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This Week in Self-Hosted (1 December 2023) 8 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (1 December 2023)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on AudioBookshelf, a self-hosted audiobook and podcast streaming server

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

1 December 2023

Editorial Update: Privacy Remarks

Some concerns over the privacy of This Week in Self-Hosted's reader data surfaced last week as a Reddit user noted the large amount of 'trackers' DuckDuckGo was removing before serving the site to its users.

As I shared in the comment section of the post,'s privacy policy outlines the software we deploy to serve the site and newsletter, as well as the types of data we collect, how we use it, and who we share it with (no one).

If your software is flagging trackers in this newsletter, it's either the referral text automatically appended to links we share (? as a reference for other sites to track where their traffic is originating from, or the analytics Ghost provides to help us track what types of content users engage with or are interested in.

Feel free to reach out with any other questions or concerns. Happy!

In the News

ownCloud vulnerability with maximum 10 severity score comes under “mass” exploitation
Easy-to-exploit flaw can give hackers passwords and cryptographic keys to vulnerable servers.
Securing our home labs: Home Assistant code review
The GitHub Security Lab examined the most popular open source software running on our home labs, with the aim of enhancing its security. Here’s what we found and what you can do to better protect your own smart home.
Shutting down the Matrix bridge to Libera Chat
Matrix, the open protocol for secure decentralised communications
Open source email pioneer Roundcube joins the Nextcloud family - Nextcloud
Becoming a new steward for Roundcube, Nextcloud sets sail to foster the growth and improvement of the project.

Software Updates

New Software

Community Content

How to Launch Your Own Newsletter Platform with Keila and Docker
Deploy Keila self-hosted newsletter on your server with Docker and EasyPanel.
Exporting Jellyfin playback stats to Prometheus - Dan Snow
The blog, photos, and book reviews of Dan Snow
Roundcube’s future at Nextcloud - An interview with the founders - Nextcloud
Founders of Roundcube and Nextcloud share their thoughts and the motivations to have Roundcube find a new home with Nextcloud.
Bringing open source tech enthusiasts together with pizza
Earlier this year, we were thrilled to launch a new initiative: sponsoring in-person tech meetups by satiating attendee appetites with pizza.

Content Spotlight: AudioBookshelf

Meet AudioBookshelf, a media streaming server for audiobooks and podcasts. In a nutshell, AudioBookshelf connects to and builds metadata for existing audiobook and podcasts libraries to be streamed via progressive web app or mobile application. The software boasts features that compete with most non-self-hosted podcast apps, including extensive audio format support, multiple users, progress syncing across devices, automatic podcast episode downloads, Chromecast support, chapter editing, RSS feed publishing, ePub support, and SSO authentication.

AudioBookshelf can be installed via bare metal or Docker, and its documentation provides instructions on how to structure directories and name files for easy matching.

Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub, Site, Documentation

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

Bottom Is the New Top
Our modern Unix journey continues with Bottom, first impressions of Asahi Ubuntu, and continued adventures with blogging on the Fediverse.
Privacy and Surveillance Law with Max Schrems - Nextcloud
Your new host, Brent Gervais, had the opportunity to sit down together with Max Schrems - privacy lawyer and pioneer in the European data privacy movement - to explore some thoughts and ideas that stemmed from Max’s keynote given at the Nextcloud Conference 2023.

Smart Home and Automation

How to judge devices for your home
This is an excellent time to reevaluate how we make smart home purchases. What did you buy during Black Friday? How much effort did you put into finding out how it’s connected? If it’s a device that depends on the cloud, you may become the victim of the next company that blocks its own customers.
Ikea debuts a trio of affordable smart home sensors
All priced for less than $10 each when they arrive next year.

Upcoming Events

About Nextcloud Talk: safe video conferencing platform - Nextcloud
Join us in this webinar about Nextcloud talk!
Open Source Security Summit 2023 | Bitwarden
Register now for the fourth annual Open Source Security Summit, which brings together business leaders, industry visionaries, and technology users to chart a path forward and highlight the future of open source security solutions at this free virtual event.



Court: Cloudflare is Liable for Pirate Site, But Not as a DNS Provider * TorrentFreak
A German court has confirmed that Cloudflare must stop facilitating access to pirate music site DDL-Music though its CDN service.
Optimal Plex Settings for Privacy-Conscious Users
Update these settings to limit the data Plex collects about your account, content, and streaming habits

Command Line Corner: find -size +100M

The command find -size +100M finds all files in the working directory greater than or equal to 100MB. Adjust 100M to your liking if you'd like to search for files of a different size (for example, 1G for 1GB).

/$ find -size +100M

Click here to view an archive of commands shared in previous newsletters.

Other News in Tech

GitHub: Can no longer search code without being logged in | Hacker News
Google is deleting unused accounts this week. Here’s how to save your old data
If you haven’t logged in with your Google account recently, it’s at risk of vanishing. So is any data in that account. Here’s how to ensure you don’t lose your account, emails, photos and more.

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