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[[file:images/logo.png]]
#+END_CENTER
#+begin_export html
<center><h1>Apps</h1></center>
#+end_export
#+begin_quote
"/In times of aggressive corporatization, increasing enclosure of communication spaces, and blanket surveillance, emancipatory communication practices appear to be particularly well suited to offer concrete alternatives to activists and citizens alike/" -- Stefania Milan
#+end_quote
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If you use the Mutt client to read your email then this will set it up to use emacs for composing new mail.
[[./app_emacs.html][How to use it]]
* Email Server
Since many apps require email registration an email server is installed by default. You can find advice on using the email system [[./usage_email.html][here]].
* Etherpad
Collaborate on creating documents in real time. Maybe you're planning a holiday with other family members or creating documentation for a Free Software project along with other volunteers. Etherpad is hard to beat for simplicity and speed. Only users of the system will be able to access it.

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[[file:images/logo.png]]
#+END_CENTER
#+BEGIN_EXPORT html
<center>
<h1>Homesteading the Fediverse</h1>
</center>
#+END_EXPORT
#+BEGIN_CENTER
*Homesteading the Fediverse*
#+END_CENTER
Some things you might want to know about the Fediverse:
* Federation as a concept
The political definition of a federation is "/a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government/". The fediverse isn't exactly like that, in that there is no federal government. However there are protocols which govern the communication between instances and that might be analogized to being a sort of elemantary constitution or mutual agreement binding all participants together. The protocols are merely ways of moving data around though, and don't impose any sort of moral code.
The political definition of a federation is "/a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government/". The fediverse isn't exactly like that, in that there is no federal government. However there are protocols which govern the communication between instances and that might be analogized to being a sort of elementary constitution or mutual agreement binding all participants together. The protocols are merely ways of moving data around though, and don't impose any sort of moral code.
* Keep the number of users on each server small
The importance of this can't be overstated. Servers with lots of users always eventually have problems where the interests of the users are not the same as the interests of the server administrator. If you are the server administrator, or if there are only a small squad-size group of people on the server, then it's a lot easier to resolve differences and everyone's interests are likely to be similar.
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Over time follows and blocking rules come to match the underlying social geography of affinity groups. Blocking will happen and users will move around or start new servers. Drama related to blocking will dissipate.
* Keep your follows under the Dunbar number
Keep the number of other users you're following and who are also active to under a couple of hundred. Any more than that and you'll just be overwhelmed by irrelevant stuff and whatever community you may have been part of will dissolve in a sea of entropy. There are no algorithmic timelines, and even if they're introduced then they create their own problems as an opaque form of censorship. _Real community happens at tribal scale_. It's something which people often don't like to admit because they get fixated upon bigger and bigger numbers, but it definitely seems to be true.
Keep the number of other frequently active users you're following to under a couple of hundred. Your actual number of follows might be larger than this but could include users who rarely post anything.
Once there are more than a couple of hundred highly active users in your timeline then you'll just be overwhelmed by irrelevant stuff and whatever community you may have been part of will be drowned in the entropy. There are no algorithmic timelines to hide posts, and even if they're introduced then they create their own problems as an opaque form of censorship. _Real community happens at tribal scale_. It's something which people often don't like to admit because they get fixated upon bigger and bigger numbers, but it definitely seems to be true.
* Avoid big public servers
It may seem like a good idea and it may seem like you're doing a service to the community by allowing random strangers to register, but servers with thousands of users only cause problems - social, administrative, financial and possibly also legal. The financial strain of running a powerful server with high reliability may be enough to encourage the administrator to begin pushing advertising onto the system, or sell user content, and then before you know it you have identical problems to Twitter. Instead try to encourage people to set up their own servers. Follow this principle and a lot of arguments and stress will be more easily avoided.

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After installation it's possible that you might want some advice on how to run your system and set up apps to work nicely with it.
* [[./domains.html][How to get a domain name]]
* [[./security.html][Improving security]]
* [[./users.html][Adding or removing users]]
* [[./apps.html][Apps available on the system]]
* [[./usage.html][General usage]]
* [[./faq.html][Frequently Asked Questions]]
* [[./mobile.html][Advice on setting up a mobile phone]]
* [[./support.html][I like this project. How can I help to support it?]]
If you find bugs, or want to add a new app to this system see the [[./devguide.html][Developers Guide]] and [[./codeofconduct.html][Code of Conduct]]. There is a Matrix chat room available at *#fbone:matrix.freedombone.net*.
Ready made disk images which can be copied onto USB or microSD drives are [[./downloads/current][available here]].

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#+TITLE:
#+AUTHOR: Bob Mottram
#+EMAIL: bob@freedombone.net
#+KEYWORDS: freedombone, security, ssh, debian, beaglebone
#+DESCRIPTION: Improving security
#+OPTIONS: ^:nil toc:nil
#+HTML_HEAD: <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="freedombone.css" />
#+BEGIN_CENTER
[[file:images/logo.png]]
#+END_CENTER
* Authentication with keys
It's a lot more secure to log in to the Freedombone system using ssh keys rather than with a password. You can set that up by first running:
#+begin_src bash
freedombone-client
#+end_src
On your local system (i.e. whatever you're logging in to the Freedombone system from, typically a laptop). Then:
#+begin_src
ssh myusername@freedombone.local -p 2222
#+end_src
Select *Administrator controls* and re-enter your password, then *Manage Users* and *Change user ssh public key*. Copy and paste the ssh public keys which appeared after the *freedombone-client* command was run. Then go to *Security settings* and select *Allow ssh login with passwords* followed by *no*.
You'll need to make sure that you have a copy of the ~/.ssh directory on your local system. You could just copy that directory to a USB drive and then keep that somewhere safe so that you can restore the keys if you need to.
* Administrating the system via an onion address (Tor)
You can also access your system via the Tor system using an onion address. To find out what the onion address for ssh access is you can do the following:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
ssh username@freedombone.local -p 2222
#+END_SRC
Select /Administrator controls/ then select "About this system" and look for the onion address for ssh. You can then close the terminal and open another, then do the following on your local system:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
freedombone-client
#+END_SRC
This will set up your ssh environment to be able to handle onion addresses. Then you can test ssh with:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
ssh username@address.onion -p 2222
#+END_SRC
Subsequently even if dynamic DNS isn't working you may still be able to administer your system. Using the onion address also gives you some degree of protection against corporate or government metadata analysis, since it becomes more difficult to passively detect which systems are communicating.

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#+END_CENTER
#+BEGIN_EXPORT html
<center>
<h1>Email</h1>
</center>
#+END_EXPORT
| [[Things to be aware of]] |
| [[A technical note about email transport security]] |
| [[Add a password to your GPG key]] |
| [[Publishing your GPG public key]] |
| [[Mutt email client]] |
| [[Thunderbird/Icedove]] |
| [[K9 Android client]] |
| [[Android apps]] |
| [[Subscribing to mailing lists]] |
| [[Adding email addresses to a group/folder]] |
| [[Ignoring incoming emails]] |
| [[Your own mailing list]] |
| [[Using I2P for email transport]] |
* Things to be aware of
Even though this system makes it easy to set up an email server, running your own email system is still not easy and this is mainly due to the huge amount of collatoral damage caused by spammers over a long period of time, which in turn is due to the inherent insecurity of email protocols which enabled spam to become a big problem. Email is still very popular though and most internet services require that you have an email address in order to register.
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From https://motherboard.vice.com/read/email-encryption-is-broken:
#+BEGIN_QUOTE
The researchers also uncovered mass scale attacks of STARTTLS sessions being stripped of their encryption. That attack itself isn't new: internet service providers sometimes do it to monitor users; organizations may use it to keep an eye on employees; or it may come from a malicious actor
/The researchers also uncovered mass scale attacks of STARTTLS sessions being stripped of their encryption. That attack itself isn't new: internet service providers sometimes do it to monitor users; organizations may use it to keep an eye on employees; or it may come from a malicious actor/
#+END_QUOTE
* Add a password to your GPG key
If you didn't use existing GPG keys during the Freedombone installation then you'll need to add a password to your newly generated private key. This is highly recommended. Go through the following sequence of commands to ssh into the Freedombone and then change your GPG password.
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Make sure that "*show only subscribed folders*" is not checked. Then click the *ok* buttons. Folders will be re-scanned, which may take some time depending upon how much email you have, but your folders will then appear.
* K9 Android client
*** A point about GPG on Android
Before trying to set up email on Android you may want to consider whether you really need to do this. Android (and its variants) is not a particularly secure operating system and whether or not you wish to store GPG keys on it depends on your threat model and in what situations you'll be using your device.
If you are going to use email on an Android device then ensure that you have full encryption enabled via the security settings, so that if you subsequently lose it, or if it gets stolen, the chances of encryption keys being exposed are minimised.
*** Compiling the development version
To get K9 working with Freedombone you'll need to install development versions of OpenKeychain and K9. At the time of writing the versions available in F-Droid do not support PGP/MIME or the "hidden recipient" feature of GPG. It is hoped that at some stage the patches will be integrated into the mainline or functionally equivalent changes made. Admittedly, this is not at all user friendly, but currently it's the only way to read Freedombone email on Android systems.
Build script for OpenKeychain:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
mkdir ~/develop
cd ~/develop
git clone https://github.com/bashrc/open-keychain
cd open-keychain
git checkout origin/bashrc/hidden-recipient-minimal
git checkout -b bashrc/hidden-recipient-minimal
cd tools
nano build.sh
#+END_SRC
Then add the following:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
#!/bin/bash
# This script is intended to be used on Debian systems for building
# the project. It has been tested with Debian 8
USERNAME=$USER
SIGNING_NAME='openkeychain'
SDK_VERSION='r23.3.4'
SDK_DIR=$HOME/android-sdk
cd ..
PROJECT_HOME=$(pwd)
sudo apt-get install build-essential default-jdk \
lib32stdc++6 lib32z1 lib32z1-dev
if [ ! -d $SDK_DIR ]; then
mkdir -p $SDK_DIR
fi
cd $SDK_DIR
# download the SDK
if [[ ! -f $SDK_DIR/android-sdk_$SDK_VERSION-linux.tgz ]]; then
wget https://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_$SDK_VERSION-linux.tgz
fi
tar -xzvf android-sdk_$SDK_VERSION-linux.tgz
SDK_DIR=$SDK_DIR/android-sdk-linux
echo 'Check that you have the SDK tools installed for Android 22, SDK 21.1.2'
export ANDROID_HOME=$SDK_DIR
echo "sdk.dir=$SDK_DIR" > $ANDROID_HOME/local.properties
export PATH=${PATH}:$ANDROID_HOME/tools:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools
cd $SDK_DIR/tools
./android sdk
if [ ! -f $SDK_DIR/tools/android ]; then
echo "$SDK_DIR/tools/android not found"
exit -1
fi
cd $SDK_DIR
chmod -R 0755 $SDK_DIR
chmod a+rx $SDK_DIR/tools
# android sdk
cd $PROJECT_HOME
git submodule init && git submodule update
if [ ! -f $SDK_DIR/tools/templates/gradle/wrapper/gradlew ]; then
echo "$SDK_DIR/tools/templates/gradle/wrapper/gradlew not found"
exit -2
fi
. $PROJECT_HOME/gradlew assembleDebug
# cleaning up
cd $PROJECT_HOME/OpenKeychain/build/outputs/apk
if [ ! -f OpenKeychain-debug.apk ]; then
echo 'OpenKeychain-debug.apk was not found'
exit -3
fi
echo 'Build script ended successfully'
echo -n 'apk is available at: '
echo "$PROJECT_HOME/OpenKeychain/build/outputs/apk/OpenKeychain-debug.apk"
exit 0
#+END_SRC
Save and exit with *CTRL-o*, *CTRL-x*.
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
chmod +x build.sh
./build.sh
#+END_SRC
Build script for K9:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
cd ~/develop
git clone https://github.com/k9mail/k-9
cd k-9
cd tools
nano build.sh
#+END_SRC
Then add the following:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
#!/bin/bash
# This script is intended to be used on Debian systems for building
# the project. It has been tested with Debian 8
USERNAME=$USER
SIGNING_NAME='k-9'
SDK_VERSION='r24.3.3'
SDK_DIR=$HOME/android-sdk
cd ..
PROJECT_HOME=$(pwd)
sudo apt-get install build-essential default-jdk \
lib32stdc++6 lib32z1 lib32z1-dev
if [ ! -d $SDK_DIR ]; then
mkdir -p $SDK_DIR
fi
cd $SDK_DIR
# download the SDK
if [ ! -f $SDK_DIR/android-sdk_$SDK_VERSION-linux.tgz ]; then
wget https://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_$SDK_VERSION-linux.tgz
tar -xzvf android-sdk_$SDK_VERSION-linux.tgz
fi
SDK_DIR=$SDK_DIR/android-sdk-linux
echo 'Check that you have the SDK tools installed for Android 17, SDK 19.1'
if [ ! -f $SDK_DIR/tools/android ]; then
echo "$SDK_DIR/tools/android not found"
exit -1
fi
cd $SDK_DIR
chmod -R 0755 $SDK_DIR
chmod a+rx $SDK_DIR/tools
ANDROID_HOME=$SDK_DIR
echo "sdk.dir=$SDK_DIR" > $ANDROID_HOME/local.properties
PATH=${PATH}:$ANDROID_HOME/tools:$ANDROID_HOME/platform-tools
android sdk
cd $PROJECT_HOME
if [ ! -f $SDK_DIR/tools/templates/gradle/wrapper/gradlew ]; then
echo "$SDK_DIR/tools/templates/gradle/wrapper/gradlew not found"
exit -2
fi
. $PROJECT_HOME/gradlew assembleDebug
# cleaning up
cd $PROJECT_HOME/k9mail/build/outputs/apk
if [ ! -f k9mail-debug.apk ]; then
echo 'k9mail-debug.apk was not found'
exit -3
fi
echo 'Build script ended successfully'
echo -n 'apk is available at: '
echo "$PROJECT_HOME/k9mail/build/outputs/apk/k9mail-debug.apk"
exit 0
#+END_SRC
Save and exit with *CTRL-o*, *CTRL-x*.
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
chmod +x build.sh
./build.sh
#+END_SRC
*** Import your GPG key into OpenKeychain
With your device connected to a laptop via USB cable and with USB debugging enabled on it:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
ssh username@domainname -p 2222
gpg --list-keys username@domainname
gpg --output ~/public_key.gpg --armor --export KEY_ID
gpg --output ~/private_key.gpg --armor --export-secret-key KEY_ID
cat ~/public_key.gpg ~/private_key.gpg > ~/mygpgkey.asc
exit
scp -P 2222 username@domainname:/home/username/mygpgkey.asc ~/
sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb
push ~/mygpgkey.asc /sdcard/
shred -zu ~/mygpgkey.asc
#+END_SRC
Then on your device select OpenKeychain and import your key from file.
*** Incoming server settings
* Select settings/account settings
* Select Fetching mail/incoming server
* Enter your username and password
* IMAP server should be your domain name
* Security: SSL/TLS (always)
* Authentication: Plain
* Port: 993
*** Outgoing (SMTP) server settings
* Select settings/account settings
* Select Sending mail/outgoing server
* Set SMTP server to your domain name
* Set Security to SSL/TLS (always)
* Set port to 465
* Set authentication to PLAIN
* Enter your username and password
* Accept the SSL certificate
*** Crypto settings
Select *settings*, *Account settings*, *OpenKeychain* and then select your key and press *Allow*. You should now be able to decrypt emails by entering your GPG passphrase.
You may also want to change the amount of time for which passwords are remembered, so that you don't need to enter your passphrase very often.
*** Folders
To view any new folders which you may have created using the /mailinglistrule/ script from your inbox press the *K9 icon* at the top left to access folders, then press the *menu button* and select *refresh folder list*.
If your folder still doesn't show up then press the *menu button*, select *show folders* and select *all folders*.
* Android apps
Mobile devices have a reputation for being quite insecure, so it's recommended that you don't store emails or GPG keys on your phone. Instead [[./app_mailpile.html][install Mailpile]] and access your email via the webmail interface.
* Subscribing to mailing lists
To subscribe to a mailing list log in as your user (i.e. not the root user).
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#+END_SRC
Select /Administrator controls/ then *Email filtering rules* then *Block/Unblock and email address* or *Block/Unblock email with subject line*. Also see the manpage for *freedombone-ignore*.
* Your own mailing list
If you want to set up a public mailing list then when installing the system remember to set the *PUBLIC_MAILING_LIST* variable within *freedombone.cfg* to the name of your list. The name should have no spaces in it. Public mailing lists are unencrypted so anyone will be able to read the contents, including non subscribers.
To subscribe to your list send a cleartext email to:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
mymailinglistname+subscribe@domainname
#+END_SRC
Tip: When using the Mutt email client if you want to send an email in cleartext then press *p* (for PGP) on the sending screen and select *clear*. Unsecure email is treated as being the exception rather than the default.
#+BEGIN_EXPORT html
<center>
Return to the <a href="index.html">home page</a>
</center>
#+END_EXPORT
* Using I2P for email transport
For the most paranoid use cases it is also possible to use I2P as an email transport mechanism. This will of course require the people you're communicating with to have a similar setup in place. For details see the [[./app_bdsmail.html][bdsmail app]]. An advantage of this is that it's very unlikely that your email will get blocked. The disadvantage is that few others will be capable of receiving email this way, and it's only really usable via the Mutt email client.

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#+TITLE:
#+AUTHOR: Bob Mottram
#+EMAIL: bob@freedombone.net
#+KEYWORDS: freedombone, debian, beaglebone, users
#+DESCRIPTION: Adding or removing users
#+OPTIONS: ^:nil toc:nil
#+HTML_HEAD: <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="freedombone.css" />
#+BEGIN_CENTER
[[file:images/logo.png]]
#+END_CENTER
Log into the system with:
#+BEGIN_SRC bash
ssh username@domainname -p 2222
#+END_SRC
Select *Administrator controls* then *User Management*.
[[file:images/controlpanel/control_panel_manage_users.jpg]]

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"<i>In times of aggressive corporatization, increasing enclosure of communication spaces, and blanket surveillance, emancipatory communication practices appear to be particularly well suited to offer concrete alternatives to activists and citizens alike</i>" &#x2013; Stefania Milan
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The base install of the system just contains an email server and Mutt client, but not much else. In addition from within the <b>Administrator control panel</b> under <b>Add/remove apps</b> the following are installable. This list only applies on the home server version, with the mesh network version having a different and smaller set of apps.
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<h2 id="orga565b08">Akaunting</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-1" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-1">Akaunting</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-1">
<p>
A web based accounts system for small businesses or freelancers.
</p>
@ -277,9 +184,9 @@ A web based accounts system for small businesses or freelancers.
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<h2 id="orga6c3fd1">BDS Mail</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-2" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-2">BDS Mail</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-2">
<p>
It's like ordinary email, but with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I2P">i2p</a> as the transport mechanism.
</p>
@ -289,9 +196,9 @@ It's like ordinary email, but with i
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<h2 id="org38c41a8">CryptPad</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-3" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-3">CryptPad</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-3">
<p>
Collaborate on editing documents, presentations and source code, or vote on things. All with a good level of security.
</p>
@ -301,9 +208,9 @@ Collaborate on editing documents, presentations and source code, or vote on thin
</p>
</div>
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<h2 id="org2b6d6ac">DLNA</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-4" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-4">DLNA</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-4">
<p>
Enables you to use the system as a music server which any DLNA compatible devices can connect to within your home network.
</p>
@ -313,9 +220,9 @@ Enables you to use the system as a music server which any DLNA compatible device
</p>
</div>
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<h2 id="org6bd9e13">Dokuwiki</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-5" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-5">Dokuwiki</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-5">
<p>
A databaseless wiki system.
</p>
@ -325,9 +232,9 @@ A databaseless wiki system.
</p>
</div>
</div>
<div id="outline-container-orgfb65777" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="orgfb65777">Edith</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-6" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-6">Edith</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-6">
<p>
Extremely simple and distraction-free notes system.
</p>
@ -337,9 +244,9 @@ Extremely simple and distraction-free notes system.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="orga976ffd">Emacs</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-7" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-7">Emacs</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-7">
<p>
If you use the Mutt client to read your email then this will set it up to use emacs for composing new mail.
</p>
@ -349,9 +256,17 @@ If you use the Mutt client to read your email then this will set it up to use em
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<h2 id="orgb91b541">Etherpad</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgb91b541">
<div id="outline-container-sec-8" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-8">Email Server</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-8">
<p>
Since many apps require email registration an email server is installed by default. You can find advice on using the email system <a href="./usage_email.html">here</a>.
</p>
</div>
</div>
<div id="outline-container-sec-9" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-9">Etherpad</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-9">
<p>
Collaborate on creating documents in real time. Maybe you're planning a holiday with other family members or creating documentation for a Free Software project along with other volunteers. Etherpad is hard to beat for simplicity and speed. Only users of the system will be able to access it.
</p>
@ -361,9 +276,9 @@ Collaborate on creating documents in real time. Maybe you're planning a holiday
</p>
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<h2 id="org78a1e7a">Federated wiki</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-10" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-10">Federated wiki</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-10">
<p>
A new approach to creating wiki content.
</p>
@ -373,9 +288,9 @@ A new approach to creating wiki content.
</p>
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</div>
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<h2 id="org61b2eec">Friendica</h2>
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<h2 id="sec-11">Friendica</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-11">
<p>
Federated social network system.
</p>
@ -385,9 +300,9 @@ Federated social network system.
</p>
</div>
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<h2 id="org6909894">Ghost</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-12" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-12">Ghost</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-12">
<p>
Modern looking blogging system.
</p>
@ -397,9 +312,9 @@ Modern looking blogging system.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgd3295e2">GNU Social</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgd3295e2">
<div id="outline-container-sec-13" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-13">GNU Social</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-13">
<p>
Federated social network based on the OStatus protocol. You can "<i>remote follow</i>" other users within the GNU Social federation.
</p>
@ -409,9 +324,9 @@ Federated social network based on the OStatus protocol. You can "remote follo
</p>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgf9c3325">Gogs</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgf9c3325">
<div id="outline-container-sec-14" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-14">Gogs</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-14">
<p>
Lightweight git project hosting system. You can mirror projects from Github, or if Github turns evil then just host your own projects while retaining the familiar <i>fork-and-pull</i> workflow. If you can use Github then you can also use Gogs.
</p>
@ -421,9 +336,9 @@ Lightweight git project hosting system. You can mirror projects from Github, or
</p>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgfde0d6d">HTMLy</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-15" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-15">HTMLy</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-15">
<p>
Databaseless blogging system. Quite simple and with a markdown-like format.
</p>
@ -433,9 +348,9 @@ Databaseless blogging system. Quite simple and with a markdown-like format.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org28717c9">Hubzilla</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org28717c9">
<div id="outline-container-sec-16" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-16">Hubzilla</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-16">
<p>
Web publishing platform with social network like features and good privacy controls so that it's possible to specify who can see which content. Includes photo albums, calendar, wiki and file storage.
</p>
@ -445,9 +360,9 @@ Web publishing platform with social network like features and good privacy contr
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org8b67211">Icecast media stream</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-17" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-17">Icecast media stream</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-17">
<p>
Make your own internet radio station.
</p>
@ -457,9 +372,9 @@ Make your own internet radio station.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org620e0a2">IRC Server (ngirc)</h2>
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<div id="outline-container-sec-18" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-18">IRC Server (ngirc)</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-18">
<p>
Run your own IRC chat channel which can be secured with a password and accessible via an onion address. A bouncer is included so that you can receive messages sent while you were offline. Works with Hexchat and other popular clients.
</p>
@ -469,18 +384,18 @@ Run your own IRC chat channel which can be secured with a password and accessibl
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<h2 id="orgaf23bf9">Jitsi Meet</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgaf23bf9">
<div id="outline-container-sec-19" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-19">Jitsi Meet</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-19">
<p>
Experimental WebRTC video conferencing system, similar to Google Hangouts. This may not be fully functional, but is hoped to be in the near future.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org24aec82">KanBoard</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org24aec82">
<div id="outline-container-sec-20" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-20">KanBoard</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-20">
<p>
A simple kanban system for managing projects or TODO lists.
</p>
@ -490,9 +405,9 @@ A simple kanban system for managing projects or TODO lists.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org45a3c93">Key Server</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org45a3c93">
<div id="outline-container-sec-21" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-21">Key Server</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-21">
<p>
An OpenPGP key server for storing and retrieving GPG public keys.
</p>
@ -502,9 +417,9 @@ An OpenPGP key server for storing and retrieving GPG public keys.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org0a24944">Koel</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org0a24944">
<div id="outline-container-sec-22" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-22">Koel</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-22">
<p>
Access your music collection from any internet connected device.
</p>
@ -514,9 +429,9 @@ Access your music collection from any internet connected device.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org3a2e6f7">Lychee</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org3a2e6f7">
<div id="outline-container-sec-23" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-23">Lychee</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-23">
<p>
Make your photo albums available on the web.
</p>
@ -526,9 +441,9 @@ Make your photo albums available on the web.
</p>
</div>
</div>
<div id="outline-container-org2ce1251" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="org2ce1251">Mailpile</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org2ce1251">
<div id="outline-container-sec-24" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-24">Mailpile</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-24">
<p>
Modern email client which supports GPG encryption.
</p>
@ -538,9 +453,9 @@ Modern email client which supports GPG encryption.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgc7cd13f">Matrix</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgc7cd13f">
<div id="outline-container-sec-25" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-25">Matrix</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-25">
<p>
Multi-user chat with some security and moderation controls.
</p>
@ -550,9 +465,9 @@ Multi-user chat with some security and moderation controls.
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgddb22c7">Mediagoblin</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgddb22c7">
<div id="outline-container-sec-26" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-26">Mediagoblin</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-26">
<p>
Publicly host video and audio files so that you don't need to use YouTube/Vimeo/etc.
</p>
@ -562,9 +477,9 @@ Publicly host video and audio files so that you don't need to use YouTube/Vimeo/
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org3443452">Mumble</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org3443452">
<div id="outline-container-sec-27" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-27">Mumble</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-27">
<p>
The popular VoIP and text chat system. Say goodbye to old-fashioned telephony conferences with silly dial codes. Also works well on mobile.
</p>
@ -574,9 +489,9 @@ The popular VoIP and text chat system. Say goodbye to old-fashioned telephony co
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org41c4d06">NextCloud</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org41c4d06">
<div id="outline-container-sec-28" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-28">NextCloud</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-28">
<p>
Store files on your server and sync them with laptops or mobile devices. Includes many plugins including videoconferencing and collaborative document editing.
</p>
@ -586,9 +501,9 @@ Store files on your server and sync them with laptops or mobile devices. Include
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org0b5e2de">PeerTube</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org0b5e2de">
<div id="outline-container-sec-29" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-29">PeerTube</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-29">
<p>
Peer-to-peer video hosting. Similar to Mediagoblin, but the P2P aspect better enables the streaming load to be shared across servers.
</p>
@ -598,9 +513,9 @@ Peer-to-peer video hosting. Similar to Mediagoblin, but the P2P aspect better en
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgbc69da3">PI-Hole</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgbc69da3">
<div id="outline-container-sec-30" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-30">PI-Hole</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-30">
<p>
The black hole for web adverts. Block adverts at the domain name level within your local network. It can significantly reduce bandwidth, speed up page load times and protect your systems from being tracked by spyware.
</p>
@ -610,9 +525,9 @@ The black hole for web adverts. Block adverts at the domain name level within yo
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="orgae7a92d">Pleroma</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-orgae7a92d">
<div id="outline-container-sec-31" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-31">Pleroma</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-31">
<p>
Fediverse instance which is compatible with GNU Social and Mastodon, and suited for systems without much RAM or CPU resource.
</p>
@ -622,9 +537,9 @@ Fediverse instance which is compatible with GNU Social and Mastodon, and suited
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org94767b4">PostActiv</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org94767b4">
<div id="outline-container-sec-32" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-32">PostActiv</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-32">
<p>
An alternative federated social networking system compatible with GNU Social, Pleroma and Mastodon. It includes some optimisations and fixes currently not available within the main GNU Social project.
</p>
@ -634,9 +549,9 @@ An alternative federated social networking system compatible with GNU Social, Pl
</p>
</div>
</div>
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<h2 id="org0ba2849">PrivateBin</h2>
<div class="outline-text-2" id="text-org0ba2849">
<div id="outline-container-sec-33" class="outline-2">
<h2 id="sec-33">PrivateBin</h2>
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Set up a VPN on your server so that you can bypass local internet censorship.
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Chat server which can be used together with client such as Gajim or Conversations to provide end-to-end content security and also onion routed metadata security. Includes advanced features such as <i>client state notification</i> to save battery power on your mobile devices, support for seamless roaming between networks and <i>message carbons</i> so that you can receive the same messages while being simultaneously logged in to your account on more than one device.
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<h1>Homesteading the Fediverse</h1>
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<b>Homesteading the Fediverse</b>
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Some things you might want to know about the Fediverse:
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The political definition of a federation is "<i>a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government</i>". The fediverse isn't exactly like that, in that there is no federal government. However there are protocols which govern the communication between instances and that might be analogized to being a sort of elemantary constitution or mutual agreement binding all participants together. The protocols are merely ways of moving data around though, and don't impose any sort of moral code.
The political definition of a federation is "<i>a union of partially self-governing states or regions under a central (federal) government</i>". The fediverse isn't exactly like that, in that there is no federal government. However there are protocols which govern the communication between instances and that might be analogized to being a sort of elementary constitution or mutual agreement binding all participants together. The protocols are merely ways of moving data around though, and don't impose any sort of moral code.
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The importance of this can't be overstated. Servers with lots of users always eventually have problems where the interests of the users are not the same as the interests of the server administrator. If you are the server administrator, or if there are only a small squad-size group of people on the server, then it's a lot easier to resolve differences and everyone's interests are likely to be similar.
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It's inevitable in any social network, but fortunately your options for dealing with it are better than they are in the giant proprietary monoliths. In the proprietary world Google or Facebook don't give a damn about the fate of individual users. On a server with a small number of users if you're getting griefed then the administrator is likely to care and be able to do something about it.
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Especially if other servers are publishing content which may not be legal in your jurisdiction then don't be afraid to use domain or user blocking from the <b>Administrator control panel</b>. The same applies if users on other servers are trying to harass you. Blocking creates politics and drama but <span class="underline">this is a feature not a bug</span>. It allows you to craft your own distinct community and user experience while also existing in the wider federation. It's hard to do this on sites like Twitter or Facebook. Try to keep blocking to a minimum though and avoid doing it for insubstantial reasons. If you have other users on your server then publish the blocked domains list somewhere they can see. That avoids disappointment and enables you to have a discussion about the validity of blocking decisions.
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Over time follows and blocking rules come to match the underlying social geography of affinity groups. Blocking will happen and users will move around or start new servers. Drama related to blocking will dissipate.
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Keep the number of other frequently active users you're following to under a couple of hundred. Your actual number of follows might be larger than this but could include users who rarely post anything.
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Keep the number of other users you're following and who are also active to under a couple of hundred. Any more than that and you'll just be overwhelmed by irrelevant stuff and whatever community you may have been part of will dissolve in a sea of entropy. There are no algorithmic timelines, and even if they're introduced then they create their own problems as an opaque form of censorship. <span class="underline">Real community happens at tribal scale</span>. It's something which people often don't like to admit because they get fixated upon bigger and bigger numbers, but it definitely seems to be true.
Once there are more than a couple of hundred highly active users in your timeline then you'll just be overwhelmed by irrelevant stuff and whatever community you may have been part of will be drowned in the entropy. There are no algorithmic timelines to hide posts, and even if they're introduced then they create their own problems as an opaque form of censorship. <span class="underline">Real community happens at tribal scale</span>. It's something which people often don't like to admit because they get fixated upon bigger and bigger numbers, but it definitely seems to be true.
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It may seem like a good idea and it may seem like you're doing a service to the community by allowing random strangers to register, but servers with thousands of users only cause problems - social, administrative, financial and possibly also legal. The financial strain of running a powerful server with high reliability may be enough to encourage the administrator to begin pushing advertising onto the system, or sell user content, and then before you know it you have identical problems to Twitter. Instead try to encourage people to set up their own servers. Follow this principle and a lot of arguments and stress will be more easily avoided.
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This site can also be accessed via a Tor browser at <a href="http://yjxlc3imv7obva4grjae6u3qw527koaytrgjgdp364hmthrst3jodiid.onion">http://yjxlc3imv7obva4grjae6u3qw527koaytrgjgdp364hmthrst3jodiid.onion</a>. This documentation is under the <a href="https://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.3.txt">GNU Free Documentation License version 1.3</a>
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