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Self-hosted Known 0.7.6 has left the building

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The latest version of the open source Known software has left the building. Here are some of the new things in version 0.7.6:

  • Better bookmark page title handling
  • Improved session handling
  • Thumbnails are higher quality
  • Further improvement to Open Graph tag handling
  • Improvement to PubSubHubbub HTTP headers
  • A number of fixes across plugins
  • Experimental release of WordPress importer

You can download the Known 0.7.6 package from our open source page.

If you prefer, you can get a free Known site on our fully-managed service.

Known 0.7.5 has left the building

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We just released Known 0.7.5 for self-hosted users.

This release contains lots of fixes and improvements including:

  • Easy links to import your comments, likes and reshares from sites like Twitter and Facebook
  • Full SQL export of your Known site data
  • Better support for secure email
  • Improved open graph tag handling
  • Import from Blogger
  • More efficient user session handling
  • Source code highlighting in blog posts

You can download Known 0.7.5 in two different archive formats: .zip .tgz

If you prefer, you can get a free Known site on our fully-managed service.

Known 0.7.1 has left the building

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We've just released Known 0.7.1 for self-hosted users.

This is an interim bug fix release, which solves a number of key problems that people were having with self-hosted Known. Specifically, this improves support for root-level domains that also use www aliases (eg, both mydomain.com and www.mydomain.com). It also improves support for pasting HTML from other sources.

You can download Known 0.7.1 in two different archive formats: .zip .tgz

If you prefer, you can get a free Known site on our fully-managed service.

Announcing Known 0.7, named for Miriam Makeba

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When Erin and I were talking about releasing Known, we decided we wanted each major version to highlight artists and creatives. Our first ever open source release, 0.6, was named for Katherine Dunham.

The latest version of Known contains many improvements, including the ability to have unlimited accounts per social media service, as well as static pages, syndication to webhooks, and hundreds of fixes and enhancements.

I'm drawn to artists who use their unique voices for justice. Miram Makeba arguably introduced western mainstream audiences to African music, and used that platform to fight against the apartheid regime in South Africa. While in the United States, her South African passport was canceled, leaving her exiled from her country. She became a citizen of the world, and was granted honorary citizenship in ten countries.

A singer and international civil rights activist

Miriam Makeba's song Pata Pata made her famous in South Africa. Harry Belafonte helped her enter the United States, where she found further fame. They jointly won a Grammy for a live album, and performed at a birthday concert for President John F Kennedy, who insisted on meeting her afterwards. Her music was soulful and deeply rooted in her cultural history.

But she found that even in the United States, political ideals are not always compatible with a popular career. Her marriage to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael - who fought against institutional racism here - led to her losing her tours and record contracts. It wasn't until Paul Simon invited her on the Graceland tour decades later that the effective boycott against her music in the US ended. In the meantime, she lived in Guinea, and toured across Europe and Africa.

She was outspoken against South Africa's racist apartheid regime, publicly called for Nelson Mandela's release, and spoke at the United Nations on multiple occasions. It was Mandela who eventually invited her back to South Africa.

She passed away in 2008, after performing in a benefit concert in aid of fighting the Camorra, a long-standing criminal network in Naples.

Download Known 0.7 Makeba

You can get Known 0.7 in .zip and .tgz archives. Our source code is always available on GitHub.

If you prefer, you can get a free Known site on our fully-managed service.

Announcing our first beta release - Known 0.6 - named for Katherine Dunham

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When Ben and I started working on Known, we wanted to recognize great artists and creative of all types through small touches within the platform. As part of that, we'll be naming each release of the software after a noteworthy individual who has existed as a maker in some field. Visual artists, authors, musicians, and many more all have a place here.

This week, we launched our open beta and put out our first package release.

When I was thinking about naming the release, the first person who came to mind was Katherine Dunham. Ms. Dunham was a dancer, choreographer, social anthropologist, and activist. She was a pioneer of African-American dance and a foundational figure in the evolution of modern dance around the world. Her modern dance company, Katherine Dunham Company, ran for nearly 30 years and produced modern stars like Alvin Ailey and Eartha Kitt. Her signature dance techniques and training - Dunham Technique - integrates more formal barre work often seen in ballet with contractions, isolations, and movements inspired by West African and Caribbean dance.

Choreographer, dancer, cultural anthropologist

Katherine Dunham While in college at the University of Chicago in the 1930s, Katherine studied anthropology. She then received grants and fellowships to travel to the Caribbean to study dance ethnography. She spent her time in Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti. She continued to return to Haiti in the future and eventually bought property in the country. Upon returning to the United States and completing her degree, Katherine began to focus on dance and performance fulltime.

Through her company and dance school, Katherine Dunham shared not only dance, but also theater, music, social research, and Caribbean culture. She was a noted performer in the 1930s and 1940s, and she went on to become a social activist focusing on black rights in the United States and elsewhere.

Through both her choreography and performances, Katherine Dunham brought West African and Caribbean music and movements to the American dance scene, influencing the developments of jazz, modern, and contemporary dance in the United States. With her writing and social work, she also educated many and spread a message of cultural understanding, heritage, and equality.

I studied Afro-Haitian dance and performed with a Haitian folkloric troupe during my time in Los Angeles for college. I also had the pleasure of studying Dunham Technique under Anindo Marshall, a musician, Kenyan pop star, and choreographer in her own right. Dunham dance has a style that is lyrical and fluid while being extremely grounded and rigorous.

In 2006, a group of students from my college was making initial plans to visit Ms. Dunham in person during the upcoming year. Unfortunately, she passed away before the trip happened.

In honor of her contributions and innovations within the field of modern dance, as well as her work in cultural anthropology and social activism, I excited to name the very first beta release of the Known platform after Katherine Dunham.

Download Known Dunham release

You can download Known Beta 0.6 Dunham release .zip here and .tgz here.

If you prefer, you can get a free Known site on our fully-managed service.