Today post is about Brutaldon, a Mastodon/Pleroma interface in old fashion HTML like in the web 1.0 era. I will explain how it works and how to install it. Tested and approved on an 16 years old powerpc laptop, using Mastodon with w3m or dillo web browsers!
Brutaldon is a mastodon client running as a web server. This mean you have to connect to a running brutaldon server, you can use a public one like Brutaldon.online and then you will have two ways to connect to your account:
- there is “old login” method in which you have to provide your instance address, your account login and password. This is not really safe because the brutaldon instance will known about your credentials, but you can use any web browser with that. There are not much security issues if you use a local brutaldon instance
How to install it
The installation is quite easy, I wish this could be as easy more
often. You need a python3 interpreter and
pipenv. If you don’t have
pipenv, you need
pip to install
pipenv. On OpenBSD this would
$ pip3.8 install --user pipenv
Note that on some system, pip3.8 could be pip3, or pip. Due to the coexistence of python2 and python3 for some time until we can get ride of python2, most python related commands have a suffix to tell which python version it uses.
If you install pipenv with pip, the path will be
Now, very easy to proceed! Clone the code, run pipenv to get the dependencies, create a sqlite database and run the server.
$ git clone http://git.carcosa.net/jmcbray/brutaldon.git $ cd brutaldon $ pipenv install $ pipenv run python ./manage.py migrate $ pipenv run python ./manage.py runserver
And voilà! Your brutaldon instance is available on http://localhost:8000, you only need to open it on your web browser and log-in to your instance.
As explained in the
INSTALL.md file of the project, this method
isn’t suitable for a public deployment. The code is a Django webapp
and could be used with wsgi and a proper web server. This setup is
beyond the scope of this article.