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This is a reminder that it's okay to choose large instances, it's okay to choose small instances, it's okay to choose multiple instances, and it's okay to change instances.

Just try to remember to caption your images and put potentially upsetting stuff behind a content warning (CW).

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Hi! mastodon.social is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have; I'm working on making it go fast again, but in the meantime, do remember to invite people to joinmastodon.org instead of directly to mastodon.social. People don't have to be on the same server to follow you! Thanks!

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Dear new users:

It's alright to take your time and get up to speed on here. You don't have to hit the ground running. You might have picked up the habit of interacting with social media as it it were naturally a competitive performance--we all did--but the best thing about Mastodon and the fediverse beyond it is that it's not like that. Take some time to decompress.

It took me about six months to fully drop the armor that I'd been wearing from being on other sites. That was three years ago. This place changes lives.

Also, it's okay to be picky. Sign up at a new instance, if the first one you pick isn't the best fit possible. You'll find your home, and folks here understand it takes trial and error.

Above all, take a deep breath. What feels weird now will make sense pretty quickly.

Glad to have you.

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Hey friends just a note that Mastodon instances are usually run by just one or two people, and generally in their spare time. If you can spare a buck or two a month to support the hardware/internet costs, it sure helps. Check your home instance to see if they're accepting donations!

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As one of the main Mastodon developers, I can't promise you that Mastodon will be a complete and exact Twitter replacement for you, but it may fit your use-cases, at least it does for me.

Just keep in mind that it is not exactly the same thing, some core design decisions are different (there isn't an unique centrally-governed website, but many interconnected servers operated by different individuals and organizations) and thus the tradeoffs can be different as well.

While I personally don't think Mastodon should aim at being an exact replacement to Twitter, I do hope Mastodon can be useful to more people wanting an alternative to Twitter! And I know there are lots of room for improvement, on things we do know, and on things we don't.

Also keep in mind that Mastodon is developed by only two core developers payed through a non-profit funded through sponsorship, grants and donations, so please be patient!

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@ubuntu 22.04: it's GOOD! Let's take a look at the new features, and also what's new in the various flavors!

#Linux #opensource

youtu.be/oUkl1NrsBI8

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I’m seeing some discourse about the lack of a local timeline in the official Mastodon mobile app. I do think that timeline could be nice on smaller instances where you expect everyone to share a common interest, but I think it’s mostly useful for discovery. Here’s my proposal:

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Hey everyone. I've got some exciting plans to share regarding what I want to work on for GNOME 43 and beyond. Take a look here: blogs.gnome.org/christopherdav

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What fedi software are you using right now?

:boost_rainbow: for larger audience pls

It's now been 6 months since I started using Fedora Silverblue, marking the longest period of time I've spent on a single Linux distro other than elementary OS.

Overall, it's been a great experience, and I don't see myself going back to any traditional distro (i.e. not immutable like Silverblue is) in the near future.

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We're proud to share the release of GNOME 42! After months of hard work from all our teams, this release brings many improvements and exciting new features, like dark mode!

youtu.be/du-2QpWbiLU
#GNOME42 #releaseday

Learn more about all the changes in #GNOME42 in our release notes: release.gnome.org/42

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Looking for an intro to elementary OS? We’ve written a “Learning the Basics” guide to introduce the desktop and how to navigate windows, workspaces, and more. If you’re already a seasoned elementary OS user, keep this link on hand to share with new users! elementary.io/docs/learning-th

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PSA: The Tow-Boot project (tow-boot.org) have just put out their 4th release, officially supporting the @PINE64 #PinePhone and #PinePhonePro: github.com/Tow-Boot/Tow-Boot/r

If you're wondering what EBBR is: arm-software.github.io/ebbr/in. Basically, Tow-Boot delivers UEFI on ARM and thus makes work for distributions a lot easier.

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does anyone who is visually impaired or otherwise rely on screen readers have any experience with trying to use linux ?

from what i can tell the linux experience seems pretty hostile to screen readers, and there's not very much resources dedicated to orca, which seems to be the main implementation .

please share your experiences with me if you can, i want to try to make things better .

please boost :boost_requested:

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Hey everyone - I plan to move my fedi presence from my own instance to a friend’s instance, jade.moe. My new account is @brainblasted. Please follow there if you follow me here. social.libre.fi is likely to be shut down within the next two months.

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Continuing to reap the benefits of cross-desktop collaboration!

Epiphany Technology Preview straight from WebKit.org (bleeding edge upstream WebKit and GNOME Web bundled as a Flatpak) now just works with elementary OS 6’s dark style preference.

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