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This Week in Self-Hosted (27 October 2023) 5 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (27 October 2023)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on Frog, an open-source extraction tool for Linux

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

27 October 2023

In the News

Matter 1.2 Arrives with Nine New Device Types &
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Community Content

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Content Spotlight: Frog

Meet Frog, an open-source text extraction tool for Linux systems. Frog leverages OCR (optical character recognition) to capture text from screenshots or uploaded images and outputs it into a file for copying/pasting/saving as needed. The application also comes with support for a variety of languages and accepts contributions from anyone willing to provide localization support for their own language.

Frog can be installed via Flatpak or Snap.

Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: Site, GitHub

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

Nextcloud | TWiT.TV
Frank Karlitschek joins Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennett to talk about Nextcloud. Nextcloud is a fast-growing open source collaboration platform that gives customers a huge array of…

Command Line Corner: echo "!!"

The command echo "!!" creates a script of the previously executed command – helpful for capturing complex commands that will need to be reused in the future.

$ rsync -av --delete /home/appdata /backup

# Capture the previous command in a file named '' in the current working directory
$ echo "!!" >

# List the newly-created file to confirm it was created
$ ls

# Open the file to confirm its contents
$ nano
    rsync -av --delete /home/appdata /backup

# Use the script file to easily execute the saved command in the future
$ bash

Privacy Corner

Why AWS is an obstacle to reaching true digital sovereignty - Nextcloud
How to build local, open-source ecosystem giving government and citizens direct control over data, unmoderated by foreign big tech.

Other News in Tech

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