YunoHost is a special version of Linux which makes it much easier to host your own online free open source services. It works on many kinds of hardware including cheap small computers like the Raspberry Pi.

You can follow the project at:

➡️ (main account, in English and French)

➡️ (videos, in French)

More info from the official website at

p.s. You can see the online services that can be self-hosted through YunoHost here:

@eloyesp @FediFollows It very much is, and at a point I considered moving to Sandstorm, problem is that they have a much more limited selection of web-apps packaged than YunoHost. In particular they're currently missing Mastodon, Pleroma, and NextCloud:
@FediFollows I saw that yunohost on Raspi runs in 32bit mode. When the service you want to install uses 64bit mode you can't install it. @yunohost @yunohost


I guess. It's a webapp package system that installs on Debian.

Feels weird calling that "a version of Linux", but I guess, sort of...


YunoHost call themselves an operating system so I'm just going with the flow... 🙂 I guess they put it like that to explain why you have to install it as an OS?

@FediFollows @TerryHancock

Basically Yunohost is Debian plus an ecosystem of pre-installed and pre-configured softwares such as nginx, postfix, firewall, etc., plus a webadmin, diagnoser, backup system, plus our own packaging system and app catalog (plus "meta" stuff like the community)

So we tend to say that we're a (GNU/)Linux distribution yeah, it's not just about webapp packaging

@TerryHancock @FediFollows @yunohost realistically it's not too weird.

A Linux distribution (distro) is just someone pre-selecting the packages, software, and configuration, to ship, with a Linux kernel, as a working, running, usable system.

By that definition, it's unconventional, but still fits the bill. Just instead of being intended to be run as a single system, it's meant to host other app packages.

@TerryHancock @FediFollows @yunohost Back in the day they did produce their own installable ISOs, nowadays the best way to install YunoHost is to install vanilla Debian then run their script


Interesting. I kind of figured it would go the other way.

But I'm quite happy with the way it works now. I like that the underlying O/S is the familiar and well-tested Debian that I have experience with. I've had to use that to get things working properly in a few cases.

@FediFollows @yunohost

Trotzdem sollte man etwas spenden und ich kann sagen, es ist eine tolle Sache. Doch beim Umzug auf einen anderen Server habe ich etwas Probleme und dabei einiges verloren.

@FediFollows @yunohost @yunohost

This seems like a really amazing future for software. That is: Dedicated Linux distros that have a singular purpose, like potentially one that's got an entire Mastodon instance installed. I know docker does the same thing, but still, the dedicated distro makes it that much easier.

CC @Gargron

@clay @FediFollows @Gargron

We tend to argue that comparing Yunohost and Docker is not relevant. It is like comparing an entire car with an engine. Docker is great but it is one technical tool used by tech people to do adminsys, but it doesn't abstract everything. It doesn't provides a webadmin and SSO portal, it doesn't diagnose DNS and port issues and guide you on how to fix them, it doesn't magically integrates with the web server or LDAP db, etc. It's just not meant to do this.

@FediFollows @Gargron @yunohost @yunohost

That's a great explanation. I need to dig more into your website/tech! The high technical barrier to entry for bootstrapping a Fediverse Instance by a *not-that-technical* person has been holding back what would otherwise be an exponential growth of the Fediverse. So packaging all into self-contained linux distro may fix this!!

BTW: I the developer of which is a not so well known Fediverse platform and is dockerized.
@FediFollows @yunohost Been using them for years, heck this message was sent basically thanks to them
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