Who is this blog for?

This blog is for people who are still learning about open-source software and privacy tools, especially users who come from the Windows and Android ecosystems. If you wish to try using privacy-oriented FLOSS tools, but aren't ready to switch entire operating systems, then come learn with me!

Who am I?

Hello. I'm Daryl Sun. I use “she/her” pronouns. My interests include open-source software, privacy, productivity, and fiction writing (both original and fanfiction). In my spare time, I read anything I can access. Occasionally, I play videogames. I can also crochet.

Why did I start this blog?

I just wanted a space where I can share my everyday workflow setup, and how I use my favorite software. I also wished to keep my writing skills sharp, and learn how to run a blog properly.

Why is it called “Beyond the Garden Walls”?

It refers to the so-called “walled gardens” of the most popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, which force you to either use their website, or be left out of your communities entirely. With the emergence of open-source, decentralized, federated social networks such as diaspora*, Mastodon, Pixelfed, and PeerTube, people no longer need to be locked into one single website, but access all others without leaving their chosen platform.