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This Week in Self-Hosted (1 September 2023) 4 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

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

By Ethan Sholly
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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

New Software

Mastodon is Rewinding the Clock on Social Media — in a Good Way
A comment on a Hacker News thread inspired me to contemplate why Mastodon is everything we loved about social media before…
Online Community Engagement: Understanding Lurkers
Organizations and community leaders have always endeavored to understand what to expect in terms of online community engagement from their community or forum.

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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