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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 
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INFOSEC: FUCK YOUR '"BLACK/WHITE NEUTRALITY"!

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | July 4, 2020

The information security (infosec) community has angrily reacted today to calls to abandon the use of the 'black hat' and 'white hat' terms, citing that the two, and especially 'black hat,' have nothing to do with racial stereotyping.



Discussions about the topic started late last night after David Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering at Google, and in charge of Android Security and the Google Play Store, withdrew from a scheduled talk he was set to give in August at the Black Hat USA 2020 security conference.

In his withdrawal announcement, Kleidermacher asked the infosec industry to consider replacing terms like black hat, white hat, and man-in-the-middle with neutral alternatives.

These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).

— David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020

While Kleidermacher only asked the industry to consider changing these terms, several members mistook his statement as a direct request to the Black Hat conference to change its name.

With Black Hat being the biggest event in cyber-security, online discussions on the topic quickly became widespread among cyber-security experts, dominating the July 4th weekend.

While a part of the infosec community agreed with Kledermacher, the vast majority did not, and called it virtue signaling taken to the extreme.

Most security researchers pointed to the fact that the terms had nothing to do with racism or skin color, and had their origins in classic western movies, where the villain usually wore a black hat, while the good guy wore a white hat.

Others pointed to the dualism between black and white as representing evil and good, concepts that have been around since the dawn of civilizations, long before racial divides even existed between humans.

Right now, the infosec community doesn't seem to be willing to abandon the two terms, which they don't see as a problem when used in infosec-related writings.
MORE COMMENTS: https://www.zdnet.com/article/infosec-community-disagrees-with-changing-black-hat-term-due-to-racial-stereotyping/

#programming #computer #science #software #development #infosec #black hat #resistance #goggle #hackers #internet #censorship #freedom #sexism #social #web #human rights #sanctimony #activism #activist #correctness #meetoo #blacklivesmatter #racism #racist #USA #research #cyber-security #security #privacy
 

Citing software with style – Software Heritage


#biblatex #software
Citing software with style
 

Coming soon: A new site for fully free #collaboration


source: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/coming-soon-a-new-site-for-fully-free-collaboration
As we said in an end-of-year post highlighting our work supporting free software #development and #infrastructure, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is planning to launch a public code hosting and collaboration #platform ("forge"), to launch in 2020.
#software #freedom #fsf #news #coder #developer
 

Coming soon: A new site for fully free #collaboration


source: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/coming-soon-a-new-site-for-fully-free-collaboration
As we said in an end-of-year post highlighting our work supporting free software #development and #infrastructure, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is planning to launch a public code hosting and collaboration #platform ("forge"), to launch in 2020.
#software #freedom #fsf #news #coder #developer
 

Nasa: Boeing umging Sicherheitsprozeduren bei Starliner - Golem.de


TL;DR: Don't trust software developed by boeing!
#nasa #boeing #software
 

Anyone else thinks hackatons are a terrible idea?


A group of programmers in my country ( #czech ) decided they'll create #software for #government for free during 48 hours, for free. While that seems cool at first, I think that is in fact a very #bad idea. Why?

Well imagine you want to do the same e.g. with a building. To save the architect's time and money on his salary you tell him to design the building in one hour as best as he can. While you'll immediately save money, the result will likely be a building that's badly designed, will have many issues you'll be paying for during the next decades.

Hackatons, gaming jams etc. are extremely popular because they look cool and save time, but they create terrible results and teach very bad practice, which is driven by today's short-sighted society. The whole history of #engineering taught us that haste makes waste, but nowadays we're abandoning all sanity because of #capitalism, #markets and #consumerism. The result of course is huge #bloat, ugly, wasteful, obscure, unmaintainable, buggy and even dangerous technology. Let's not do this.

#hackaton #programming #game #jam #suckless #escapekeysociety
 

Anyone else thinks hackatons are a terrible idea?


A group of programmers in my country ( #czech ) decided they'll create #software for #government for free during 48 hours, for free. While that seems cool at first, I think that is in fact a very #bad idea. Why?

Well imagine you want to do the same e.g. with a building. To save the architect's time and money on his salary you tell him to design the building in one hour as best as he can. While you'll immediately save money, the result will likely be a building that's badly designed, will have many issues you'll be paying for during the next decades.

Hackatons, gaming jams etc. are extremely popular because they look cool and save time, but they create terrible results and teach very bad practice, which is driven by today's short-sighted society. The whole history of #engineering taught us that haste makes waste, but nowadays we're abandoning all sanity because of #capitalism, #markets and #consumerism. The result of course is huge #bloat, ugly, wasteful, obscure, unmaintainable, buggy and even dangerous technology. Let's not do this.

#hackaton #programming #game #jam #suckless #escapekeysociety
 
Das Hersteller immer noch nicht verstanden haben, daß dies die schlechteste aller Strategien im Umgang mit Sicherheitslücken ist.

Mal von dem Umstand abgesehen, daß unverschlüsselte Kommunikation seit mindestens fünf Jahren obsolet sein sollte.

Ja, das war das böse Konjunktiv: sollte.

Update ohne Auth auf dem Zielserver? Unverschlüsselt?
Da ist dann aber doch wenigstens die Updatedatei durch Signaturen geschützt, oder?
Ein Angreifer hätte nun versuchen können, diesen Hash selbst zu berechnen. Aber das war gar nicht notwendig. In unseren Tests reichte es bereits, den entsprechenden Eintrag namens "dirhash" leer zu lassen. Einen leeren Wert akzeptierte Quincy als gültig und führte anschließend die von uns manipulierte setup.exe aus. Der Angriff funktionierte auf diese Weise mit der Version von Quincy, die zum Zeitpunkt unserer Tests Ende Oktober aktuell war
https://glm.io/145428

#FrauStreisand #Security #Software

Hersteller um Stellungnahme gebeten, Anwaltskanzlei antwortet https://www.golem.de/print.php?a=145428 RT Dr. Streisand bitte zur Post-Mortem-Analyse in Station 23, Dr. Streisand bitte https://twitter.com/nitram2342/status/1204531431214637058 #Quincy
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Microsoft Access: The Database Software That Won’t Die

Funny thing, I recently built a serial letter in Word from Office 365 and it offered me to store the addresses in an access database file...

#Microsoft #software #Access #Office
 

Hiring is Broken And Yours Is Too – Software the Hard way


#software #programming #hiring
 
Good post about W3W, some new points/problems with it I wasn't aware of (eg the dodgy internationalisation) as well as some familiar concerns:

Why bother with What Three Words?

#w3w #whatthreewords #technology #proprietary #software
Why bother with What Three Words?
 

Four Better Rules for Software Design


This is actually a very refreshing perspective compared to the traditional definitions.

#programming #software

<https://naildrivin5.com/blog/2019/07/25/four-better-
rules-for-software-design.html>
 
#software #Apollo11
 
#legal #law #copyright #foss #oss #opensource #software #game #games #gaming #psx #playstation #playstation1 #spongebob #gpl #gplviolation #programming #computerscience
 

Habt ihr gestern noch über den Notebad-Bug gelacht? Als vim-User?


Heute lachen nur noch die Emacs-User:

https://github.com/numirias/security/blob/master/doc/2019-06-04_ace-vim-neovim.md

#software #bugs
 

Habt ihr gestern noch über den Notebad-Bug gelacht? Als vim-User?


Heute lachen nur noch die Emacs-User:

https://github.com/numirias/security/blob/master/doc/2019-06-04_ace-vim-neovim.md

#software #bugs
 

South Korea's government will switch to Linux over cost concerns

Some governments might have fallen out of love with Linux, but South Korea appears ready to start a torrid affair. The country's Ministry of the Interior and Safety has outlined plans to switch government computers from Windows to Linux due to both lower costs and a reduced dependency on a single operating system. The Ministry will trial Linux on its PCs and roll it out more broadly if there aren't any major compatibility or security issues.
#software #computing #technology #business #microsoft #linux #southkorea #opensource
 

South Korea's government will switch to Linux over cost concerns

Some governments might have fallen out of love with Linux, but South Korea appears ready to start a torrid affair. The country's Ministry of the Interior and Safety has outlined plans to switch government computers from Windows to Linux due to both lower costs and a reduced dependency on a single operating system. The Ministry will trial Linux on its PCs and roll it out more broadly if there aren't any major compatibility or security issues.
#software #computing #technology #business #microsoft #linux #southkorea #opensource
 

The false dichotomy of Worse Is Better vs. The Right Thing


I'll assume you know about the titular debate, if not here's a decent analysis. In this post I want to go further and show that both approaches are wrong. None of this should sound original to those who know design but unfortunately few in the developer community do.

Any kind of engineering is ultimately about people, their quirks and limitations. The Worse Is Better side understands the limitations of developers and correctly notes that complex products often don't ship at all because their developers run out of time and money before the first usable version sees the light of the day. Also given the iterative nature of design it makes sense to start small and make incremental advances so that potential users can stay in the loop and provide feedback.

The Right Thing side understands the limitations of end users and deservedly criticizes the WIB side for producing software with user-hostile UX. Because the opensource culture is heavily influenced by Unix the WIB approach permeates it to a large degree. However, at this point the mountain of evidence clearly outweighs whatever arguments the WIB side can offer. For example, the essay that sparkled the debate mentions the original Unix approach to handling interrupted system calls -- that approach has since been fixed virtually everywhere because it makes system call handling onerous. Or here now-well-known design expert Don Norman argues that command line experience in Unix is 'horrid'. That article is from 1981, a few years after Unix was released into the wild. Then there's The Unix-Haters Handbook from 1994 that describes something similar. And finally you can look at modern reports of companies getting pwned because some admin misconfigured an internet-facing server. The WIB side will say that, well, they should've known better, they should've read the manual, but I hope you can see the pattern. Git has a similar story: lots of cowboys ready to jump to its defense but also lots of pain and fucked up repos, and even some analysis of what exactly is wrong with Git's architecture and UI.

Like I said before, engineering is ultimately about people and here we have two sides: developers and users. Therefore the correct approach is to consider them both. To some extent this is what MVP is about but, as this article argues, in practice it's often interpreted as producing half-assed products for the sole purpose of getting feedback. The article calls the holistic approach SLC (Simple, Lovable, Complete) meaning that every iteration should be a complete product. This idea that even at 0.0.1 you're building a complete product is quite important. If you are a perfectionist, like myself, this is where to redirect your perfectionism -- at finding the most minimal but complete design at every iteration. When it comes to 'lovable', function-over-form minimalist designs often look attractive and age well, so even if you aren't good at aesthetics you can still do OK if you just keep it simple. Engineering is essentially an art of finding the sweet spot where a product has a high degree of design integrity and a simple mental model for its users but is also approachable for its developers.

#opensource #software #programming #engineering #methodology #design #therightthing #worseisbetter #mvp #slc #minimalism #perfectionism
 

The false dichotomy of Worse Is Better vs. The Right Thing


I'll assume you know about the titular debate, if not here's a decent analysis. In this post I want to go further and show that both approaches are wrong. None of this should sound original to those who know design but unfortunately few in the developer community do.

Any kind of engineering is ultimately about people, their quirks and limitations. The Worse Is Better side understands the limitations of developers and correctly notes that complex products often don't ship at all because their developers run out of time and money before the first usable version sees the light of the day. Also given the iterative nature of design it makes sense to start small and make incremental advances so that potential users can stay in the loop and provide feedback.

The Right Thing side understands the limitations of end users and deservedly criticizes the WIB side for producing software with user-hostile UX. Because the opensource culture is heavily influenced by Unix the WIB approach permeates it to a large degree. However, at this point the mountain of evidence clearly outweighs whatever arguments the WIB side can offer. For example, the essay that sparkled the debate mentions the original Unix approach to handling interrupted system calls -- that approach has since been fixed virtually everywhere because it makes system call handling onerous. Or here now-well-known design expert Don Norman argues that command line experience in Unix is 'horrid'. That article is from 1981, a few years after Unix was released into the wild. Then there's The Unix-Haters Handbook from 1994 that describes something similar. And finally you can look at modern reports of companies getting pwned because some admin misconfigured an internet-facing server. The WIB side will say that, well, they should've known better, they should've read the manual, but I hope you can see the pattern. Git has a similar story: lots of cowboys ready to jump to its defense but also lots of pain and fucked up repos, and even some analysis of what exactly is wrong with Git's architecture and UI.

Like I said before, engineering is ultimately about people and here we have two sides: developers and users. Therefore the correct approach is to consider them both. To some extent this is what MVP is about but, as this article argues, in practice it's often interpreted as producing half-assed products for the sole purpose of getting feedback. The article calls the holistic approach SLC (Simple, Lovable, Complete) meaning that every iteration should be a complete product. This idea that even at 0.0.1 you're building a complete product is quite important. If you are a perfectionist, like myself, this is where to redirect your perfectionism -- at finding the most minimal but complete design at every iteration. When it comes to 'lovable', function-over-form minimalist designs often look attractive and age well, so even if you aren't good at aesthetics you can still do OK if you just keep it simple. Engineering is essentially an art of finding the sweet spot where a product has a high degree of design integrity and a simple mental model for its users but is also approachable for its developers.

#opensource #software #programming #engineering #methodology #design #therightthing #worseisbetter #mvp #slc #minimalism #perfectionism
 

Neue Kaiserära in Japan: Das Jahr-1-Problem - Golem.de

Wenn in Japan mit dem 1. Mai der Kaiser wechselt, ändert sich auch die Zeitrechnung: Die Kalender springen zurück auf das Jahr 1. Das beschäftigt nicht nur die Gesellschaft, sondern auch IT-Abteilungen. Es gibt Angst vor Bugs und Datenverlust.
Als ich davon das erste Mal gehört hatte, musst ich auch dran denken wie viel legacy software es wohl noch gibt, die de Äranamen fest im Code hat und x handgefrickelte Methoden zur Berechnung von Daten.

#Japan #Y2K #Software
 
Ja, warum eigentlich
Ursprünglich geteilt von @Jürgen Christoffel

Warum nutzen Behörden eigentlich so häufig teure Standardprogramme? Wenn alle durch die öffentliche Hand finanzierten Softwareprojekte OpenSource wären, würden sich interessante Synergieeffekte ergeben.

Wenn Behörden-Software uns allen gehören würde

#OpenSource #PublicCode #Programmcode #Behörden #Software #Lizenzen
 

Reiwa: Japan prepares to enter new era of 'fortunate harmony' | World news | The Guardian

Japanese public bodies and companies now have a month to incorporate the new era’s name into their paperwork and computer systems before Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the country’s 126th emperor. The new gengo will appear on everything from train tickets and software to official documents and calendars.
Poor software developers :(
I wonder how many bugs are there and how many times this era was hardcoded into the software...

#programming #software #japan #era
 
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In a future not so far away, one Artificial Intelligence prevailed above all other AI’s and their governments. Society has migrated to a permanently integrated reality connected to a single neural network which continuously optimizes their experiences by processing personal data.

Nathan, an outsider still refusing to comply to the new system, is making a living off the grid as a smuggler of modded hardware and cracked software. Geared up with his custom headset, he is among the few that can still switch AR off and see reality for what it is.

VALENBERG [Pixel Art, Animation] MASTER BOOT RECORD [Story, Music, FX] ELDER0010 [Code, Text Mode, Hacking]

The musics are fucking cool ! And it’s VALENBERG on the pixel art, you know, the guy behind Perturbator music video !!!


Take a look at the announcement .

#game #linux #pixelart #pixel #metal #music
#art #hack #privacy #hardware #software
#hacking #cyberpunk #cyber #punk #future
#AI #government #steam #code #reality
 
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In a future not so far away, one Artificial Intelligence prevailed above all other AI’s and their governments. Society has migrated to a permanently integrated reality connected to a single neural network which continuously optimizes their experiences by processing personal data.

Nathan, an outsider still refusing to comply to the new system, is making a living off the grid as a smuggler of modded hardware and cracked software. Geared up with his custom headset, he is among the few that can still switch AR off and see reality for what it is.

VALENBERG [Pixel Art, Animation] MASTER BOOT RECORD [Story, Music, FX] ELDER0010 [Code, Text Mode, Hacking]

The musics are fucking cool ! And it’s VALENBERG on the pixel art, you know, the guy behind Perturbator music video !!!


Take a look at the announcement .

#game #linux #pixelart #pixel #metal #music
#art #hack #privacy #hardware #software
#hacking #cyberpunk #cyber #punk #future
#AI #government #steam #code #reality
 
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In a future not so far away, one Artificial Intelligence prevailed above all other AI’s and their governments. Society has migrated to a permanently integrated reality connected to a single neural network which continuously optimizes their experiences by processing personal data.

Nathan, an outsider still refusing to comply to the new system, is making a living off the grid as a smuggler of modded hardware and cracked software. Geared up with his custom headset, he is among the few that can still switch AR off and see reality for what it is.

VALENBERG [Pixel Art, Animation] MASTER BOOT RECORD [Story, Music, FX] ELDER0010 [Code, Text Mode, Hacking]

The musics are fucking cool ! And it’s VALENBERG on the pixel art, you know, the guy behind Perturbator music video !!!


Take a look at the announcement .

#game #linux #pixelart #pixel #metal #music
#art #hack #privacy #hardware #software
#hacking #cyberpunk #cyber #punk #future
#AI #government #steam #code #reality
 

Ethiopian Airlines boss confirms suspect flight software was in use when 737 Max 8 crashed • The Register


https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/26/737_crash_update/

@Andrea Borgia

#aviation #software #boeing
 
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Fediverse, how do I know what version my server runs?


Sometimes you're in a situation when you want to know which version of a software the instance you are using runs.
For example, the software rolls out a cool new feature you read about somewhere. But of coarse it's only in the very newest version.
Or you are on the search for a new instance and you want to check if it is somehow outdated or pretty modern.

So I decided to find out how you can find out what version the software is running.

#diaspora*


If you are logged in it's on the sidebar



And if you ain't logged in you can find it on the bottom of the landing page
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#Friendica


In general: You want to access the site https://your.friendica.server/friendica

So you can type that into the url bar of your browser and you'll get a page like this:
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You can access that page if you are logged in when you click your nickname-menu in the upper right corner, that choose "help" scroll down and there is a link to the version-page
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If you are not logged in there is an Info-I in the upper right corner (e.g. on the log in page, but also on the register page…)
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#Funkwhale


No matter if you are logged in or not, scroll down on any page there will be some footer and most likely in the very left column it tells you the version of the instance:
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#Hubzilla


Access https://your.hubzilla.server/siteinfo by typing this into your address bar or for example by clicking Burger-Menu → Help → About this pod → Siteinfo as seen on the screenshot:

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On that page you can see the version of your hubzilla hub:
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#Mastodon


There seem to be several ways to find the version. For example, if you are logged in and you have the standard view with "first steps" in the very right column it tells the version on the bottom of that column:
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Or you try to access one of the "meta"-pages of your server like /explore or /about/more or /terms. On all these pages the version in noted in the footer at the bottom of the page:
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Matrix


I have no idea, it probably depends on your client. Maybe someone has a hint for me

#Misskey


On the landing page if you're not logged in the version info is in the bottom right corner. If you are logged in it's on the left side.

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#Peertube


No matter if you're logged in or not on every single page on the verry bottom in the middle of the page/column it says something like
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#Pixelfed


On any and every page of pixelfed there is a text "Powered by Pixelfed" in the bottom right corner. You have to hover that text with your mouse to get the version information.
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#Pleroma


I couln't find a way to get the version on the web interface (tell me if you know) but with as post projects you can access the nodeinfo
Usually it is located at https://your.pleroma.server/nodeinfo/2.0.json but if not, you can find out the correct URL under https://your.pleroma.server/.well-known/nodeinfo. If your browser cannot render the JSON proper you can paste the content into a json viewer and hit "viewer".
Somewhere is a block "software" that contains the field "version" where you can find pleromas version. Don't confuse it with the "version"-statement for the document (for example 2.0 or 2.1 that is the nodeinfo-version, not the pleroma-version).

#Plume


As far as I can see it's written on every page in the pages footer on the left site:
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easy huh?

#Wordpress


As of the wide usual customization of wordpress I couldn't find a way how most of the instances expose their version. Try to follow the nodeinfo -way I discribed at Pleroma because it seems some (many?) wordpress instances use it.

#WriteFreely


(once known as "write.as")
Like some other projects the version of a write freely instance is pointed out at the bottom of almost every page:
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This article and all images are licensed as #cc-by so if you have more information about this or something is outdated: Feel free to take this text, modify and repost it as your own. Just don't forget to give me ( @Deus Figendi ) attribution.
The projects I chose to explain here were those with the most nodes on the-federation.info (except ActivityRelay because it's not so relevant for users). And the order is alphabetically.

#fediverse #federatoin #decentralnetwork #activitypub #lightpub #version #tutorial #overview #help #ccby #software #thefederation @The Federation #nodeinfo
 
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Fediverse, how do I know what version my server runs?


Sometimes you're in a situation when you want to know which version of a software the instance you are using runs.
For example, the software rolls out a cool new feature you read about somewhere. But of coarse it's only in the very newest version.
Or you are on the search for a new instance and you want to check if it is somehow outdated or pretty modern.

So I decided to find out how you can find out what version the software is running.

#diaspora*


If you are logged in it's on the sidebar



And if you ain't logged in you can find it on the bottom of the landing page
Bild/Foto

#Friendica


In general: You want to access the site https://your.friendica.server/friendica

So you can type that into the url bar of your browser and you'll get a page like this:
Bild/Foto

You can access that page if you are logged in when you click your nickname-menu in the upper right corner, that choose "help" scroll down and there is a link to the version-page
Bild/Foto

If you are not logged in there is an Info-I in the upper right corner (e.g. on the log in page, but also on the register page…)
Bild/Foto

#Funkwhale


No matter if you are logged in or not, scroll down on any page there will be some footer and most likely in the very left column it tells you the version of the instance:
Bild/Foto

#Hubzilla


Access https://your.hubzilla.server/siteinfo by typing this into your address bar or for example by clicking Burger-Menu → Help → About this pod → Siteinfo as seen on the screenshot:

Bild/Foto

On that page you can see the version of your hubzilla hub:
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#Mastodon


There seem to be several ways to find the version. For example, if you are logged in and you have the standard view with "first steps" in the very right column it tells the version on the bottom of that column:
Bild/Foto

Or you try to access one of the "meta"-pages of your server like /explore or /about/more or /terms. On all these pages the version in noted in the footer at the bottom of the page:
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Matrix


I have no idea, it probably depends on your client. Maybe someone has a hint for me

#Misskey


On the landing page if you're not logged in the version info is in the bottom right corner. If you are logged in it's on the left side.

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#Peertube


No matter if you're logged in or not on every single page on the verry bottom in the middle of the page/column it says something like
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#Pixelfed


On any and every page of pixelfed there is a text "Powered by Pixelfed" in the bottom right corner. You have to hover that text with your mouse to get the version information.
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#Pleroma


I couln't find a way to get the version on the web interface (tell me if you know) but with as post projects you can access the nodeinfo
Usually it is located at https://your.pleroma.server/nodeinfo/2.0.json but if not, you can find out the correct URL under https://your.pleroma.server/.well-known/nodeinfo. If your browser cannot render the JSON proper you can paste the content into a json viewer and hit "viewer".
Somewhere is a block "software" that contains the field "version" where you can find pleromas version. Don't confuse it with the "version"-statement for the document (for example 2.0 or 2.1 that is the nodeinfo-version, not the pleroma-version).

#Plume


As far as I can see it's written on every page in the pages footer on the left site:
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easy huh?

#Wordpress


As of the wide usual customization of wordpress I couldn't find a way how most of the instances expose their version. Try to follow the nodeinfo -way I discribed at Pleroma because it seems some (many?) wordpress instances use it.

#WriteFreely


(once known as "write.as")
Like some other projects the version of a write freely instance is pointed out at the bottom of almost every page:
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This article and all images are licensed as #cc-by so if you have more information about this or something is outdated: Feel free to take this text, modify and repost it as your own. Just don't forget to give me ( @Deus Figendi ) attribution.
The projects I chose to explain here were those with the most nodes on the-federation.info (except ActivityRelay because it's not so relevant for users). And the order is alphabetically.

#fediverse #federatoin #decentralnetwork #activitypub #lightpub #version #tutorial #overview #help #ccby #software #thefederation @The Federation #nodeinfo
 
#Affinity is doing a #Spring Sale. Right now you can buy Affinity #Photo and / or Affinity #Designer for 43,99 € each.



#Software #Photography #Sale
 
From the point of view of a billionaire, many things look different.
#Gates was a gifted software developer, but also a tough businessman.
He did not take it so seriously with the #copyright of others.
And #antitrust violations helped him build his #software empire.
Today, he criticizes Edward #Snowden for having broken the law and
calls for stricter international standards for the protection of
intellectual property rights.
#Microsoft, #MSDOS, #QDOS, #Windows, #OpenSource, #Linux, #MicrosoftDilemma
 
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