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This is about the Mastodon instance of the University of Twente, Holland. Fetched from : https://mastodon.utwente.nl/@fabi/106414293540395499

grtcdr
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It’s cool to see universities adopting these technologies! wish my uni did this…

@soloninja
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more more

@Raziel
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Is always healthy to have more instances but I wonder how hard it is to run your own mastodon instance? Is it mandatory to have a fixed IP? Any special hardware?

@ajz
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Yes, more instances is better (What happened with the Mastodon flagship is kind of bad, letting it grow into a mega instance without proper moderation), and in this case for a University it makes sense to be able to accept or reject new users and grow a community. It is possible to run an instance with a Raspberry Pi and Yunohost for example. Pleroma is pretty light weight, but there are more light weight options. Mastodon is more heavy.

Pleroma is cool as well, but since mastodon allows to move your profile to a different server while taking followers with you I feel like this is a killer feature. I can confidently tell new users that it doesn’t matter which instance they join at first, they can always move later. Like this the feeling of “missing out” is relieved a bit.

@Raziel
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Right, agree, moderation seems to consume a lot of time to get it right.

Excellent, maybe I’ll try to run a bit of the fediverse on a raspberry, thanks for the data @ajz

@ajz
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You’re welcome, have fun with self hosting !

@onlooker
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Pleroma is pretty light weight, but there are more light weight options.

Curious to know, what’s more lightweight than Pleroma for microblogging (I think that’s what it’s called?).

@ajz
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@onlooker
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Cool, thanks! I always thought that for microblogging Pleroma was as light as it gets. It’s good to know that there are options that are even lighter.

poVoq
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For really small instances probably: https://epicyon.net/

poVoq
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https://pleroma.social/ is better to self-host and fully Mastodon compatible.

You need a domain name, but that can be used with a dyndns service if you don’t require 99.99% uptime.

@Echedenyan
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You don’t need a fixed IP. I ran a self-hosted at home for more than a year.

@Raziel
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Which instance do you host? I mean, in which platform?

@Echedenyan
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I hosted (time ago). I hosted in PureOS installed in a desktop computer.

Mastodon takes quite a lot resources if you allow other users to use it and federate with a lot of instances. Both in storage and memory.

Bandwidth is not a big deal. I could deal with a few users in a ADSL2+ network.

Why does the image have that ugly black block tho?

@ajz
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I love the color scheme actually. And this is in grey and rainy Holland, North Europe, not in happy, long life, bright colors South Europe ;)

@Reaton
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I think @gary_host_laptop@lemmy.ml is talking about the fact that they used this logo instead of background-less one. (Other than that, yeah the color scheme is really nice)

@ajz
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Ah, yes, thanks, now I see what you mean. For a polytechnic institute that is a bit sloppy ;)

Yup, this

@Reaton
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Yeah, using the little magic wand on GIMP was too complicated? Well, the initiative is cool, so let’s not blame them for that :)

Yeah, im sure they could have gotten a transparent one by default on the web too, lol

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