NLnet funding, and Lemmy v0.7.0 with new image hosting!

Let’s start with the biggest news first: Lemmy is receiving funding from the NLnet foundation! The funding is for a total amount of 45.000 €, which will allow /u/dessalines and me (/u/nutomic ) to work on Lemmy full-time for at least half a year.

We have created various milestones for the work we are planning to do. Most of them are about getting ActivityPub federation ready for production. In addition, we will work on:

  • better accessibility
  • private communities and instances
  • reworking search
  • creating a joinlemmy.ml type site
  • the option to block other users or communities

The details of the milestones will be posted on our github issue tracker soon.

We’re very excited about this opportunity, and can’t wait to finish federation.

In other news, we have just released Lemmy v0.7.0. Most importantly, this update switches to Pict-rs for image hosting, due to various performance-related issues with Pictshare. Pict-rs was coded from scratch in Rust by the amazing @asonix, who also created the ActivityPub library for Rust. We can’t thank him enough for all the work he is doing for Lemmy!

We’d also like to thank the following people for their contributions:

  • @iav for their work in building arm compatible rust docker images and builds.
  • @ernestwisniewski and @bytesnake for code contributions.
  • Many others for contributing translations via the Lemmy weblate.
  • Our Patreon and Liberapay supporters who help us devote more time to Lemmy (We’re still very far from these being able to sustain two developers)
  • Everyone else who contributes to Lemmy, be it by coding, hosting instances or just using it and spreading the word!

Other than that, since v0.6.0 in January we’ve closed over 100 issues, fixed tons of bugs and added many new features.

You can find the full changelog and upgrade instructions here.

Edit: Here are the milestones for the funding

Thank you for all the work you’re doing! I hope to see Lemmy as a place open to all that gets better than the crap that Reddit is becoming. I’ll make sure I contribute as much as I can!

Dessalines
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Thanks :thumbs up:

@k_o_t
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Lemmy is receiving funding from the NLnet foundation!

While that’s certainly a positive thing, I feel obligated ask about the nature of this funding? Does it carry with it any obligations from Lemmy/leverage for NLnet?

Dessalines
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To add, the projects nlnet helps fund can give you an indication of how cool a foundation they are: stuff like searx, wireguard, meilisearch, matrix, nextcloud, funkwhale, pixelfed…

ayy nextcloud

@pyjammas
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We Dutch are total chuds, but this is pretty cool.

@nutomic
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We gave them a list of milestones that we are going to work on, and then signed a “Memorandum of Understanding”. We will get the agreed amount of money in the form of a donation once we finish a milestone. There is no company Lemmy or anything like that, we are just doing this as individuals.

That’s a really cool system

I can highly recommend to donate to nlnet. Some things which they also have funded (as far as i know/if i remember correctly):

  • https://searx.me/
  • conversations.im audio/video call support
  • dino XMPP client
  • briar, end to end encrypted, peer2peer messenger who can work without central server, for instance over a bluetooth/wlan mesh network. very interesting for activists.
  • funkwhale, the activitypub/fediverse client, specializing on podcast/musik service
  • hubzilla, an activitypub/fediverse client
  • nextcloud
  • pixelfed
  • postmarketos

the list is huge. i’m actually really suprised what nlnet.nl has already sponsored, the list is huge.

full list: https://nlnet.nl/project/current.html

@Cream
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The funding is for a total amount of 45.000 €, which will allow /u/dessalines and me (/u/nutomic ) to work on Lemmy full-time for at least half a year.

Congratulations devs, this money is especially important in times like this.

@andycuccaro
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Awesome news, guys! Lemmy is looking better every day :grinning face with smiling eyes:

@Hactar
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I’ve been in the matrix chat for a month or so and love the project. I’m glad to see that it’s gaining a lot of momentum due to the funding and HN exposure. Just became a patron on Patreon, and good luck with the dev work!

@nutomic
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:star-struck:

IngrownMink4
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Congratulations! I love this social network and the users who are part of it! I will try to contribute by translating the social network into my native language, Basque, so that more people can use it :)

IngrownMink4
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I am pleased to announce that I have 100% translated all the terms into Basque! :D

Dessalines
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Woohoo! Thanks!

@nutomic
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Eskerri kasko! (es casi lo unico que sé en euskera)

IngrownMink4
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Ez horregatik! (no hay de que!) :smiling face with smiling eyes:

@diorama
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kaixo :hugging face:

IngrownMink4
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Kaixo! Zer moduz?

@diorama
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ondo… egun on! (and then my Basque ends :) )

IngrownMink4
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not bad at all :smiling face with sunglasses:

@z11h
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Congrats! Excited for the future of this site!

@bytesnake
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here comes the hackernews crowd o_O

@nutomic
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Thanks for the warning.

@zaggynl
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Great news! I’ve upgraded without issue on my own instance, lemmy.zaggy.nl, it’s open for testing, break away, I have snapshots.
I apologize for the ongoing nonsense topics and Dutch.

You guys are total legends!

Dessalines
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o7

@DelishVeg
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Congrats guys, awesome news. Thanks for all you do

Hassiktir
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And we need SEO compatible permalinks. :)

Hassiktir
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Awesome work! I think this script would be better if we able to report the messages, topics and communities.

@ajz
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@gregf
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Congratulations to the devs, this is great news!

@drd
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Very exciting!

n4vn33t
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Congrats! (_)

@max
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Congratulations.

Congratulations!

@IcyTomato
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Awesome! I discovered Lemmy last week and I’m already in love with it! It’s nice to know it is getting even better!

Man, that’s awesome. Congratulations!

Arden
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Excellent news. Look forward to the outcomes and the new version appearing

@nutomic
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You are already using the new version ;)

@krolden
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One thing i would love to see is video hosting but not be shitty like v.redd.it assuming it’s possible. That was one of the most terribly implemented features reddit ever added. I’d put it up there with ‘reddit gold’.

@fruechtchen
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the peertube project tries to solve that. however, it lacks good moderation like lemmy has, so there are many fascists and conspiracy theorists

Dessalines
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We do use an embed host for post links too called iframely, if that gets support for peertube, it seems like the best way to do videos.

@mukt
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Congratulations!
Make the best of it.

@bytesnake
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awesome news!

This is fantastic – congratulations!

Oh my, this is a great step for Lemmy! Can’t help but raise my hat, congratulations!!!

@dignity
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Awesome, thank you for Lemmy! :-)

:eyes:

@nutomic
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👁

@rek2
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cool, grats!

adamsky
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great news!

Is there any way that I can contribute to translating the website to my native language? It’s a small language but I feel like every little bit helps.

@KillaryKlinton
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Thanks! btw I just submitted the request for Albanian translation.

@nutomic
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Thank you :)

@Aeolun
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There’s a link to the translation system in the documentation somewhere.

@activitypub
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Maybe you could copy the ruqqus design. It appears to look good and is, of course, open source.

@krolden
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I’d like to see the ability to load custom themes/layouts. IT would be cool to see a more dynamic site that you could customize to your tastes in design and content.

Dessalines
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You can change your theme in your user settings on the top right. We also have a theming guide here.

@krolden
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oh rad didn’t know about the guide. thanks!

Dessalines
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np :smiling face with sunglasses:

@nutomic
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Contributions are always welcome ;)

@chismoso
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Great.Congratulations!:bouquet::bouquet:

@lemmywinks
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Way to go comrade <3 . U r changing the internet one step at a time, b proud of what u r doing. <3 <3 <3 <3 🏆. We all r always with u guys.

@dhaavi
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That is amazing! Congratulations! Was this the PET branch?

@nutomic
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What branch?

@ajz
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They probably mean : https://nlnet.nl/PET/

@nutomic
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No, we are under NGI Zero.

/u/dhaavi

@dhaavi
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I see. (Thanks /u/ajz !)

PET is also part of NGI Zero, so I guess you applied for the Search and Discovery Fund?

We tried PET once with https://safing.io/ but their feedback was a bit inconclusive. We might try again. Anyway, I am really looking forward to how lemmy will evolve! :D

@ajz
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OMG, amazing !!! Congrats !!! :)

Dessalines
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woohoo. I like the new avatar btw :thumbs up:

@ajz
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heh :) cheers!

@Sandro
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Why didn’t you already register joinlemmy.ml? Anyhow, I have squatted it and would transfer it for the price I payed. Just reach out to me and we figure out how you can get it as fast as possible.

@nutomic
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Thanks, but we are actually planning to go with join.lemmy.ml. Also, .ml domains are available for free.

@ajz
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Surprised to hear that dot ml domains are for free. Hmm, yes, it is “dual licensed” ;-) http://www.point.ml/en/faq.html#a

@Sandro
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Well, that was a waste of money. My registrar charged me 9.90 € for it. Not sure if it can be converted to a free one on freenom. If it can you can have it for free.

@ajz
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join.lemmy.ml is a sub-domain of lemmy.ml You mentioned joinlemmy.ml which is different.

@Sandro
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I am aware of that. I know how domains work.

Nearly at double that in 2 weeks

@k_o_t
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nice :)

but pls bring back the green accent, it looks much more pleasant with it (imo)

i was talking about green links, but turns out it’s just an issue that caused my browser to not highlight links with green

@nutomic
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Green accent?

@k_o_t
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I meant green links, community names and usernames. But judjing from u/andycuccaro’s comment, I think it’s just some issue isolated to me locally.

@nutomic
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You probably switched to a different theme. Or try reloading the page and clearing your cache.

@k_o_t
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I’m using darkly, as always, clearing cache and resetting settings is the first thing I tried…:thinking face:

@k_o_t
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just in case, I meant stuff like links in the sidebar, and all links in general… is that the intended behavior?

@nutomic
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No, looks very much green here.

@k_o_t
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ok, never mind, I just checked, and it looks just like before on my phone, so it’s just some issue with my browser on desktop…

@andycuccaro
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Isn’t every link green already? Or what other green stuff were there?

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Dessalines
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Thank :open hands:

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