Debian GNU/Linux is prepping a micro-blogging platform similar to mastodon, which will use Pleroma to host Peertube as a federated video sharing platform, with Pixelfed for image publishing, and Jitsi for web video conferencing.
While Debian already has the debian.social domain where they'll most likely deploy the new set of services to publish content and collaborate with Debian contributors in their own federated social platform.
According to the Debian lists, the launch of the new service is targeted to help contributors to collaborate more and be able to share their works directly on the social platform.
Why A Federated Social Platform?
The Debian Social team outlines the very early stage and plans to go further over the next quarter with Debian.Social domain, which is designed to host the social activities of Debian contributors.
All the social service is geared at creating, integrating and aggregating all Debian-related news, updates or contents in one single platform. And irrespective of whether anyone is a project member or not, they won’t have to go to a random platform to share Debian-related content anymore.
Moreover, every member is free to share their ideas, current projects, or work with other members on the platform and the official team can also post any current updates.
How to get Started with Debian Social
The Debian social platform is currently under development, with critical bug fixing at this stage. But, you can request for a test account to help with testing the service before the actual release of the beta version.
To get started, you have to create a salsa account which will serve as a form of authentication. After that, create a ticket from salsa.debian.org and wait for your account to get activated for the Debian social platform.
And Debian contributors can also log in to any of the service using the account of a particular platform, for instance, if you’re already on Pleroma service, you can browse or comment on Peertube using your Pleroma account.