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:

docs.joinmastodon.org/

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

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@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.

@asjmcguire @Gargron There are alternatives to Mastodon which can operate on something of that scale and scope.

@Gargron @drwho I'm aware that Pleroma can indeed run on a Raspberry Pi quite happily. But I'm waiting for someone to try running Mastodon on a Pi4 with 2 or more GB of RAM, it's possible that might be starting to get us towards the realms of it being possible?

@asjmcguire @Gargron Is there any particular reason that it /has/ to be Mastodon, and not something designed with lighter system requirements in mind?

@drwho @Gargron No it doesn't *have* to be. I just want to take part. I didn't know about Mastodon 3 weeks ago, now I believe in it so much - I would absolutely host a server.

@asjmcguire @Gargron I can give it a try tonight, I have a RasPi4 sitting at home right now.

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