This is a documentation about an ongoing process of installing and maintaining a local server at the L200 space in Zurich and making it part of a wider federation of such servers based on the RSS protocol, a Really Simple Federation (RSF).
N.B.: Federation come from latin foedus, "alliance"
Installing and maintaining a local server is not for everyone - but is not just for ubergeek and seasoned sysadmin.
We would like to make such a process easier to understand and implement for people that have some basic skills (e.g., can use the terminal for running GNU/Linux commands) but not have specialized expertise on system administration.
Take charge of digital services for people it's like growing vegetables in a vegetable garden, or in a greenhouse. For us, installing a server means to plant a server - and grow a server according to what we like and to what is useful for people. It can be the seed of a federated system, propagate and replicate itself, adapting to local needs and very diverse groups and communities.
This effort is financially supported by the project Cultures 4 Resilience, whose original web site at https://c4r.info is now being developed as a federation of the project's partners main web sites. The demo of this federation is at https://rsf.mazizone.net.
Previous work on deploying local servers on a Raspberry Pi, accessible also offline is available at https://mazizone.net
Here is a short interview with our server, called Lennon in the context of the 7at7 series.
And this is her song:
Imagine there's no Cloud / It's easy if you try / No big data below us / Above us only sky
Imagine all the servers living for today / Imagine there's no surveillance / It isn't hard to do / Nothing to sell or optimize for / And no addiction too
Imagine all the servers running code in peace
You may say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one / I hope someday you'll join us / And the Internet will be as one
Imagine no profiling / I wonder if you can / No need for trackers or cookies / A sisterhood of code / Imagine all the servers belonging to the world
You may say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one / I hope someday you'll join us / And the Internet will live as one
This web site, https://docs.mazizone.net, is actually running on Lennon, located at Langstrasse 200 in Zurich.