If you have a kernel.org account¶
If you already have a kernel.org account and would like to register on social.kernel.org, you can display the invite link by running the following command:
ssh email@example.com social invite
Please only create an account if you actually intend to use it. If you already have an established presence on the Fediverse elsewhere, we encourage you to continue using it and just set the webfinger pointer as described below.
If you DON’T have a kernel.org account¶
This service is offered to anyone with an entry in the MAINTAINERS file, so you can qualify even if you don’t have a kernel.org account.
Note, that there is nothing inherently special about the social.kernel.org instance. There are many fediverse-enabled platforms providing free registrations, many of which are specifically dedicated to technology and Free Software communities. Here are some examples:
Many others exist if these are not suitable for your needs.
Nonetheless, if you are convinced that social.kernel.org is the best place for your account, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, using the following template:
To: email@example.com Subject: social.kernel.org account request for [Your Name] I would like a social.kernel.org account because I am the maintainer of the [kernel subsbystem].
Setting your webfinger¶
If you have a kernel.org account and would like to be “discoverable” via your @firstname.lastname@example.org address, you will need to set up a webfinger service to point at your home in the fediverse.
To do that, run the following command:
ssh email@example.com social set @firstname.lastname@example.org
This will perform the webfinger query to the fediverse service you specify and set the webfinger response on the kernel.org side of things.
Note, that it takes about 5 minutes for the change to replicate to all frontends.
If you would like to remove your webfinger info:
ssh email@example.com social rm
To see what it is currently set to (if anything):
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org social show
With all other questions, please contact email@example.com.
Recommended client apps¶
If you are looking for a client application to use with the social.kernel.org instance, we can recommend the following options.
Since social.kernel.org is running on Pleroma, not Mastodon, some apps may not be fully compatible. The ones listed below have been tried and found working.
Another perfectly suitable option is to access it via your regular web browser or to set up a lite app via Hermit.
Another popular GUI application is Tootle, but it is known not to work with Pleroma (and is unmaintained).