"Demonopolizing the internet with interoperability" (a Cory Doctorow piece): https://pluralistic.net/2021/09/24/comcom-acm/#cacm
Interoperability is the foundation of all open networks. It underlies the important freedoms of such a network: the ability to choose your own service provider, and choose how you access that service.
I've been thanked in the past by people for working on #XMPP, because it gives a wide choice of software, including options that suit their accessibility needs. Centralized systems don't honour individuality.
We're moving status and incident updates for Kosmos infrastructure to a new account!
Please follow @ops if you're using any Kosmos services, or if you're interested for other reasons. Thanks!
A little kosmos.social feature update: you can now properly search your entire history of posts and favorites in full-text.
Hat tip to @gregkare for setting it up.
You can now also connect to our XMPP server directly on the Tor network. Just use the following address as server/host:
More info: https://wiki.kosmos.org/Services:XMPP
By the way, in case you missed it, you can always check how we configure Mastodon, as well as other Kosmos apps and services, by looking at our infrastructure code.
Here's the current PR for Tor support for example: https://gitea.kosmos.org/kosmos/chef/pulls/95
Feel free to open new issues or discuss existing ones over there!
You can now access this instance from within the Tor network at the following address:
In fact, this very post was submitted from Tor Browser. 🕶️
Caveats: unfortunately, after redirects (e.g. login/logout), you'll have to manually replace "https" with "http" in your browser's address bar. And please be aware that images and other user files are still requested directly from AWS.
Wiki is back. (An unattended MySQL upgrade broke the setup this morning.)
kosmos.social is now running Mastodon 2.9.0, which comes with a shiny new one-column layout. If you're not a fan of the Tweetdeck-style columns, be sure to check it out! (Also nice with the light-color theme version.)
Just go to preferences and remove the checkmark from "Enable advanced web interface".
Blog post about new layout: https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/06/mastodon-2.9/
Release notes: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.9.0
Our infrastructure code is finally public: https://gitea.kosmos.org/kosmos/chef/issues
You can find our Mastodon setup in there, as well as config most other services we run. Feel free to open issues, in case you find something broken, or you want to propose a change. PRs accepted as well, of course.
kosmos.social migration, planned downtime
We neglected to check the time-to-live for the kosmos.social DNS record, so the downtime may have taken much longer than half an hour for you. Sorry about that!
The good news is that we're running on a nice new server, with the current Ubuntu LTS release, and much newer hardware.
We're launching public developer calls for all things Kosmos, every Wednesday at 9am UTC, from today on: https://wiki.kosmos.org/Main_Page#Public_weekly_calls
Official project account for all things Kosmos, including this Mastodon instance.
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