It seems like being kind of difficult to get the UpStage server application up and running on your own server, so here you find instructions and hints how to install and configure it from scratch. This article refers to the latest stable version, at the time of this writing it is 2.1. But it should essentially work for the 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 versions too. UpStage is meant to be run on Linux (although with some effort it might also run on Windows or MacOS X, see the unfinished UpStage Fork).
If you just want to use the UpStage client with a web browser you do not need to install anything and you will not find much useful information here, instead please visit the comprehensive UpStage user manual.
The UpStage/DownStage project will be present at the Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM), held from May, 2–5 2012 in Vienna. LGM is a conference for developers and users of free and open source graphics applications.
Lots of talks will happen during the four days of the meeting (program), and already quite a bunch of very interesting people have registered.
Attending together with Helen Varley Jamieson (and remotely supported by Jenny Pickett) we will give a short talk about UpStage and DownStage, followed by a performance (supported by other contributors) on May, 3rd at 5.30pm. On Friday 4th at 1pm, Helen and me will lead a workshop, which will unveil the concept of DownStage.
In this article we will shed a light on the forthcoming DownStage project. We summarize as a compilation of ideas and thoughts, so regard it as work plan for features we want to have included. To keep track of the features, a split perspective from different angles seems useful: Visions, Design and Programming. Each of the following sections contains hints how to participate, so you are invited to tell us your ideas and opinions.
Two months ago I was asked to setup a mirror of the UpStage server for the 11:11:11 festival, in case something goes wrong with the main server. As I have some insight into the structure, code and deployment of the server application I agreed and set it up in a few days. During the festival there have been some failures of the main server, so the organizers were quite happy to be able to switch to the mirror and to run the festival without noteworthy breakdowns. For the mirror I have modified most settings, scripts and the overall deployment to fit my servers needs. Additionally I have used Nginx in combination with Varnish to improve the overall performance. So here you will find all information about how I have modified the mirror server.
From 23th January to 20th February 2012 I will stay at the APO33 residency in Nantes, France in collaboration with Helen Varley Jamieson. We will promote UpStage and push forward the fresh implementation of DownStage. There will be public presentations and workshops. Join us!
Wednesday February the 1st: UpStage presentation La place / La Fabrique – 6pm – free entrance
From 1st to 17th of February: coding session (call for participation) Plateforme intermédia – La Fabrique
Thursday the 16th & Friday the 17th of February: UpStage workshop Plateforme Intermédia – La Fabrique – from 2pm to 5pm 10€ for 2 days – email plateforme AT apo33 DOT org to register.
Finally the design is ready to be published and so blogging officially starts now. The design is based on the wonderful Yoko theme for WordPress, which has some neat features for responsive design. I hope you like it and expect a lot of things happening during 2012.