[$] Tent pitches a new social networking protocol

The free software community produces a constant stream of ideas about
how to displace the proprietary network services that dominate so much
online interaction. In mid-2012, Tent became the
latest entrant in the conversation, heralding an "open,
decentralized, and built for the future" social networking
solution that "changes everything." Beyond the
project's manifesto, however,
there was scant detail, particularly on how Tent related to other
distributed social networking efforts like OStatus, the protocol used by StatusNet
and Identi.ca. September 21 brought the
first look at something more concrete, courtesy of a reference Tent
server and initial documentation of the system's protocols.