don’t hesitate and consider participating!

On the other hand, if you want to spread the word around, you can freely use the widget of our homepage by inserting the following code into your blog posts:

<iframe
src="http://kune.ourproject.org/introd/kuneintro.html?locale=en"
width="721px" height="655px" width="721px" align="left"
scrolling="no" frameborder="0"></iframe>

Feedback, comments (and patches) are more than welcome ­čÖé

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Presenting status of Kune development Jan-2011

Well, after our last presentation too many things have happened. Let’s try to summarise them briefly.

We started to spread the word about our work in the free/libre/open software community (starting with a face to face meeting with Richard Stallman, who showed us interest in turning Kune a GNU project). We were trying to create a group of followers/participants/supporters around Kune…

However, a few weeks later Google Wave arrived. Suddenly, there was a huge & fantastic project that was overlapping in several parts with Kune, and that was going to be released as free/libre software. Besides, we had multiple things in common:

  • Wave goes in the same direction of our goals, such as:
    • federation/decentralisation & interoperatibility of similar sites
    • concurrent edition of documents
    • easy control versioning
    • user extensibility
  • Wave uses exactly the same technologies we chose to use in 2007 (GWT, Guice, XMPP), improving them with the “Wave protocol” in order to accomplish the previous goals.

Thus, we couldn’t but decide to use/integrate such a gift into our code. However, there was a drawback: that was summer 2009, and since then we had to follow their release calendar. In the meanwhile, we started to play and familiarise with their technology, doing small pieces of software [1][2][3] that we expect to integrate in Kune later on.

In November 2010, they relased Wave in a Box with the bless of Apache Foundation. Thus, we started to integrate WIAB in our code with the participation and support of IEPALA.

By now, we are working in a renewed user interface that mainly:

  • integrates Wave
  • substitutes some libraries and code (because GWT got more mature)

For visualising what we are talking about, here you can see a draft of what we are working on:

Remember, you can participate in Kune in many different ways.

Feedback & impressions, as usual, are more than welcome!

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Presenting status of kune development (Jan-09)

Here is a presentation of Kune, with pieces of video where we try to sum up our aims, together with some Kune features and the current state of development.

Direct download of the video

Presentation without videos

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Status of Kune development (Jan 2008)

Coinciding with the World Social Forum Global Action Day, we are publishing a video showing the current status of development of Kune.

In this video:

  • User creation
  • Group creation
  • Content edition
  • Autosave of documents
  • Tags and ratings
  • Folder navigation
  • Chat-room creation
  • Chat with external users (like Gmail acounts)
  • Edit whilst doing another operation and also chat
  • Search
  • Translation tool
  • Social Network and more…

In this video, the captured mouse pointer is a slightly unsynchronized vertically, apologies.

Please send your feedback to [email protected].

Thanks,

or download it.

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