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This Week in Self-Hosted (4 August 2023) 5 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (4 August 2023)

The Cyber Resilience Act, Raspberry Pi restocks, software updates and launches, and a spotlight on ffmprovisr, a community-generated repository of helpful FFmpeg commands

By Ethan Sholly
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Industry Activity

About the EU Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) and Why You Should Care

The European Union has been making headlines the past few weeks over its consideration of a proposed regulation called the Cyber Resilience Act that has developers concerned over its impacts to open-source software. In a nutshell, the CRA aims to increase cyber security through the enforcement of stringent standards for digital products. While the idea sounds great, it could become an issue for open-source developers and maintainers who don't have the resources to keep up with the strict requirements. This week, WordPress and a few other FOSS CMS projects issued an open letter to the EU Commission addressing their concerns.

Sweet as (Raspberry) Pi (Availability)

It's been a rough past few years for consumers looking to purchase a Raspberry Pi as they combatted supply shortages and businesses eating inventories up. The company's CEO previously noted 2023 as a recovery year for the single-board computer – and it looks like that may actually be true. Major Pi retailers have recently started removing purchase limits and stock tracking sites have noticed a significant decrease in re-stock alerts (suggesting the products never went out-of-stock to begin with). Personally, I can't wait for the influx of magic mirror posts that are about to start dominating my Reddit feed again...

Weapons of Self-Hosted Destruction

Last week's newsletter discussed some of the details surrounding open-source AI, generative chatbots, and the difficulty of self-hosting them. This week, Vox published an interesting article discussing the implications of Meta's decision to continue open-sourcing it's AI models for anyone to host and use as they please. Cue the concerns over the nefarious things people can do with access to unrestricted AI based on things we've already seen the public do. Should we restrict public access to freely self-host AI, or does the spirit of open-source software guarantee complete freedom to use as desired – despite bad actors with evil intentions? In the meantime, I'll continue pestering ChatGPT for the perfect pressure cooker hard-boiled egg recipe as my primary means of interacting with AI...

Software Updates

Hope you haven't made any big weekend plans – there are a ton of notable software updates and releases to explore this week. I [somewhat] jokingly considered adding a section to the newsletter dedicated to Immich given the consecutive number of weeks it has made an appearance on the list...

New Software

The Reluctant Sysadmin’s Guide to Securing a Linux Server
This guide covers the basics of hardening a new Linux virtual machine when you’d rather be doing something else.

Self-Hosted Spotlight: ffmprovisr

We're deviating a bit in this week's spotlight from an application to a community-generated repository of useful commands for the open-source software FFmpeg. Today, many open-source and self-hosting enthusiasts rely on FFmpeg to manage and manipulate media content (encode, extract audio, etc.), but its command line-only interface can be daunting for beginners...

Meet ffmprovisr. ffmprovisr is a project that collects useful scripts for executing various common tasks in FFmpeg along with detailed descriptions of how each works. The project currently maintains a GitHub pages site (driven by its GitHub repository) that lists each command along with its description. Additionally, users can install ffmprovisr on their own machines and pass its own custom commands to the command line to easily access each 'recipe' without having to copy and paste from elsewhere.

Screenshot from ffmprovisr's website

Links: GitHub, Website

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