I’ve set up a test installation of laconi.ca. Feel free to log in and give it a go. I’d love to have a few people testing it.
More recently, Stephen Morgan wondered aloud whether there were any good private twitters, and posted a link to an article that mentioned Yammer and laconi.ca. I replied that I thought laconi.ca would be an obvious choice for Squiz.
Apart from using identi.ca, I haven’t really gotten to grips with laconi.ca. I decided that if I was going to go around recommending this software to people, it was about time I actually used it. I also think the idea of an open source microblogging platform is pretty exciting.
How I did it
What follows is slightly geeky. You have been warned. At this point, it’s mostly quick notes and pointers to the documents I used to set up laconi.ca.
Installing laconi.ca isn’t as easy as installing WordPress, but it’s not rocket science either. Between the official installation instructions and Ciarang’s Debian Etch instructions, I had all the information I needed. There were a few gotchas, such as setting up the DB_DataObject ini file and some permissions changes, but I managed.
The hardest part was probably compiling the PHP5 GMP Module for Degian ETCH, but thanks to these php5-gmp package build instructions, that wasn’t much of an issue. (If you want a precompiled version, you can always download mine).
Between compiling the debian package, some debugging and writing this blog post, the installation took about two and a half hours. If you have any questions, just ask in the comments (or on laconi.ca).