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This Week in Self-Hosted (28 July 2023) 5 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (28 July 2023)

AI-ducation, open-source Google Maps alternatives, unusual software name updates, and a spotlight on SerpBear, a self-hosted search engine rank tracking application

By Ethan Sholly
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Industry Activity

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.

Software Updates

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.

New Software

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Nano Deprecation Notice | Info ::
Due to issues with maintaining security updates for our private Nano network, we have decided to shut down our forked network. This includes the archival of code related to its suite of accompanying images for nano, nano-wallet, and nano-discord-bot. The web wallet which seems to be still functional…

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.)

Screenshot from the software's repository

Links: GitHub, Documentation

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