Ever since we presented our idea about EndeavourOS to you, we always promised to use open source social media.
Before we had a working website and forum, we opened a telegram account even though we were fully aware that this channel isn’t completely open-source. Since a lot of members were already on Telegram and some of them had trouble with the Antergos forum, we chose to open it. This media was and is very important in this start-up phase.
We’re proud to present that our Mastodon channel is now officially open. For those who are not familiar with Mastodon, it is the open-source answer to Facebook and Twitter. So there’s no big company behind it to collect data and personal information. If you’re interested in how it works, just watch this video over here:
Our Mastodon channel is linked to the website, so every time we post news or important notifications, the channel gets simultaneously updated. We’re also going to use it when the server is down due to technical reasons or bugs.
For our Telegram members, don’t worry, we’re not going to close the Telegram channel this instance, Mastodon is another social media channel for us and this one meets the wishes for our members who don’t like closed source social media. It is our intention, though, to make Mastodon our main social media channel.
As for the question on an open source chat program, we chose for the forum software Discourse, which is open source. The reason we preferred Discourse is that the forum can handle Desktop and Mobile Device formats easily, so this saves us time in maintaining another media platform. I know that there are lot of members who’d like to see us open an IRC channel, but keep in mind that we do this on the side and our main task is to keep the distro up and running as well.
For those who already are on Mastodon and also for those who want to join in, you can visit us on: