I received a bit of flak from my first post on Habari, the new blogging software being created by some great designers, and developers because currently they don’t have even a 0.1 release yet. Some people say that Habari has nothing, which honestly isn’t true.
I have actually been able to download the current code via SVN and install it, and test it out. While many features are still missing and the interface can still use much more polish, the software already works both under MySQL and SQLite environments. The installation wasn’t all that different from WordPress’ current installation, nor was it really any more difficult.
Currently the installation comes with only one theme, a default blue and white version of Michael Heilemann’s K2.
With this installation I was able to create drafts and posts, as well as tag my entries. I could also change my user details, and log out. Pretty basic at this point, but with the mock-ups of the administration design already in effect, the administration panel actually looks quite good for this stage in the game.
Some New News on Habari
It looks like former Automattic team member, Bryan Veloso has decided to spend some time helping out with Habari. Not sure yet what his exact role will be, but expect a new website for Habari sometime soon. I am also not sure yet if he is totally putting his name in the project, but he noted that he still has tons of creative energy to throw around, and working with this group is nothing new to him.
Also, Scott Merrill has put up a post on Skippy.net letting the world know his involvement with Habari. He has plans to switch his site over to the tool sometime in the near future once it evolves a little more. He let me know that he will “switch as soon as the templating engine is functional”.
So it’s official: I’m leaving WordPress behind. I’m involved with the development of Habari, the next-generation blogging solution. One might wonder why we’re re-inventing the wheel. Someone recently quipped that we’re past the wheel, and are now working on the hovercar! Nonetheless, an explanation of what Habari offers should help explain why I’m involved.
He lists things like community, innovation and experimentation among other things, and goes into great detail about each area. So if you are looking to learn more about the motivations behind Habari, and why people are joining the project in droves, check out his post on Skippy.net.