Wordpress import for Chyrp

Chyrp is a lightweight blogging engine, written in PHP, working with SQLite and MySQL. It is possible to create different types of posts, e.g. Text, Video, Photo, Link and Quote. It looks like a good open-source alternative for Tumblr.

I currently try out Chyrp, thinking about to replace my private Wordpress blog. The recent Chyrp version includes an option to import content from the Wordpress-XML export file. But it didn’t work for exports from Wordpress.com-Blogs and the default import creates only Text posts in Chyrp, regardless of the post type of the original Wordpress data. So I fixed it and added an additional chyrp module that enables the import of types posts. My Wordpress branch for Chyrp improves:

  • imports from wordpress.com is possible
  • tag import is fixed (only with enabled tag module)
  • category import was added (only with enabled category module)
  • import typed Wordpress posts (link, quote, video, image) to the right Chyrp feathers (link, quote, video, photo) if they are enabled

Unknown post types are still imported as text feather in Chryp, e.g. gallery posts in Wordpress. Currently it is not possible to import them as Photo posts in Chyrp because the photo feather only allows one image per post.

How to import content from Wordpress.com to Chyrp

  1. Go to your Wordpress.com blog dashboard and navigate to the Tools/Export option. Download your data from there as XML and safe it.
  2. In Chyrp you need to enable the module “Wordpress Post Types Importer” and the Link, Quote, Photo and Video feathers.
  3. In Chyrp you go to Manage/Import and:
    1. choose your Wordpress-XML export file as import data
    2. fill in the URL prefix that was used in to link media (images) in the Wordpress posts. For WP.com it probably is: http://{{yourblogname}}.files.wordpress.com/
  4. Wait for the success message.
  5. Check Manage/Posts to control the import.

That’s it.

Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2013 am Wochenende 16. & 17. März

Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 16./17. März 2013

Auch dieses Jahr möchte ich kurz auf die Chemnitzer Linuxtage hinweisen, die wieder ein volles Programm im Bereich Linux und (Free Libre) Open Source Software haben. Einige der Themen:

Neben weiteren Vorträgen gibt es noch Workshops zu Inkspace, LibreOffice, Python & Django, LaTeX, Rasperry Pi und mehr. Wer nicht direkt vor Ort sein kann, hat die Möglichkeit per Audio- oder Videostream teilzunehmen.

Software Wars: movie about how free software will save the world

> The average computer user is unaware there is a war for freedom going on that will determine the path of modern society. Software Wars is a movie about the battle for our right to share technology and ideas. This software will not be ‘owned’ by corporations like Microsoft, Apple, and Google, who are mostly impeding technological progress.Source: Software Wars @ indiegogo

> The main producer is Keith Curtis, a Seattle-based author and programmer who spent 11 years at Microsoft before being converted to the world of Linux and open-source software. The movie is based on a portion of Curtis’ book, “After the Software Wars,” but he’s working on the project with an extensive virtual team out of L.A. — Source: GeekWire

I already had Curtis’ book from 2009 on my list “20 Free Books on Linux, Open Source Software & Philosophy.”

I wondering if that movie is going to be a objective documentary about the subjects Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) and proprietary systems. I guess it won’t be like that. But at least it could be a movie nice to watch, and it can be used in campaigns for free software projects and as an opposite to proprietary software campaigns that people usually watch every day at TV/commercial breaks.

So let us support the crowdfunding campaign of Software Wars.

PubwichFork 2.1 released

7 months after version 2.0, the new PubwichFork 2.1 comes with improved support for responsive mobile layouts and updated social media service classes.

After saving original Pubwich from death, PubwichFork 2.0 was downloaded appr. 350 times, installs from the repository not included, it attracted attention in some weblogs for web developers, PubwichFork powered sites were shown on barcamps and featured in a professional journal.

Now PubwichFork 2.1 comes with some minor but nice improvements.

Download and installation

That’s easy! Just download the PubwichFork 2.1 archive (we provide Zip and Tar), unpack it in your webspace and follow the config instructions from the manual.

Improvements made in PubwichFork 2.1

Check the changelog for a detailed list of changes.


About PubwichFork

PubwichFork aggregates your latest Social Web and Social Media content across multiple service websites, e.g. your Twitter stream or Flickr photos. Then it renders one single website featuring all your content. PubwichFork is written in PHP and licensed Open-Source under a GPL.

PubwichFork was featured in WebResourcesDepot, La Ferme du Web, PHPspot and Hot Scripts Blog. (only to ping that sites about this realease :)

Zend Framework 2

A little bit more than a month ago Zend Framework 2 stable finally has be seen the light, after all the years of development it was finished earlier than the new Berlin Airport, a never ending story and source for jokes :)

Zend put a new website online and used new URIs for downloads but it seems that they forgot to set redirects, so some install routine of Zend Framework enabled software had to get updated.

Everyone who wants to dive into the new version of the well known PHP framework, check out those nice resources out there:

Since the first release of ZF2, the developer community released two more minor bugfix releases: recent version is 2.0.2.

PubwichFork im Screenguide #15 und warum FLOSS nicht totzukriegen ist

In der aktuellen Ausgabe 15 des Screenguide Magazins wird auch ein Screenshot eines Social Media Newsroom gezeigt, welcher mit PubwichFork realisiert wurde. Leider das freie Softwareprojekt für tot erklärt, was natürlich Quatsch ist. Im Gegensatz zu proprietärer Software kann Software mit freien Lizenzen auch überleben, wenn der Entwickler nicht mehr aktiv ist.

Michael Zinkl von EQS beschreibt im Artikel “Website als Newsroom” Möglichkeiten, um (Firmen-) Aktivitäten innerhalb von Sozialen Netzwerken auch wieder auf der eigenen Webseite zu präsentieren und dadurch auch mehr Möglichkeiten bei der Präsentation dieser Inhalte zu haben. Der im Artikel beschriebene Ansatz beinhaltet das Sammeln der einzelnen Aktivitäten über die von den verschiedenen Social Media Services zur Verfügung gestellten Schnittstellen wie REST-APIs und RSS-Feeds. Auch der Newsroom von Troisdorf, welcher mit PubwichFork realisiert ist, wird als Beispiel im Artikel mit einem Screenshot vorgestellt.

Als softwareseitige Unterstützung zum Aufbau eines eigenen Newsrooms wird unter anderem der Social Media Newsroom der EQS Group vorgestellt. Auch Pubwich wird kurz erwähnt, leider nur mit folgender Aussage, die falsch ist:

Pubwich ist eine Open-Source-Alternative, die kostenlos zur Verfügung steht, jedoch seit 2010 nicht mehr weiterentwickelt wird.

Es ist zwar richtig, dass sich der ursprüngliche Autor und Gründer des Pubwich-Projekts seit 2010 aus der aktiven Entwicklung zurückgezogen hat, deswegen ist Pubwich aber noch lange nicht tot. Seit Mai 2011 gibt es einen Fork von Pubwich, welcher weiterhin aktiv entwickelt wird. PubwichFork steht kurz vor der Veröffentlichung von Version 2.1. Dies hätte man auch leicht über Google oder im Github-Profil von Pubwich herausfinden.

Ich möchte hier niemanden unterstellen, dass die FLOSS-Alternative im Bereich Social-Newsroom-Software für tot erklärt wird, um das eigene proprietäre Produkt besser promoten zu können. Ich gehe eher davon aus, dass leider einfach immer noch nicht die Vorteile von quelloffener Software unter freien Lizenzen verstanden wurden.

Im Gegensatz zu proprietärer Software kann freie Software auch weiterentwickelt werden, wenn der Hersteller oder Hauptautor den Support für die Software eintellt. Proprietäre Software hingegen wäre an dieser Stelle wirklich tot, FreeHand ist dafür ein sehr populäres Beispiel. Nutzer dieser Software haben ein Problem, wenn sie auf die Software angewiesen sind. Im Bereich freier Software ist es dagegen möglich, dass die Software von anderen Parteien übernommen und weiterentwickelt ist, unabhängig wie gut oder schlecht das Projekt geschrieben und dokumentiert ist. Die Möglichkeit ist vorhanden — und wurde im Falle von Pubwich auch genutzt.

Wer mithelfen möchte, PubwichFork weiterhin aktiv und lebendig bleibt, ist herzlich eingeladen:

Tears of Steel: He just wanted to be awesome in space!

Yesterday Blender Foundation released director Ian Hubert’s new short film Tears of Steel, a movie about a group of warriors and scientists, who gather at the “Oude Kerk” in Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past, in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.

The 4th movie of the Blender foundation, after Elephants Dream (2006), Big Buck Bunny (2008), and Sintel (2010), is not fully trick animated, it’s a mix between real places and actors and CGI animation. It doesn’t matter if you like or not like the story and actors, the movies really shows what is possible with free software and volunteers. The movie was financed by Blender’s user community, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Cinegrid consortium, and by corporate sponsors such as Google.

Currently you can watch Tears of Steel online via YouTube, download and torrent links will be provided soon, when mirrors have been synced. A DVD release is planned with a lot of additional features, e.g. all sources.

Tears of Steel is released under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Fun fact: the movie project name was/is Mango, the soldier in the movie drinks mango juice.

Related sources about the Tears of Steel movie

(via Karl-Tux-Stadt)

20 Free Books on Linux, Open Source Software & Philosophy

Very often we only need some quick tips and tutorials to solve our problems. Nethertheless it is still great to dive in deeper, get a wider background of knowledge. So, books are still great.

This list is based on three compilation done by Linux Mint tumblr and my bookmarks about books.

All of the book are free, at least free as in free beer. Some of them are licensed under a free and open license. Most of the books are available in various ebook formats and paper versions, please consider to buy one if you like it. Now, enjoy the list:

General Usage & Administration

FLOSS & Philosophy

Creation & Programming

$ learn -cli -bash -o=brain.txt

More Books & Resources

Thank you for talking about PubwichFork!

You need to attract people to make Open Source software projects successful. That’s the reason why I wanna say thank you to everybody who spread the message about PubwichFork. You are as important as the software itself.

Creating an Open Source software project is easy, getting attention is hard because we have so many great software projects. Small FLOSS projects do not have budget to buy commercial advertising, neither they have a big community at the beginning — they live on word-of-mouth recommendations.

WebResourcesDepot, La Ferme du Web and PHPspot introduced PubwichFork to their readers after the PubwichFork 2.0 was released. Recently the Hot Scripts Blog list it in their top three most popular social wall scripts.

I want to thank especially every single person who tweeted and bookmarked it, contributed feature requests and bug reports.

Please keep it on! Do not stop spreading the word. It’s important!

Open Source by numbers: Measuring activity of FLOSS projects

I probably wrote it before: Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) rules. The FLOSS ecosystem seems to be well grown and it don’t stop beeing active, even if not all projects are outstanding like the Linux kernel. Let’s check the numbers.

Rich Sands from Ohloh/BlackDuck made some analytics on open source projects, he gave a talk at Linux Collaboration Summit and wrote a blog post about his findings.

The quick facts from the “Open Source By The Numbers” slides are (maybe truth is forged by my interpretation):

  • Github: over 4.75 mio repositories
  • Sourceforge lost importance: “only” 324.000 projects
  • Ohloh: more than a half million projects are listed (appr. 50% of them were used for the statistics)
  • project “liveness” could be measured in recent code changes and team size
  • only a bit more that 1/6 of all projects on Ohloh made code commits in the last year
  • GNOME activity is little behind KDE (euphoristic view: GNOME needs fewer bug fixes)
  • too many Java developers out there :)
  • Python, PHP and Javascript attracting more people now than 5 years ago
  • small projects prefered for contributions and participation
  • long-term traction is the lottery win

Btw, personal stats: I got my Ohloh profile almost 5 years ago, it is related to 12 projects, Ohloh ranks me on #8323, with 815 total commits, 135.120 lines changes and a comment ratio of 20.4%. Join me there, maybe on Foafpress or PubwichFork.