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Habari 0.6 Released

It has been a long while since I’ve covered Habari on this blog, and I am still interested in the developments of the blog platform. With the latest release, it doesn’t seem like they’ve put much “fanfare” into it, and here are some details from their dev blog.

We’re really happy to announce our 0.6 release, which brings in the Access Control List (ACL)-based permissions system we’ve been working so hard on, along with oh, about 1100 bug fixes and other improvements. See the release notes for details.

With the addition of the extensible ACL system, Habari is now ideal for creating a variety of websites. Whether a single blog or a corporate publishing hub, you have granular control over permissions for every author and visitor to the blog. You can decide who can modify what, and where. To show off the ACL system, we’ve included a new ‘private posts’ plugin that lets you limit the visibility of posts to a subset of registered users.

I think they need to work on their marketing text for releases, as the improvements are no small feat, and improve the software greatly. Check out Habari, if you are looking to try out a different blogging platform.

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Habari 0.4 Released

Habari is continuing to evolve and mature, but it has been a long time since we mentioned it here on Blogging Pro, and there is a reason for that, its development has been slow.

This means that they aren’t pushing forward fast enough to continue to capture my attention, which could be losing them the audience they were hoping for. I am impressed at their continued work towards creating a blogging platform that breaks down barriers between publishers and getting their content out there.

There are many significant enhancements in this version, including the addition of exciting new media management functionality, the genesis of a working permissions system, and many useful UI enhancements. Of course, there are a lot of improvements under the hood, which you can review in the release notes or in the commit log, which describes all 230 code changes since our last release.

If you haven’t heard of Habari, and you are interested, definitely check out their site, Personally, I will be waiting until they get to version 1.0 before jumping both feet forward into their project once again.

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Interview with Habari Developers

Over on Blog Kazani, a blog that looks very similar somehow to this one, is a post that is very lengthy, but it gives some great information on where Habari came from and where it is going. Khaled Abou Alfa, Scott Merrill, Owen Winkler and others answered a variety of questions.

One of the questions that interested me the most was when normal people can expect to see a version released for them.

moeffju: When it’s done : )

epithet: As soon as there are enough ponies to merit a stable.

lairmail: When it’s done.

chrisdmitri: We have a commitment, especially in these early days, to release when its ready. We want to release something beautiful and as bug free as possible. This means a bit more development and testing time than some people are used to.

smerrill: When it’s done.

Check out the full interview over at Blog Kazani.

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Habari Developers Release 0.2

A new developers release has been put out for Habari, and you can expect things like the beginnings of a user manual, event logging, dynamic content types, and tons of cleaned up stuff.

The development team and community behind Habari are proud to announce the release of Habari Version 0.2. This is a “Developers Review” version, and as such, is not yet recommended for every-day use. However, if you would like to join the Habari community, and be a part of developing Habari into the great application we’re hoping it will be, this is a great starting point.

If you have been wondering what happened to Habari, now you know. Download the new release on their Google Code site.

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Habari Developer Release Released!

Well, it has been a long time coming, but it has finally arrived. Version 0.1 of Habari, a Developer Release, has been released. You don’t need understanding of SVN or anything to get the latest version, instead they are packaged nicely in both a zip and gzipped format.

The Habari Community is proud to announce the immediate availability of version 0.1 of the Habari Blogging Platform.

Version 0.1 is a Developers Release: this version won’t have all the bells and whistles, but it is a fully functioning version of our codebase. The Developer Release is meant for those of you who would like to take it for a spin and see what makes it tick. It is not recommended you use the DR for a production site.

Please report any issues found on the issue tracker, seek help on the users list, or the IRC channel and above all have fun.

Check it out at

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Habari Developer Release?

In January, I noted that a group was forming to create Habari, a blogging platform that was supposed to be forward looking, and now, over three months later, we still haven’t seen a developer release of Habari in the wild, but that might be changing soon with posts on the newsgroup saying that April 1st might just be the day.

I know it seems like an odd day to release anything, but like it was pointed out in the recent conversations, April 1st was the release of Google’s Gmail, and look how well that has done.

I am still hesitant that they will make their April 1st tentative date, as the banter on the newsgroups has greatly diminished over the last month or so. While I would like to think this is because they are getting close to a release, it is just as likely that many of the secondary names that had attached themselves to the project have run out of steam, and thus dropped out.

Here is hoping for Habari.

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Quick Habari Update

There is a few new things to talk about in regards to Habari, a piece of blogging software that hasn’t even seen a developer release yet, but is getting tons of attention. It recently was given a nod from Scoble in his blog.

It’s a new group that’s building new blog software. Why do I care? Because it’ll be interesting to see what a new group comes up with and because I saw several blogs (especially on Chris Davis‘ blog) mention it today.

I’ve seen this happen several times and new companies almost always result out of the effort.

Interesting that at least some people feel that Automattic’s and Six Apart’s things aren’t good enough and want to run in a new direction. I wish them luck and will be watching them.

This of course prompted a reply from Chris J Davis who let it be known that the people working on Habari have no ill will when it comes to other publishing platforms, and that they’d rather work together on some things.

Some other interesting news includes Habari getting its own website. Rather than just using Google Code, Habari will slowly start to reside on

The last important announcement I wanted to mention is the first Habari only theme, Galileo. Having its own theme, and not a ported theme, means that things are really moving along in my mind.

I hope to see more movement on Habari soon, and I will try to keep up with all that is going on.

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Owen, Habari and Developer Release Date Set

Owen Winkler, one of the head honchos of the Habari development has posted his insight on the project covering things from “what is Habari?” to “When will it be ready for me to try?”. Though he doesn’t answer the when question in his post, it is still a great listing of what made him decide it was time to move on from WordPress.

My favorite question he both asked and answered is the one about the technical specifications of Habari as the software will use PHP5, a MySQL or SQLite PDO, among other things.

Isn’t the high-tech requirement a bit steep for the common blogger?
Last year I started putting my Adsense money to good use, buying cheap hosting at a ton of hosting sites to see if you actually get what you pay for. That plan… It kind of fizzled. But as a result, I’ve got a few hosting plans at a few popular hosts and suddenly a good reason to do some “common man” testing.

As it turns out, Dreamhost, Site5, MediaTemple, and A Small Orange will all support Habari, with a single config line change. If your host isn’t on this short list, your host might even still be able to run Habari. The thought that PHP5 is not widespread enough to be mainstream is, well… about as old as PHP4.

New Post Screen Mock-up

Other than that, on the Developers list, Chris J. Davis let it be known that the core team really wants to get a developer preview release out the door by January 31st, which is only two weeks away. They have a fair bit of work to do before that point, as many people continually try to work on the design, marketing, and other things that certain people would like to have considered secondary goals.

I am interested to see if their developer release will include any documentation, but at this point, I don’t think the core group is too concerned about that.

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Habari: Growing Fast

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 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

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Habari: A New Blogging Tool

What is it?
Habari is a new blog engine. The name comes from the Swahili word that means “what’s the news?” Unlike other blog software currently on the market, Habari will be using more current technologies like object oriented programming techniques, thanks to PHP 5, and some slick interface interactions thanks to AJAX from the prototype library.

They are calling it the blogging system created by bloggers for bloggers, but honestly, you could say the same about other software that is on the market.

Who is involved?
Michael Heilemann, Owen Winkler, Khaled Abou Alfa, Chris J Davis, Scott Merrill and Rich Bowen are just some of the names that have already been added to the roster of developers, designers, and testers.

You might recognize many of the names as people who have been heavily involved with WordPress for some time. It will be interesting to see how many more big names from WordPress jump on board the Habari project.

So far there is no word yet on when any sort of real release will be done, and so that has attracted the attention of many people looking to get their two cents in on what the next blog software package should be like.

What will it look like?
With Khaled Abou Alfa at the helm in regards to designing the Administration page, and Chris J Davis quickly converting the designs into real code, the administration panel is quickly evolving.

Like with any blogging system there are similarities to others that are already out, but the differences make you take note. Khaled has been releasing mock ups as he goes along, and I have included one of the latest over on the right hand side.

Habari Publish Page Mock up
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Currently, I think the design looks a little more barren than I would like to see, but with time I am sure there will be some spit and polish added to the design.

As for the “default” theme, or what users will see after a default install, it looks like Michael Heilmann’s K2 is so far the winner, but I hope to see something new and unique added as the default Habari theme, as K2 makes me think WordPress, and I don’t know if that is the message they want to be sending out.

Who is using it already?
The first one to jump on board and tell the world about the wonders of Habari was Chris J Davis, who on January 3rd, 2006 decided to take the plunge and use it for his personal site. His post, entitled Changes around Sillyness mentions his participation as a core developer and how he will cover his reasons behind leaving the WordPress community behind soon.

The second person to jump on board seems to be Michael Heilmann. At first I was shocked, as his blog, BinaryBonsai, was my reason for getting interested and into WordPress, so to see him move on to Habari was interesting to me, and made me, and most likely others wonder what the big deal is.

What else can you tell me about Habari?
Well, I can tell you that they are moving really quickly on this project, and that the developers have a great sense of humor. Last time I checked, they had a page in their project, that says Pony, and once you go there, it shows a picture of a pony. How useful…

There is no real website set up for Habari yet, but you can download the source via SVN and start messing around with what they have created so far.

The biggest barriers they have for entry into the respected blogging platform scene is that they need documentation, themes, plug-ins, and a community to support the software. This means taking time away from just developing a useful tool, and dealing with the community needs and wants, and I don’t think they have anyone signed up for that task yet.

Habari Logo IdeaThey will also have to do more work on branding. I know Khaled is working on some form of logo for the project, but as of yet, they have been getting thumbs down.

My suggestion, stay away from musical looking logos, and stick with a circle or a square, and decide on a symbol that says “what’s the news” or even just keep it simple and do a really nice stylized H for Habari.

Where can I find out more?
We here at Blogging Pro will continue to watch the software unfold and see what new names are added to the list of developers, but don’t forget to check out the Habari Project Site, as well as a great write up by Khaled at Broken Kode where he talks about his involvement with Habari, and the reasons why he joined the team.

Of course there is also the WordPress Podcast which in the soon to be released episode 18, it will include statements from Chris J. Davis about other exciting features we can expect, as well as a response from Matt Mullenweg on what he thinks of the new blogging tool.

Note: Links fixed…that’s what happens when you copy and paste an article from Open Office…sorry about that.

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