Proud of how the server architecture of mastodon.social and the code of Mastodon is keeping up with the load, but wishing for this to transform into new Mastodon servers springing up.
If you were considering starting a Mastodon server, right now would be a pretty good time. Anyone can do it from source, see docs:
There are also hosting providers (not affiliated with me) which are super easy to work with without technical knowledge, like masto.host and hostdon.jp
☝️ If you started a new server for the Spanish community, let me know and I'll give you a shout out.
There's a few basic requirements for it to be listed on joinmastodon.org as well, such as having a backup admin ("bus factor" 😅) and having some basic rules against harassment, so if you pass those as well I'll gladly put your server on joinmastodon.org.
Here those requirements are spelled out:
@Gargron i used masto.host for a while and Hugo provided top-notch service. he made it super simple, got the instance spun up in no time, and kept it running smoothly. big recommend, i plan to hire him again at some point
@Gargron honestly, I looked at it overnight. The thing holding me back right now - is that hosting costs are higher than a typical hobbyist can justify. I'd run it on a Raspberry Pi if I could, but multiple blog posts suggest it's a bit too resource hungry for that right now. I haven't given up though - I will keep looking in to this.
@Gargron Hi again, what are the requeriments for a nice machine? I just discover this but it is brillant and I want to contribute ;)
So in the docs don't talk about the server requeriments...
@pribaqnet You'll need at least 2 CPUs and 2 GB RAM for it to run comfortably but it all depends on how many users will be on it at the same time!
@Gargron Congratulations Eugen, I saw your other boosted post where mastodon was showed on the national tv. Also people in Italy is getting to know about your social network, you can pratically overcome in users Twitter just in the 2020 like an hurricane of users lol, good luck for the new year!
@Gargron better than python for sure imo. Why did you choose it over other programming languages? I'm studying computer engineering and everything around federated social networks just astonishes me
@laliberacion_de_berlin Well, I was a Ruby developer already. I love the language though. It might be slower than others but it's very pleasant to use. Saves so much time thanks to its ecosystem and it's very elegant to read and write.
@nikov @laliberacion_de_berlin I've never read a book about Ruby... I learned from the Rails documentation, reading other open-source Rails projects code, reading code of Ruby gems, etc, over a long period of time. It was always as part of having something to build, so rather than abstractly learning the language, I needed to do x, so I looked up how to do that.
@Gargron ... and I wish to ask you something I couldn't find: real requirements for a server (hardaware)? I'm thinking about something small-medium...
@Gargron Thanks a lot!! These data include postgresql, redis, etc...? Really impressive, have to say. I’m thinking in 3 servers (containers ) like 4x you wrote , and Docker Swarm making its magic. Thanks again fornthe data 👍
@Gargron if I were to run my own instance, is it possible to disable federation to not show stuff from other servers? It's for a family group.
@Gargron i have a question, (srry for muy English), I want to make an instance for role-playing games, what would you advise me, Debian or Ubuntu for the server?
@Gargron Just have a question. Iran faced an internet blackout a few weeks ago and our internet became some sort of interanet. BTW, some of our servers had access to international internet. We started discussing about making a mastodon instance on one of those servers, and we had a big question mark in mind. Will it be connected with other instances? So we can spread the news about Iran in case of an internet blackout ...
@haghiri75 It depends on how it's setup. If the Mastodon server is on a machine that has connection to the outside world, then it will federate with other servers just fine, and your users from Iran will be able to access it and talk to people from the rest of the world.
If the machine is cut off as well, it'll be in the intranet.
@Gargron Thank you very much for quick reply. So, It makes us sure about the case of internet blackouts here.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!