I just received the news that the Federated Networks Association is probably folding. More details here:
The potential demise of the Feneas.org services reminds me again that the success of federated networks depends on reliable instances, and avoiding re-centralization requires more instances, not bigger ones. This means server-side software needs to be as easy as possible to set up and maintain, and we need easy access to ways for people to learn how to host servers.
It seems to me that what would make a huge difference would be if someone like @PINE64 would sell a reasonably priced router with enough power and storage to be a basic family server with @yunohost pre-installed. Just plug it in, set your ISP modem to pass through and you have a working server. It could automatically open the right ports, use the new auto dns setup. Referral fees from in device domain purchases through a privacy friendly registrar could help fund.
Easy is a must here.
@Blort @strypey @PINE64 @yunohost sounds great in theory, but nowadays, many ISPs are switching to DualStack-lite, where you don't get your own IPv4 address, only IPv6, and you can't switch your modem to bridge mode (at least that's how UPC does it). You'd need to ask the ISP to switch you to IPv4-only first, and only then activate bridge mode. It's starting to become complicated.
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