Last night I was able to get Friendica up and running on my home-server, and add some of my contacts from Diaspora. So far it looks great. In some ways superior to Diaspora; for example, there is an editor of sorts for composing posts, and I can connect to multiple services such as WordPress (going to have to set up a new blog for this very purpose) and to top it off, I am in complete control, which is particularly appealing to me.
A couple of things I am reaching for an not finding:
A button in the post-editor for lists
A way to send PM's to Diaspora people
Everything seems nicely done. Slightly rough around the edges, like most open-source applications I use, but functional and mine. MINE!!!
Final step: make new friends on the Friendica network