Monthly update: November 2020

by Hostmaster

Survey results, OS upgrades and a new service: Mobilizon!

Keyoxide is a newcomer in the thorny issue of proving your identity online. There can be many cases when you would want to provide people with a way to verify that the person they interact with is actually you. From the official website:

Keyoxide allows you to link accounts on various online services and platforms together, prove they belong to you and establish an online identity. This puts you, the internet citizen, in charge when it comes to defining who you are on the internet instead of large corporations.

You can think of Keyoxide as a better-designed, fully open and decentralised alternative :confetti_ball: to Keybase (acquired by Zoom in 2020).


destination A big :blue_heart: THANK YOU :heart: to all donators who took the time to fill in the survey form. The feedback has been extremely positive overall :relieved:. Here is an overview of the results:

  • Most of our donators are only using a portion of the available services, but almost everyone is planning on using more services. There is also a growing interest for presentation and quick how-to using our videoconference solution Jitsi Meet.
  • Among the pre-selected list of services to add to our catalogue, Mobilizon gathered the most votes (and is now available).
  • Our public services are mostly used by external users, and so far those services have not brought any new donators. That is also despite the surge in number of external users since the COVID-19 crisis (thanks to the Chatons ‘help one another’ portal).
  • Regarding support, most people favour good old email, both for feature requests and incidents.

Finally, we have some interesting responses on things that could be improved:

  • Quick links on the wiki, similar to the Our services page of the Nomagic website. (done :white_check_mark:).
  • API access to some services. On this note, we would like to mention that we do not filter anything regarding applications’ API. If an API exists, you are free to use it. Same for CLI tools.
  • Better collaboration possibilities for some services (namely Kanboard & Gitlab). Looking into this, there may be a way to implement this. We are currently doing some testing and will report more on that by next month.



Applications upgrades

The following applications were upgraded to their latest stable version last month:

  • gitlab
  • pleroma: the interface has slightly changed, the access to the different timelines is now at the top of the message thread.
  • funkwhale: the small update fixes 2 issues that we raised from feedback
  • matrix: only server-side
  • Tiny Tiny RSS


Reminder: Important maintenance will show in advance on our calendar, which you can follow if you want to, by following the ical feed.

We have upgraded most of the containers, with only half a dozen remaining :muscle:. Those will have to be planned carefuly though, because they are part of the infrastructure and are likely to impact all other containers.

Bugs and issues

  • We are still facing short-time latencies almost daily with regards to our load-balancers. No progress so far.

Coming up

web feeds

Our road map now includes:

Short-term objectives

  • Keep track of the Pleroma issue on following Peertube accounts. There is some news here (from there).
  • Finish rewriting the ToS / CoC / Privacy policy both in English and French.

Mid-term objectives

  • Update all servers to the latest release.
  • Keep on implementing security/privacy policies.

Long-term objectives

  • Implementing Single Sign-On (SSO) so that Nomagic users won’t have to authenticate on each and every service in their Web browser.

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