It turns out I can't endlessly iterate my attempts to Let's Encrypt certificate generation and acquisition.

The service quite rightly limits the rate you can request a certificate for the same set of domains.

So I guess that means I need to get it right before trying it 😕

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It's quite difficult to advocate for FOSS software in Education when the NSW Government doesn't even transparently disclose how much they spend on Google services.
#digitaleschule #FediLZ #twlz

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Is this something you've ever done with Ansible, @mherbert? Am I missing a trick and it's actually straightforward to automate Certbot configure–generate–letsencrypt–install of a certificate?

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Alright, how am I supposed to make an SSL certificate

* Entirely automated (using Ansible, if it matters) and repeatable at arbitrary future times
* Signed by Let's Encrypt
* That actually results in a certificate signed by the private key I specified?

When I try, I get a certificate which Apache declines to serve, because it doesn't match the private key I'm using :-(

SSL certificates are (given the existing alternatives) necessary and good. By default, TLS encrypted communications are what everything should use, and exceptions should be specific and rare.

Holy cow though, is it complex and tedious and baroque to automate SSL certificate configuration, generation, acquisition, installation.

A salient example of how is at odds with . Of the many road blocks to automating certificate workflow, most are there to prevent vulnerabilities.

So let me get this straight,

You accept , but instead of just telling me which address to send money to,

you send me to *your* payment processor

who then requires *me* to send personally identifying government ID to have an account with *them*

when I have no use for that account. no way I trust them with my passport, and you're the one who wants to use them in the first place

just so that I can send Bitcoin to you?

Why won't you just take my money for services, Gandi?

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i hate Parler, am glad it's gone, hope it never comes back, and hope everyone who was posting violence on it rots in hell.

BUT....the fact that Amazon could flip a switch and erase a social network shows quite clearly that "the cloud" is not a resilient network hosting provider. what good is ~~horizontal scaling~~ if one guy at one company can say "nah, turn that off" and your app/site/whatever is just gone?

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Hello everyone.

I'm new to Mastodon. I am a FOSS lover, although, as I am still a student, I do not have much knowledge.

Thank you for reading my

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Hey! New user here. I love how the fediverse works and decided to give it a try. I love GNU+Linux and FOSS software in general.
PS: how can I add those little distro logos next to my name? It's cool

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Why the most servers send before I confirm my consent for "Cookies policy" popup?

Updating my separate cell phone for keeping work distinct from life, I am extremely for the project: a decent free-as-it-can-be OS, to replace the awful proprietary crap on my mobile devices.

So, a instance I enjoyed closed its doors.

I made use of the “export all data” feature for my account. Now the instance is gone, and I have a big data dump of my account data.

How do I migrate *everything* – not just my settings, but all posts, media, replies/boosts/etc. – to a new instance, seamlessly?

I'm aware that at *some* point these services need to somehow interact with banks, the credit card monopolies, and/or cryptocurrency. That's basically unavoidable.

What I'm hoping is to learn of services that aren't a horrible nightmare for me (the recipient) or my patrons; in the realms of privacy, or security, or monopoly, etc.

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Okay, time to about ways to get funding that are not the big platforms.

What recommendations do you have for online “pay me if you like what I do” services, which respect the people at both ends and aren't horrible?

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Hi guys ! I am a Debian user from France and I am new to here.

Howdy @libravatar, a question (thanks to @nicd): what infrastructure needs to be funded for Libravatar, and who pays for that?

I see that a user can freely choose where to host their avatar image. What about the online database associating email address to avatar URL?

Any other centralised/single-funding point traps to be aware of with Libravatar?

Setting up a site with user profiles, and wanting to give users control over their own avatar image.

Centralised platforms suck, especially for something as personal as identity and avatars.

Much better to give people the option to pick a provider. So I am for Libravatar. My site doesn't force you into one avatar provider; you associate the email address you control, with an avatar image hosted anywhere you like.

Holy cow, default key bindings now have the “Menu” key invoke `M-x`.

My world is incrementally better and I lament that I didn't know this years (and much physical stress on hands) earlier.

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I hate to ask, but here goes.

I'm looking for a role as a . or . Preferably where I have previous work ex from.

I've been looking a while and nothing with the right fit has come along. Work life balance is super important. If UK, happy to work completely in your timezone!

My site is and I'm happy to email you my CV/resume. Will start immediately once we're on the same page. 💯


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