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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

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Here's my neat mastodon instance on a collection of Single Board Computers. This instance is for me and a few of my local friends.