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Posts with the tag free-software: a new diaspora* pod

Info The pod does not exist anymore. Diaspora* is a Free/Libre privacy focused federated social network written in Ruby. It it to Facebook what Mastodon is to Twitter. I have joined Diaspora about 3 years ago when I was discovering all the FOSS/decentralized stuff, and I have been using the Framasphere pod (by Framasoft) since then. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t really active these last months, but I have been wanting to host my own instance for a few years.

Add a dynamic MOTD to your Linux server

Setting up a MOTD on your server adds a nice touch that welcomes you warmly every time you connect to it. I used to make my own MOTD in ASCII text, but I’ve been using dynamic-motd by ldidry for a few years. It’s simple Bash and Python scripts that are executed in place of the MOTD. It seems they are only compatible with Debian-based distributions, though. It’s very easy to setup.

Do a speedtest from your terminal with speedtest-cli

Have you ever wanted to make a speedtest from your terminal, and not from these heavy websites stuffed with ads? How about from a headless machine like a server? Tip Update: there is now an official and more reliable CLI. Well you can, with speedtest-cli, a open source python script that uses the API. It’s lightweight and easy to install: you just have to install Python 2.x or 3.x on your machine and download the .

My custom Ghost theme

Note 05/2020 update: I moved to a new theme. The one described in this post is still open source although not maintained. For the record, here is how it looked before I stopped using it: As I said in my introduction post, the default theme for Ghost, Casper, as been reworked a few months ago a looks very good now. I’m not completely fond of the theme though, so there are a few things that I wanted to modify.

Micro: a modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor

Text editors are a very personal choice and can lead to endless debates to discuss which one is the best. Across terminal editors, Vim and Nano are certainly the most popular. Vim is complex, but highly customizable and incredibly efficient when you master it, and Nano is easy to approach and use but is way less powerful. And in between, there is now micro: it’s a terminal text editor like the two above, but with the best of both worlds.