Today is my last day at Inrupt! I am very excited about what the future is going to bring, but I will also fondly look back on my time here.

If there's one thing I will miss, it's the fine people I got to work with: both my wonderful colleagues at Inrupt, and the wider Solid community: @Zwifi, @noeldemartin, @michielbdejong, and a whole bunch of people not on the Fediverse.

I'm very proud to have been able to work on a library that will play a central role in many Solid apps. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, which is not something I can say about everything I've ever worked on 😅

It's true though: solid-client is *very* extensively tested, so far has not had unplanned breaking changes, and has an API that I think works well when writing Solid apps.

In fact, I experienced that solid-client works well first-hand, when using it in my spare time to build what I'm proud to consider a vital tool for Solid app developers: Penny.

...which brings me to : the enthusiasm around it is fantastic, and even in my life-after-Inrupt I would love to see it succeed.

Which means that yes, I'll try to stay involved, keep maintaining Penny, keep empowering people building on top of it.


I also want to continue seeing the Solid community grow beyond the limited demographic it used to represent, and to support the fantastic initiatives that have been and will be started that help make this happen. To make this work for everyone, we need to involve everyone.

Anyway, it's been a great ride, and I want to thank everyone who made it so. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what will become of both Solid and Inrupt.

And if anyone wants to discuss anything Solid, get in touch!

@VincentTunru Your projet looks nice ! I saw a very little bit about Solid, could you indicate me in which way it could help in our digital lives ?

@Matthieu The main idea is that applications built on Solid do not assume control of the data you generate through it: instead of it being stored on their servers (for example, if you use the Twitter app, the Tweets you write are stored on Twitter's servers), they're stored in a place of your choice.


In a sense, it's similar to Mastodon: I use @pinafore, for example, but my data is stored on @fosstodon. However, I can only use Mastodon-specific apps to do microblogging on Fosstodon. If I want to e.g. share photos, I'll create a @pixelfed account on a different server and use Pixelfed apps.

With Solid, I'd just have my Solid account ("Pod"), and my microblogging and photo sharing apps could all store their data there.

@VincentTunru very interesting ! I should give it a shot when I will revive my Raspberry Pi !

@Matthieu @VincentTunru you can also sign up with a free pod provider to try it out.

Selfhosting should be feasible and is always great to ensure a healthy ecosystem :toot:

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