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A recap of 2023 by MediaGoblin co-maintainer Ben Sturmfels

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jan 12, 2024 12:42 PM
Contributors: Ben Sturmfels, MediaGoblin Co-Maintainer
An update from MediaGoblin co-maintainer Ben Sturmfels on the impressive work they did in 2023.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) supports the work of several important free software projects through fiscal sponsorship through a program we call the Working Together for Free Software Fund.

Donations to any of the Working Together for Free Software Fund projects directly benefit the work that can be done. Too often, these sorts of projects are underfunded, and developers put in a lot of personal time and effort to keep the project moving forward. With the FSF's fiscal sponsorship, projects can receive donations, apply for funding, and enter into legal contracts, all enabling them to spend more time on improving the software.

Below is an update from MediaGoblin co-maintainer Ben Sturmfels on the impressive work MediaGoblin did in 2023. MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing system for images, video, and audio designed to support decentralization and tons of extensibility. The FSF publishes all its LibrePlanet conference's videos and photos on MediaGoblin.


Hello MediaGoblin enthusiasts!

In 2023, MediaGoblin has made two releases, focusing on support for newer operating system versions, support for Python 3.10-3.12, fixing bugs and improving documentation.

Over the last couple of years, we've seen quite a few cries for help from people with installation issues, so we've now added automated installation testing on Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora. We hope this will make your installation experience smoother and allow us to spend the limited time we have on improving MediaGoblin rather than troubleshooting.

For the next release we're working on official installation via Docker. In the past, a number of community members have published their personal Docker configurations for deploying MediaGoblin, but these required significant Docker expertise and customization. I'm really grateful to co-maintainer Olivier Mehani for his patient commitment to bringing us simple, first-class installation via Docker.

If you want to support the work MediaGoblin does, visit the MediaGoblin contribution page. We can also accept contributions by wire transfer in USD, euro, and pound sterling -- for that, please write to donate@fsf.org asking for the account details. If you can contribute $500 or more, you'll receive a special public Thank GNU appreciation from the FSF all while helping us make MediaGoblin better.

10% of donations for MediaGoblin go to the FSF to help sustain the services they provide for us. If you aren't already an FSF associate member, please do consider becoming one to support this and all the other great free software work they do.

Happy hacking,

Ben Sturmfels MediaGoblin Co-Maintainer

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