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oh btw you can probably run mastodon entirely on one of those 4GB raspberry pis now, so total cost comes out to

$55 - raspberry pi
$8 - wall adapter
$10 - micro SD
$25 - 120GB Solid State
$10 - external SSD enclosure

but it's a 1-time payment, unlike renting a VPS from a cloud provider.

@hyperlink It's now easier than ever to run a small mastodon instance for your friends or family!

@asonix I guess it depends too on how fast/reliable your residential Internet connection is, and whether or not you have a dedicated IPv4 address.

That said, a dynamic IP address is no substitute, as mailservers with such are automatically blocked by GMail and the like. You need an rDNS and other such things that only come with a professional server, for example. It will also affect your SEO heavily.

@phobos_dthorga @asonix I feel like the overlap between people caring about SEO and people who want to run their personal Mastodon instance is basically nonexistent.

Being unable to send mail might be a bigger problem, though. I don't know if it's possible to activate an account without validating an e-mail. Maybe there's an admin override?

@salameleon @asonix Yes, I very much agree with that sentiment!

I think you can go into the administrator interface and activate an account manually, though I might be wrong about that. I've never done it myself c..c

@asonix That’s it, I’m doing this as soon as I figure out if my home internet is shit or not

@asonix would you happen to have links to directions and softwre to do this?

long, instructions, 1/? 

long, instructions, 2/? 

long, instructions, 3/? 

long, instructions, 4/4 

@asonix you also need an internet plan that gives you a public IP address, which many *still* don't because they haven't upgraded their infrastructure since 2014

@zardoz @asonix Right, and having one which doesn't block outgoing mail would likely also be a plus. I presume administrative emails need to be sent--password resets, at the very least.

@zardoz @asonix Comcast/Xfinity does for residential customers, *supposedly* to fight Botnet spam.

@zardoz @asonix Well, to be more specific, they block port 25.

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