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This Week in Self-Hosted (6 October 2023) 5 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (6 October 2023)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on WatchYourLAN, an open-source network IP scanner

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

6 October 2023

2023 Self-Host User Survey Results

The results from our 2023 Self-Host User Survey are live! Check them out using the link below.

2023 Self-Host User Survey Results
Results from the 2023 Self-Host User Survey

P.S. Thanks to all who entered last week's giveaway! We'll notify the winner soon and will publish the announcement in next week's newsletter.

In the News

Mastodon's 2022 Annual Report (Only Ten Months Late)

Mastodon – the increasingly popular self-hosted and open-source alternative to Twitter/X – released their 2022 Annual Report this week (along with a promise to release their 2023 report in a timelier manner). In it, the non-profit organization states their desire to be transparent with the community on financials and other relevant information. Interesting tidbits include a whopping €326k in donations (up 488% vs 2021) and updating branding to further differentiate from the competition.

Software Updates

New Software

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Content Spotlight: WatchYourLAN

Meet WatchYourLAN, a lightweight network IP scanner with a minimal web interface. WatchYourLAN monitors local networks for hosts/devices and lists them with relevant details (IP address, MAC address, hardware, 'Last seen' status), while also allowing users to mark devices as known for future reference. Setup includes authentication options, themes, network interfaces, and notification options for a number of services via Shoutrrr.

WatchYourLAN can be installed via a .deb package or Docker.

Links: GitHub

Community Content

Best Home Assistant Dashboard Themes in 2023
Collection of the best Home Assistant Themes made by the community to use in your dashboard in 2023.
A Call for Developers | Jellyfin
Jellyfin needs your help to get better, so join us this October and beyond!
Notification: Significant changes to cron incoming | Info ::
We’ve decided to make some changes to how cron is shipped in our images. Current state of cron We have not had a consistent standard. Many of our images do however setup cron the same way. When an application requires cron, we setup crontabs for abc or root in /config/crontabs/. This has allowed use…
“Small but mighty”: How Plex serves its global community - Discover - Apple Developer
Find out how the team behind Plex serves its global community.

Command Line Corner: tac

Use the command tac (cat backwards) to view the contents of a file in reverse order. This is particularly helpful when viewing logs, as the most recent writes are typically appended to the end of the file.

user@selfhst:/$ cat example
user@selfhst:/$ tac example

Privacy Corner

Meta planning ad-free subscription or tracking ads ‘choice’ in EU, per WSJ -- in latest bid to keep snooping | TechCrunch
New battle lines appear to be being drawn up in the European Union between Facebook and Instagram owner Meta and regional users’ privacy rights. As it New battle lines appear to be being drawn up in the European Union between Facebook and Instagram owner Meta and regional users’ privacy rights.

Other News in Tech

Vulnerabilities in Supermicro BMCs could allow for unkillable server rootkits
With the ability to manage huge fleets of servers, BMCs are ideal places to stash malware.
Microsoft Discussed Selling Bing to Apple as Google Replacement
Microsoft Corp. discussed selling its Bing search engine to Apple Inc. around 2020, a deal that would have replaced Google as the default option on the iPhone maker’s devices, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Google Teases New Assistant with Bard
Google teased today Assistant with Bard, a new AI-powered personal assistant that will combine the best of Google Assistant and Google’s Bard chatbot.

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