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HDD or SSD for a home server?
  • It's just for receiving, like aliases.

  • HDD or SSD for a home server?

    I'm new to this stuff so go easy on me.

    So I want to get into selfhosting, and I've decided to get a Raspberry Pi 5. I plan to attach drives to it, from about 500GB-1TB. I'm on a budget, preferably under $100.

    I want to host these things:

    • A personal lemmy instance
    • A samba server, to store files and backups
    • A mail server
    • A few other light docker containers

    I was wondering whether I should get an SSD or an HDD for these. Lemmy would probably like an SSD because it uses Postgres, but an HDD would be better for storage since I get more GB per dollar.

    What should I go with?

    No Mercy
  • Windows is preventing Windows from shutting down

  • Double loading bug
  • SSR is disabled on just like alexandrite, so you probably wont have the issue there.

  • Here's an alleged Pixel 9 in a surprisingly vibrant pink
  • I hated that design initially but it's growing on me. Although the previous ones were better imo.

  • Lemmy now has alt text, photon is adding it
  • Updated! it now appears on click and also works in list/compact modes.

  • Shopping app Temu is “dangerous malware,” spying on your texts, lawsuit claims
  • Ads for a platform with political views that despise them. Ironic

  • goddamnit
  • Webp is great for web images though, it's very efficient

    JXL is always in my heart though 🪦

  • Shopping app Temu is “dangerous malware,” spying on your texts, lawsuit claims
  • What does Boost have over clients like Voyager?

  • [Meta] Could we maybe consider something else than the EU flag for the community icon?
  • What's dumb about the scaling? The resolution? if so, I'll fix that.

  • Double loading bug
  • That's because SSR is enabled. And photon doesn't have access to the Lemmy database completely, so it can't figure out what account you're using until the client fully loads Photon. So what's happening is this:

    Server: loads posts with default settings

    client starts loading...

    Client: takes over server and loads posts client side using the users settings.

    This will lead to different posts depending on what sort you use, what location, and if it differs from the server.

  • Photon is 1 year old!

    One year ago, on June 24, 2023, I saw the migration to Lemmy. I wanted to make something like libreddit, so I decided to mess with Lemmy's API. Lemmy became something I wanted to use daily, so I got to work, and I made the first commit:


    I started with something that reused components from another project of mine, Imagi. It looked awful and had no features. But, some people actually started using it, and I was motivated to continue this.

    After about a month 0.0.1 was released, with very basic features.

    One of the earliest Photon versions

    I added a pull request that would fix navigation for me and probably many other people
  • The frontpage is accessible at the logo on the navbar?

  • !, for beautiful data!
  • Well links are supposed to be just !community@instance.url, but for some reason people keep making it an actual markdown link which is not what you're supposed to do. It's like Reddit's r/community. You dont need a markdown link.

  • !, for beautiful data!
  • It's how you're supposed to make links. I've tried a lot to fix people's messed up links for them in photon, but it ends up breaking other stuff

  • Stop comparing programming languages
  • fixed ive using rust for a while

  • Stop comparing programming languages
    • Python is NameError: name 'term_to_describe_python' is not defined

    • JavaScript is [object Object]

    • Ruby is TypeError: Int can't be coerced into String

    • C is segmentation fault

    • C++

    • Java is

    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException: Cannot read the termToDescribeJava because is null at ThrowNullExcep.main(
    • CSS j ust # sucks
    • <HTML />
    • Kotlin is type inference failed. The value of the type parameter K should be mentioned in input types
    • Go is unused variable
    • Rust is Compiling term v0.1.0 (/home/james/projects/Term)
  • Will Photon consider add a view to feeds of comments?
  • The issue is that it's a decently rare action and shouldn't be near sorting, which is used very frequently.

  • Will Photon consider add a view to feeds of comments?
  • Ah, just feeds of comments? I guess I could do that. I don't know how I'll make it interface well though.

  • Translators wanted!

    Photon has been fully localized and you can translate it to your native language now! (will not be released until v1.30)

    You can help translate at the Weblate

    If you need help, you can join Photon Translators Matrix room.

    Ask for as many clarifications as you need.


    • Be fluent in the language you're translating to.
    • No Google translate or other translation tools, as they are often inaccurate without context.
    **AMOLED** Photon theme

    This is great on OLED screens, the background is true black and darker colors are used in many spots. Orange is the accent color to not burn your eyes with blue light, but you can change it.


    Photon v1.29.4 - Improvments to navigation

    New stuff

    • Revert the positions of most navigation buttons (Home on left, profile on right)
    • Add "adaptive" options to dock settings
      • This will make the dock's position (top, bottom, floating or not) change based on your screen size (it is now the default)
      • So on mobile, you'll have a bottom, floating dock but on desktop a top panel


    • Add autofocus to search bar #319
    • Don't hide titles on iframes #317
    • Add refresh button to inbox page #313
    • Dock covers sidebars as a top panel
    • Add maxlength to password form #312
    Fixing Photon's navigation

    Update: Photon v1.29.4 has addressed these concerns. Let me know what you think here

    It seems the navigation is widely disliked by many people. I want Photon to be the most intuitive UI, so I'd like to fix this. Which of these should I do?

    A - Revert the positions of the items on the navigation bar (Profile on right, home on left)

    B - Have the default navigation be top on desktop

    C - Move some things out of the profile menu into the navbar.

    D - Revert the navbar entirely

    Or give any other ideas you have. These changes were pushed early because I did not see any pushback early in the betas.

    My only fear is that changing it back yet again will have ruined the muscle memory for both types of navigation.

    I'll be releasing some betas soon to adjust navigation and take in more feedback before committing.

    Photon v1.29.0

    What's Changed

    • Redesign navigation
      • If you dislike the change, go to settings and press "Legacy Navigation Style". This will make the navigation similar to before
      • You can see 5 of the most recent posts and communities for quick access.
    • Use your accent color in more places
      • You can change your accent colors in the theme menu.
    • Improve design consistency
    • New font option
    • Change animation curves to be more bouncy
    • Add option to make featured posts more compact
    • Remove hooks.server.ts to make requests faster

    Full Changelog:

    A new future for Photon

    Photon Announces Revamped Design

    We're thrilled to unveil a significant redesign of Photon, the user interface for the fediverse! Since its inception, Photon has strived to make the fediverse more accessible with a user-friendly design.

    Mono-Light addresses a key request from our community: increased information density. This redesign allows you to view more content at a glance, streamlining your fediverse experience.

    Here's a glance at our new design:


    As you can see, every UI element has been streamlined while still remaining beautiful. You can see so much more at once, with no sacrifice to usability. Got fat fingers? just cut a bit of it off.

    You can expect this new design to roll out by the end of today, April 1st.


    No offense to the mlmym devs. Photon users want a clean UI, while mlmym users want an information dense, old reddit like UI.

    Nord theme for Photon

    I don't really like Nord themes so I won't personally use this but here you go:


    Photon v1.28.0 - Themes!


    • Add custom theme support
      • Access from the settings page or clicking "Color scheme" in main menu
      • Instance themes are coming later
    • add pasting images directly into comments
    • fix sidebar collapsing stuff

    Try a theme

    To import/make a theme, go to settings > theming. You can also click "color scheme" in the main menu.

    I made a catppuccin theme for photon. Import this:


    and voila! This theme only changes dark mode colors right now.

    Catppuccin for Photon

    This theme only works in dark theme for now

    Theme (importable in Photon v1.28.0+)


    Photon v1.27.0

    This was mostly a bug fix and polish update

    • Fix assymetrical buttons on mobile
    • Make posts that fit maximum height expanded by default
    • Fix and close #248 (Highlighting text and clicking link should wrap text in link)
    • Add community and user banners
    • Performance: make docker server use bun instead of node
    • Migrate to Sveltekit 2
    • Improve post vote hitboxes
    • Add a loading spinner for photon instances where SSR is off
    • and more!

    Full Changelog:

    [neutron POLL] this is a test poll


    🍏 apple ::: This is an example of option 1

    🍌 banana ::: This is an example of option 2

    🍊 orange ::: This is an example of option 3


    Photon v1.25.0

    What's Changed

    • Add to the instance list by @ngn13 in
    • Upgrade mono-svelte to v0.4.3
    • Redesign main menu
    • Add icon and banners to admin config
    • Fix community settings button appearing when it shouldn't

    New Contributors

    • @ngn13 made their first contribution in

    Full Changelog:

    Photon community has moved to

    The Photon community has moved from to, because it's getting difficult to have to keep my old instance online.

    All updates and questions should go here from now on!

    Trying to narrow down an extremely infuriating issue with Mesa on an AMD GPU

    I have a few questions, please comment if you match all of most of these:

    • Do you use an RX 6000 series GPU?

    • Do you experience random freezes when playing games?

    • Are those freezes a "page fault"? (Use journalctl to check)

    • Do these issues occur in OpenGL games?

    • Are the page faults a GCVM_PROTECTION_FAULT?

    • What mesa version do you use?

    • What Linux distro do you use?

    I've been having frequent freezes and it renders my operating system nearly unusable. I have to restart my computer to recover, and I lose all of my unsaved work.

    Has anyone else experienced this issue? Do you use an RX 6000 card on Linux but have not had this issue?

    Photon v1.23.0: YouTube embeds!

    Photon now supports viewing YouTube links, in app!

    • feat: YouTube embeds
      • in order not to wreck your bandwidth, you must click to view (configurable)
    • Feature: allow instance selection on modlog page by @0xCmdrKeen in #199
    • feat: fix and re-add crosspost combining
    • docker: switch to node-alpine image for faster builds

    Full Changelog:

    Photon v1.21.0

    sorry for no updates in a while, took a bit of a break

    • feat: Combine crossposts in a feed into one post
      • A button will be visible to expand them
    • feat: Setting to open posts in new tab
    • fix: weird comment editing bug on ctrl + enter
    • misc: switch docker image to node-slim
    • fix: centering in post pages

    Full Changelog:

    Xylight Xylight (Photon Dev)

    I am the developer of the Photon client. Try it out

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