Deploying an instance of a written-in-Rust social network by:
1) $ cargo new instance_name --bin
2) Editing Cargo.toml *
3) $ cargo run **
*) The Cargo.toml file would list a set of social network building blocks as dependencies, and include all necessary configuration (e.g. domain name)
**) starts the server in the background.
I don't know if this is possible or just insane, but that's really the level of flexibility I dream about in a social networking server
@zatnosk I don't think most developers work "backward" like this but I think it's a good perspective
@kai the point of it all would be that you wouldn't have to be a developer to deploy an instance (just a tech enthusiast), but still get the stability and ease of use that developers get when compiling their code.
Also, compiling everything on a local machine is good for your freedoms :P
(And people could of course easily distribute pre-compiled versions of this system)
@zatnosk Pleroma is easy enough with a tutorial (maybe I'll try Mastodon next!), but had something gone wrong with one of the magical scripts or configuration or whatever is going on there, I don't think I would have been able to fix it. I still don't understand how it works.
Private mastodon server run by Zatnosk