There’s quite an interesting discussion on this forum about Mastodon, but since the original question is about clients I did not want to “pollute” that topic.
Is anyone here running her/his own Mastodon instance?
On which hardware?
Using which instructions?
I have a Raspberry Pi 4 with 8 GB memory that’s already running Homebridge and a MQTT broker; I wonder whether it can -additionally?- run a Mastodon instance. If I would do this, it would be just for me (one or a few accounts; no heavy load of users).
https://twit.social/ seems like a good choice for folks who have an interest in tech. I also like that Leo Laporte has been a consistent advocate of Mastodon, and seems to really understand the underlying point of the Fediverse.
The instance contains several containers web, database etc. needs ~ 1.5 GB memory and storage. As the instance will cache every posts and images of people you follow the cache grows even on an single instance.
Right now ~ 400 MB/day. So make sure to cleanup via cron or externalize this storage to some S3 or B2.
I would suggest to try it out on the pi and see what happens. Should work I guess.
Right now, at least on really loaded servers, this isn’t happening. In my case, it seems to have dropped about half. In other users’ experience, no followers were moved and no automated announcement happened, possibly because of overload.