After about a year of work, we‘re finally at the point where we can get started.
Heartbeat is now officially pre-alpha!
I just sent invitations out to our top crowdfunding supporters for the private pre-alpha (‘M-tier’, the wonderful folks who gave us $1,000) and, if everything stays up on our Waystone instance, I plan to slowly send invitations out to the C-tier starting tomorrow (see what I did there?… umm… ok, I won’t leave my day job).
By the way, people have already started joining and I’ve already fixed a bug with accents in names not being announced properly at sign up thanks to Stéphane.
I’ve just made the various pre-alpha source code repositories public:
- Heartbeat Cocoa
- Heartbeat Node
- pre-alpha — the code for the personalised private pre-alpha pages with invitation codes. Along with h2c2 (MIT license), and Sendy, you could repurpose that to run your own invitation-only alpha/beta.
Of the above, Heartbeat Cocoa, Heartbeat Node, and pulse-node don’t have open source licenses yet. We’re working on it. We need a license that is free as in freedom and yet allows us to put Heartbeat on the App Store. Expect more thoughts on that this week — I’m talking to Richard Stallman on this and he urged me not to jump the gun. I just heard that Eben Moglen is happy to offer us some legal advice on this so I’ll be in touch with him this week and, of course, I’ll update you on how we go.
Waystone is licensed under AGPLv3.
Some of the components, libraries in Heartbeat are licensed separately under the MIT license and you might find them independently useful:
(Explore source.ind.ie to see all our public repositories.)
So even if you’re not on the private pre-alpha (on our hosted version of Waystone), please feel free to clone the Heartbeat repositories and build the pre-alpha yourself and test it with your own local Waystone installation.
I’ll be updating these forums with further documentation and instructions in the coming days. Good places to start learning about the system are:
Design and overview
To everyone who has supported so far, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you. I hope you enjoy being part of the Heartbeat pre-alpha. It’s been quite a ride and we’re only just getting started.
Here’s to the journey!…