Mastodon is a free, open-source social network server based on ActivityPub. This is not the official version of Mastodon; this is a separate version (i.e. a fork) maintained by Florence. For more information on Mastodon, you can see the official website and the upstream repo.
This version of Mastodon will include much-wanted changes by the community that are not included in the upstream version of Mastodon. Migrating from the lastest stable release of Mastodon to Florence's Mastodon will always be possible, to ensure that everyone can benefit from these changes.
Florence Mastodon will follow semantic versioning. Essentially, this means that versions will be MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH, where:
- MAJOR version bumps indicate fundamentally incompatible changes. This includes major UI changes, changes to how servers federate, changes that may break existing apps, etc.
- MINOR version bumps indicate new features that don't break backwards compatibility. While it won't explicitly break anything, users may have to go out of their way to use the new feature, and apps may have to explicitly add support for the feature.
- PATCH version bumps are for fixes that don't add any new features.
Because Florence Mastodon is currently less than version 1.0.0, there won't be any PATCH versions, and versions will be of the form 0.MAJOR.MINOR. This basically means that breaking changes can happen often.
Florence Mastodon 0.0.0 is mostly equivalent to Mastodon 2.7.1, with some extra changes added in. Right now, the goal pre-1.0 is to incorporate existing, already-developed changes into the fork so that people have a central version to upgrade to.
1.0.0 will be equivalent to some future, stable release of Mastodon, plus these changes. This could be 2.8 or 2.9 or even 2.10; it depends on how fast development happens. Once this is done, work on new features, plus refinement of existing, larger features (such as Glitch.Social's theme changes) can start.
Be sure to check out the issues on the repository for details!
Copyright (C) 2016-2019 Florence, Eugen Rochko, and many other Mastodon contributors; see AUTHORS.md.
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