Putting the 'AI' in 'Self-Host'
AI is a strange topic within the realm of self-hosted and open-source software. It's not always easy to differentiate between hosted and self-hosted AI software, and a lot of hardware commonly used to self-host isn't powerful enough to replicate the experience of something like ChatGPT. This week, Nextcloud published their own take on self-hosted AI to clear up some of these misconceptions and showcase the self-hosted project LocalAI (which also happens to sport its own Nextcloud integration).
Move over, Google Maps
Earlier this week, the Overture Maps Foundation released their first open map dataset that includes various mapping datapoints for "nearly 60 million places worldwide." If you aren't familiar with the project, it was created last year by several large tech companies – Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and TomTom – to take on the likes of Google and Apple Maps. The goal is to provide an open-sourced set of data that anyone can use to develop their own mapping applications or software. The incentive for developers to utilize this data would be to avoid the costs Google and Apple charge for leveraging their own map data APIs.
Ask your doctor about ZFS today
Unraid, the popular self-hosting server OS that simplifies storage management for its users, recently added ZFS support in its 6.12 update. To accompany the new file system, they've released a guide outlining three ways ZFS can be configured while providing pros and cons on the performance, redundancy, and scalability of each.
Yes, I understood some of those words
While it isn't necessarily self-hosted, Ars Technica recently released a series of articles outlining the infrastructure they utilize to host their blog. The posts are interesting reads not only because they provide insight behind business-tier infrastructure and hosting (which many hobby self-hosters aren't often exposed to), but also because it's neat to observe the use of applications and software also commonly found in homelabs.
While this week was a slow one for notable software updates, perhaps the biggest news is that developers are once again free to use the name Crackpipe for new applications after the existing team made the decision to rename their project to GameVault earlier this week.
- Immich v1.69.0 | Photos: Motion photo support on Android, improved UI for show/hide face, other minor updates and fixes
- LocalAI v1.22.0 | Local AI: Templating for LLaMa2, templates for LLaMa chat messages, langchain integration progress, various other backend updates
- Shiori v1.5.5 | Bookmark Manager: Initial eBook support, SHIORI_PG_SSLMODE, and other minor updates
- SimpleX Chat v5.2.0 | Messaging: Message delivery receipts, chat filters, address share with group members, improved disappearing messages, and various other minor updates
- Stirling PDF v0.11.0 | PDF Tool: Added customFiles directory for SPDF versions, page numbers, auto-rename PDF files, adjust color/contract, crop functionality, auto-split pages, sanitize, conversions, and other minor updates
- Your Spotify v1.7.0 | Spotify Statistics: Added 'This Year' button to date range picker, other minor bug fixes
- Anytype: No-code builder now in open beta
- BookmarX.AI: Bookmark storage leveraging AI (alpha release)
- Replex: Remix Plex recommendations
- SQLpage: SQL-only web application builder
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Self-Hosted Spotlight: SerpBear
Meet SerpBear, a self-hosted search engine position and rank-tracking application. SerpBear utilizes third-party site scrapers to allow users to track their website's keyword position on Google and receive notifications of changes. Features include unlimited keyword tracking, e-mail notifications, built-in API, Google Search Console integration, and a mobile web app.
The software's docs contain instructions on installing SerpBear locally via bare metal or Docker, as well as a list of third-party integrations and their limits for free web-scraping that can be utilized within the application.
(Consider pairing SerpBear with a service like Kill-the-Newsletter if you'd rather receive the change notifications elsewhere.)
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