It's probably naive, but I genuinely wonder where we'd be today re: people "self-hosting" servers if IPv6 had already seen wider adoption, more upload bandwidth were generally available, and "decentralization" had focused more on "sync eventually" instead of, like, XMPP-style.


IPv6: ehh, maybe, it was an issue but not the primary one
upload speeds: no (most Not Computer People don't realize there are multiple numbers involved in network speeds at all)
eventual sync: ehh. probably need both, but syncthing is painfully underused as is and it's, like, the minimum effort self hosting thing.

IMO it was always primarily a marketing problem. If people had decided these were the things they wanted, they would've pushed for the technologies that made them easier.

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