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# META post: introducing lambda.fun

Created: Sat Apr 20 12:10:18 CEST 2019

Last modified: Sat Apr 20 12:39:16 CEST 2019

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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.

![screenshot of pleroma](assets/λ.png)

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 `tng@lambda.fun`).

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.

**summary**

<table border=1>
<tr><td>URL</td><td><a href=https://lambda.fun>lambda.fun</a></td></tr>
<tr><td>SSL</td><td>Yes</td></tr>
<tr><td>Gopher</td><td>No</td></tr>
<tr><td>Content</td><td>General purpose/programming</td></tr>
</table>

**criticism**

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.

*If someone knows what's up with not being able to follow people on 
Mastodon instances from Pleroma manifest yourself in the comments 
below.*