@Enot Yeah, I wouldn't have been able to set this instance up without the help I got in the channel.

@fribbledom Wow. My oldest stuff is from the mid 80's I think, for the Commodore 64.

@fribbledom Whoa. That's an impressive collection you've got there. When did you start it?

@Kinetix OMG, that's hilarious. I had NO idea that was even possible, thanks for bringing it up! I gotta read up on this now...

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Announcing PythonDevs.social Hello World!

https://pythondevs.social is a new instance aimed at #Python developers of all experience levels. It runs on Pleroma which is similar to (and compatible with) Mastodon - you can use Mastodon smartphone clients with it, and you can enable a Mastodon lookalike interface on the web if you want.

Come join us - let’s build a community together and enjoy a local timeline filled with #Python discussions.

Be nice. No hate speech.
The official language is English for public messages.
While we encourage discussion topics directly related to #Python, other topics are okay too.

Boosts / Repeats appreciated! Let’s try to reach as many #Python developers as we can.

Things are starting to shape up nicely now, over at the instance I'm setting up. After working with this for a few days now, I've come to an unavoidable conclusion:

The Fediverse and its inhabitants are awesome. This is so much fun.

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Messing around with starting my own Fediverse instance has made me miss the pre-Internet days of BBSes. A BBS was in a lot of ways even more special than a Fediverse server, because it contained so many things. There were bulletin boards, files you could trade, and "doors" as they were called, which were text-based games you could play with other users of the BBS. It was somehow more personal.

I've finally been able to set up a fediverse instance (running ) for developers. But before I formally announce it, I need to see what kind of customizations I can do to it. At a minimum, I want new users to be greeted with a brief text which explains what the instance is about.

@bthall Actually, I have, and I've decided to use Pleroma instead of Mastodon for my instance.

After careful consideration, I've decided that my instance for developers will be based on Pleroma rather than Mastodon. But, as I've learned, Pleroma is part of the Fediverse too, has an interface similar to that of Mastodon, and works with Mastodon smartphone clients. So people who are used to Mastodon should have no technical problems joining my instance once it's up.

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@Kinetix Yeah. I think I'm going to give it a go tomorrow. Thank you so much for letting me know it existed, I had no idea!

@Kinetix Ah, looks like I misread your message, I thought you said Pleroma was written in Python. =) Nevertheless, it's still interesting even if it isn't, because it would quite frankly be cheaper to host if it doesn't require so much RAM.

@Kinetix Looking at it now, it looks interesting. I'm told that a Mastodon server needs 4 GIGABYTES OF RAM which is INSANE considering that what it's doing is pushing f***ing text strings around. So Pleroma being lower in memory requirement as well as being written in Python is indeed enticing...

@Kinetix No, I haven't looked into those at all. I just remember checking once what the "core" Mastodon software was written in, and being disappointed that it was not Python.

@bjonte Thanks! Waiting for DNS propagation takes forever, I was hoping I'd be able to get this working today, but apparently not...

@msh 4 GB?! What on EARTH does it need all that RAM for?!

@msh Right. Yeah, more Python stuff for ActivityPub would be nice.

For my instance, I'll try to make do without Docker. We'll see - perhaps I'll have to enlarge my VM (it's Linode).

F*** it, I'm doing this - I'm setting up the instance. Wish me luck. At worst, it's 500 SEK in the toilet for the domain name if I fail.

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Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!