what is better for single user instance, or maybe something small like under 10 users (no communities)? which is lighter on resources? how much storage should I allocate?

any alternatives to lemmy and kbin that are still somewhat similar?

  • @u_tamtam
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    611 months ago

    Damn, this is so much worse than good ol’ RSS for just following up stuff (which I imagine is the main argument to be made for a single-usee instance)

    • Jamie
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      1511 months ago

      The arguments for are varied. I don’t have to worry about any admins making decisions on federation, I can federate (or not) however I please. I have my own space that I can do what I want with in a familiar format, and I can make my username Jamie without it being taken.

      • @[email protected]
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        611 months ago

        Yep, making federation decisions myself is why I want to spin up my own instance at some point, and I have spare computing resources as is already lol

      • @u_tamtam
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        411 months ago

        fair points! But that’s a high price to pay in terms of computing resources.

        I wish federation in the “fediverse” sense was as inexpensive as in the XMPP world (or at least seem to be)

        • @[email protected]
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          11 months ago

          High price? It’s really not very intensive at all, at low user count. Super light on storage too. I think BeeHaw (one of the biggest instances) said their whole instance was only like 25GB (a week ago)

          • @u_tamtam
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            211 months ago

            I meant, comparatively: you can host thousands of active jabber accounts on a RPi at the same time, and that will cost you pennies in electricity a week. I know this isn’t close to an apple-to-apple comparison (different protocols, different capabilities and features, …), but what interests me when people bring-up federated protocols is how much will it actually be used that way in practice (wrt. server dimensioning vs number of users, effort to set-up and administrate, etc), and how effectively we are breaking away from the centralized internet that’s so nefarious. And sorry if this is shifting the thread away from where we started at :)

          • Jamie
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            111 months ago

            Yeah, I mentioned on another comment that storage space is the last thing to worry about, 1GB of storage is typically a fraction of a penny.

        • Jamie
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          111 months ago

          It’s not that bad, I’m hosting my instance in a small corner of a friend’s server and not making any impact on it.

        • TortoiseWrath
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          One more anecdote for y’all to pluralize into data: my instance is currently using 915Mi of storage for pictrs and 976Mi for postgres, roughly 650Mi of RAM (including postgres), and negligible CPU

      • TortoiseWrath
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        11 months ago

        My other reason is that it’s the only way to know I picked an instance that isn’t going to just go away without me and take my account with it. It will be an interesting day when the first major lemmy instance goes down…

      • JakeBacon
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        111 months ago

        Yeah, if I stick with Lemmy (which seems highly likely) I want to put up my own private instance for similar reasons and maybe even invite friends and family that I can talk into it.

    • CyclohexaneOP
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      111 months ago

      yeah for real I have been thinking the same lol. sadly a feed reader is just a reader. Would not be able to comment or post, which is the main reason I will go with a self hosted instance.

      • Wiredfire
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        511 months ago

        As a middle ground you could follow a Lemmy community‘s RSS feed then jump in via the link for anything you wanted to see the conversation for :)