If you wanna leave some kinda general feedback on 1.6, here is the Discourse thread: https://discourse.joinmastodon.org/t/mastodon-v1-6-0rc1/544
Bug reports go on GitHub of course.
Usually there's about a week's time between first RC and final release.
Since apparently nobody reads what I write, I'll reiterate some points about the protocol stuff, as I see wrong information being spread around.
ActivityPub is a new W3C standard for federated messaging with better privacy support and more future-proofness.
v1.6 of Mastodon implements ActivityPub for the first time, and "prefers" this protocol when it's available. However there is no change at all to how OStatus works in it.
v2.0 will pull the switch on private toot federation over OStatus.
There is a long-term plan of removing OStatus support, as Mastodon has never been intended to be multi-protocol. This plan is not connected to any specific version or date. It's just a general direction. As most of the fediverse plans to switch to/support ActivityPub (e.g. Hubzilla, GNU social), I believe nobody's gonna miss OStatus.
@carlosceb @Gargron true, but there are still no functional activitypub implementations to speak of, at least with any real users. https://distbin.com/ may be the only public one that works at all. right now ostatus vs activitypub fit the classic "deprecated vs not yet available" dichotomy, at least for real world federation. whee.
@Gargron @carlosceb @puck thanks for the nudges! i see in https://project.hubzilla.org/channel/announcements/ that hubzilla said they're working on it, but haven't shipped yet. regardless, agreed, they and you are definitely both big, so i'm happy you're both close!
@heluecht @snarfed @puck @Gargron Yes, sometimes is better to keep the compatibility, sometimes is better to move foward because keeping the compatibility brings too many issues with performance or even security. Keeping Ostatus compatibility while moving to Activitypub is like keeping SSL 3.0 compatibility in the TLS era: pointless, because TLS is the successor of SSL. Also, i recommend the following conference for more info about failed descentralized standards: http://redecentralize.org/conf2015/2016/09/07/13-ten-years-of-standards-failure.html
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