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This Week in Self-Hosted (1 September 2023)

Industry activity, software updates and launches, and a spotlight on Keygen, a licensing and distribution API for developers

In the News

The Final Nail in the Unlimited Cloud Storage Coffin

Over the last year we've seen several cloud storage providers roll back plans that previously offered unlimited storage, which tend to be popular amongst self-hosters and homelabbers looking for offsite backup options. This week, Microsoft and Dropbox both announced they're also retiring unlimited storage plans and now offer storage caps on their high-tier plans. While this isn't unexpected, it's hot off the heels of Backblaze increasing their own storage pricing and makes one wonder what the cloud storage landscape will look like in another year.

Software Updates

  • Abacus v0.9.0 | Mobile Firefly III Application: New transaction details screen, updated transaction form and view, translations, display tags in transactions list
  • Apprise v1.5.0 | Push Notifications: New notification services: Pushy, PushDeer, PushMe, and RSyslog; Matrix attachment support, Discord updates, notification attachment updates
  • BookStack v23.08 | Wiki: Notifications via e-mail on page changes and new comments, new drawing save safety net system
  • Dockcheck v0.2.5 | Container Updates: Added '-s' option to include stopped containers in update check
  • Immich v1.76.0 | Photos: Map view now available on mobile, customizable machine learning settings
  • LemmySchedule | Automation: Docker support
  • LinuxServer.io | Docker Containers: COPS Undeprecation notice
  • Local AI v1.25.0 | OpenAI API: Image generation enhancements, Lora adapters, single-device backend management
  • Nextcloud | Cloud Collaboration: Pexip integration
  • Stirling PDF v0.13.0 | PDF Editor: Environment variable name changes in preparation for settings file support, login authentication enabled via settings, auto-redact PDF text, additional language support
  • Umami v2.6.0 | Analytics: New filter and navigation buttons on the overview page

New Software

  • Bubble Card: Minimalist card collection for Home Assistant
  • Grafana Pyroscope: Continuous profiling platform for code
  • Purgeomatic: Delete movie and television data based on watch statistics
  • Whishper: Audio-to-text transcription via web interface
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Self-Hosted Spotlight: Keygen

Meet Keygen, a software licensing and distribution API for developers. Previously only offered as a commercial solution, Keygen was recently published under an open, source-available license that now allows it to be self-hosted (with a few features locked behind the paid version). The project allows developers to add and manage license key validation, entitlements, and device activation to applications as well as other on-premise software.

Users interested in self-hosting can download and install either the Community or Enterprise editions of Keygen via Docker. Note that it does require a Postgres database and instance of Redis to function.

Screenshot of the API in use from the project's website

Links: Site, GitHub, Documentation

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