After using Ubuntu & Gnome for a while, my minimal & install feels a lot snappier.

I decided to switch to Debian over Ubuntu for my desktop environment. Always loved Debian for servers but wanted the latest software for desktop. Only just realized I can simply use the testing branch over stable...

Always learning something new!

I've been looking to upgrade my custom PC build which has been running strong since 2015. Going to move over to an AMD Threadripper 32-core CPU from my 4-core i5-4690k.

These are the components I'm planning to get but I'm waiting on updates from AMD this year and the following reviews before committing to the build. It's a beast.

pcpartpicker.com/user/jrtashji

"To keep reading this story, create a free account"

Pihole running on Docker has worked well for me. Currently blocking around 340k domains and based on activity 15% of outgoing traffic has been blocked!

Group and Column blocks that have CurateWP
2.0 blocks within them will present new controls, allowing you to change multiple CurateWP blocks at once!

Check out this early demo:

I've been working towards CurateWP 2.0 with better integration within the block editor. Here's a preview of the first block I'm calling "Post Picker" which allows you to embed a single post into a page.

curatewp.com/

Linode makes it so easy to setup your own dynamic DNS through their API and CLI tools.

Makes it easy to expose specific services on a homelab and use Let's Encrypt SSL certs.

developers.linode.com/api/v4/d

Decided to use an old Macbook Air (2c/i7/2GHz) with a broken backlight as my cheap with my EX2100 NAS for now.

Setup OpenVPN, Portainer, Nginx Proxy, Pi-hole, and Nextcloud so far.

External access only available through VPN but I may expose some services in the future.

You gotta admit “trunk” would be a very on brand name for Mastodon’s default git branch

Personal philosophy on selfhosting 

There are a lot of things I would like to selfhost and play with but its clear that I just don't have the time to do all of it. With every extra server, service and layer complexity that's more and more time and difficulty setting up and troubleshooting and fixing if things go wrong. Maximum simplicity and utility gained in the least amount of time is where I get excited.

Moving to Mastodon has been a breath of fresh air. Such a fascinating piece of software and a really nice community.

Finally replaced the alternator in my car and recharged both mine and my wife’s vehicle air conditioning. Feels good with all this hot weather We’ve been having.

Now back to coding! 😀

List of GNU Distros on Mastodon

Please help me share.

- Ubuntu @ubuntu
- Ubuntu MATE @ubuntumate
- Kubuntu @Kubuntu
- Xubuntu @xubuntu
- Lubuntu @lubuntu
- Ubuntu Studio @ubuntustudio - Mint @linuxmint
- Debian @debian
- openSUSE @opensuse
- PureOS @purism
- GuixSD @guix
- Manjaro @manjarolinux
- OpenMandriva @OpenMandriva
- elementary OS @elementary
- MX @mxlinux

Not joined yet:
- Fedora
- Red Hat
- CentOS
- Trisquel
- Mageia
- ...

#linux #gnu #freesw: I wish all join Mastodon.

As I've revealed in my last Patreon post, I've been working on adding end-to-end encryption APIs into Mastodon as an upgrade to the direct message system.

Any and all technical details available at the moment are here:

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

An implementation guide for app developers is being worked on.

#mastodev

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My dream for Mastodon is for it to be a viable choice as a publishing platform for any creator. In other words, for people to not feel like they're locked in to Twitter or Instagram if they want to be professionally successful.

New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.

Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

Today marks the beginning of my journey away from Twitter and Facebook as my primary social media presence.

I'm starting this instance primarily for family and friends in an effort to help them make the journey.

My hope is that someday Mastodon and the become the norm.

Talos

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!