prophet of the book of links
brutaldon in links2
Let's start this one slow. It has been written in the holy book of the links2 cult, that anyone, who wishes to brave the sickly sands of the plain-web desert unprepared, must brace themselves for the horrors of digital diseases. And truly, the prophets of old (browsers) were right. Trackers, auto-playing media, ads that watch one urinate...
The prophet rose to his feet without saying a word and walked some distance away from the firepit, around which the apostles sat. They observed him patiently, silently reaching into their pockets for chewed quills and almost emptied ink jars. They knew the prophet would speak. Some minutes passed. All that one could hear were buzzing sounds of prehistoric insects around the flame and the ocasional crack and sift of the damp branches in the pit. The horned redskinned apostle could not bear the prophet's silence any longer:
The other apostles whispered in surprise. Afraid how the prophet would react to the devil's blasphemous outcry.
"Thou have missed the lesson, child. We have not chosen this path for easy comforts. We chose it, for we believe there are right ways and there are poor ways. It is true that our world is changing to some benefit of our brethren in the cyber war, but the machine has clouded the judgement of most. Their abodes stand on a foundation of exploits. They no longer can see the right way."
The prophet paused for a moment and looked up at the moon, clouded by the branches of the forest. Then continued:
The horned apostle hung his head in shame, asking for the prophet's forgiveness. But the prophet reassured him:
"It is not blasphemous to question our ways. Now listen, for I will tell you how to find your friends."
How to reach the fediverse with links2
Way of trust
If there is someone you trust and they offer you to use their brutaldon instance, your battle is already won. You just direct links2 to the url.
Here we are using a publicly reachable instance brutaldon.org.
$ links2 brutaldon.org
Way of purity
You may want to run a brutaldon server locally, just for yourself and connect to it through a socket. This way the only person you need to trust is yourself.
- install python3 and pip, ie:
# pkg_add python3 python3-pip
- install pipenv through pip:
$ pip install pipenv
$ git clone https://gitlab.com/brutaldon/brutaldon
$ cd brutaldon
$ pipenv install
$ pipenv run python ./manage.py migrate
$ pipenv run python ./manage.py runserver
At this point your local brutaldon server is running. Point links2 to 127.0.0.1:8000
$ links2 127.0.0.1:8000
Now listen very closely
People get this wrong and blame the holy browser for faults that are in fact its features. Whether you took the way of trust or purity, the following applies to both.
- Click on
- Go to the bottom and select
old login form
- Enter your credentials and log in
- You will be brought back to the main page, seemingly not logged in.
- Click on
- Hard-refresh the page with Ctrl+r
- Mastodon menu pops up at the top, choose whichever
Why the extra step???
links2 by design caches all pages you visit during the session. This is a feature so you don't go around wasting bandwidth. Similarly, while using brutaldon, you will want to remember the refresh shortcut for every time you want to update the feeds or notifications.
And of course, the preceeding steps apply to any browser. You already know I use mothra with brutaldon this way.