StatusNet is an Open Source project to create a Twitter like service. There is a fan initiative to investigate it's suitability for onboard communication.
Proof of Concept
There is a proof of concept server located at https://grimstatusnet.dyndns.org/statusnet/. Access is by web, iPhone app, Android app, or desktop app. Mobile clients should use grimstatusnet.dyndns.org/statusnet as the server.
A list of known issues with the current proof of concept server.
- Error reported during account creation
- Likely due to incorrect configuration of sendmail
- Should just disable email validation
- After looking at the registration code, sending emails is not configurable. Source needs modification to allow for this. Should be pretty easy to do.
- As of July 2010, native Twitter app doesn't work with StatusNet. Authentication in the app is hardcoded to official Twitter site.
- (may 3, 2011): After twiddling with the configs, iPhone app clients crash. Will investigate.
- (may 3, 2011): Looks like the iPhone app is no longer available on the App Store. StatusNet says a new client is being added.
- Disable attachments
- Doable with configuration $config['attachments']['supported'] = false;, but still see the attachment icon, and receive the misleading error message like "image/png" is not a supported file type on this server. Try using another image format."
- Probably only possible to remove icon with CSS
- Disable location services
- We're gonna be on a boat.
- Done. Need to set the following in the config:
$config['location']['sharedefault'] = false; # sets default to false
$config['location']['share'] = false; # disables user's ability to change default
- Disable OpenID
- Done, need to unload the OpenID plugin with the following in the config:
- Install PHP bytecode accelerator
- APC appears to be the defacto standard
- Disable URL shorteners
- Done by unloading the shorteners:
- Look into disabling URLs
The current proof of concept server is running under a free Amazon EC2 micro instance. Available RAM is 79MB of 613MB. During the current light testing, CPU usage has not exceeded 15%. Likely need 1 GB and a low end processor for real hardware. A small, cheap netbook is almost certainly likely to handle the load.
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