Created: Sat Apr 20 12:10:18 CEST 2019
Last modiﬁed: Fri May 10 15:12:57 CEST 2019
After some online-friends introduced me to Fediverse, I decided to run a small instance and see where it goes. I chose Pleroma instead of Mastodon.
Pleroma and Mastodon are different implementations of the same thing: a
distributed social network. It has gotten pretty big recently. Servers
can interact with other servers. It means that you can register on my
server and follow users from elsewhere by using their full-length
identiﬁer (mine is
Note that it doesn’t cost me a $ due to me being a student. Also, I didn’t set it up in order to form a community of some sort; there are plenty enough communities on the internet. I just like to self-host stuff.
(the following applies if you register.)
You are provided with an
@lambda.fun mailbox that matches the
account’s username (free but limited). I can also setup an alias.
Additionnaly, you get to manage whatever lies at
I needed to do a lot of plumbing in order to get it to work. The documentation is very poorly organised and a bunch of features are simply left undocumented.
Also Pleroma is supposed to be lightweight (compared to Mastodon). Well, I don’t know about the codebase but I assure you that under it lies some kind of never-seen-before dependency hell.
List of things that didn’t work out-of-the-box on Debian Stretch (that I had to upgrade to Buster by the way):
In defense of Pleroma, the issue I had with federation was pretty uncommon.
People on the IRC are really helpful by the way.
sn0w for helping me.