@kai the point of it all would be that you wouldn't have to be a developer to deploy an instance (just a tech enthusiast), but still get the stability and ease of use that developers get when compiling their code.
Also, compiling everything on a local machine is good for your freedoms :P
(And people could of course easily distribute pre-compiled versions of this system)
@zatnosk Pleroma is easy enough with a tutorial (maybe I'll try Mastodon next!), but had something gone wrong with one of the magical scripts or configuration or whatever is going on there, I don't think I would have been able to fix it. I still don't understand how it works.