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This Week in Self-Hosted (29 December 2023) 6 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (29 December 2023)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on Linkding, a self-hosted bookmark manager

By Ethan Sholly
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This Year in Self-Hosted: A Year in Review 🎊

Just kidding. I'm probably as exhausted as most of you with the onslaught of year in review e-mails I've received over the last month, so I'll keep this brief: As we approach the end of the year, I'd like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of the subscribers and readers who have supported's launch as I've worked towards what is now a weekly newsletter with 2,100+ subscribers (stay tuned for a giveaway celebrating this milestone in January).

Community is a key contributor to the success of any self-hosted project, and that hasn't been lost on me. You may begin to notice significant changes to the newsletter as we transition into 2024, but highlighting the great work developers, content creators, and other community members are delivering will always be its primary focus.

Thanks, and as always – happy!


Software Updates

New Software

Community Content

Take part in the Nextcloud Community Survey! - Nextcloud
As the year is coming to an end, we welcome you to participate in Nextcloud Community survey 2023 to share your satisfaction, wishes, and your unique experience in the Nextcloud community. We estimate the survey to take 7-15 minutes depending on your role and experience.
The Matrix Holiday Update 2023
Matrix, the open protocol for secure decentralised communications
Outlook/Hotmail is no longer blocking my mail server
After some struggle, I managed to de-list the address of my mail server from Microsoft’s blocklist. Here is some experiences may help you.
Matrix Workers Post 1
dog with a blog

Content Spotlight: Linkding

Meet Linkding, a self-hosted bookmark manager. Developed to replace hosted services like Pocket, Linkding provides a minimal interface for adding bookmarks/links and organizing them by tags and notes for later reference. The application comes packed with features like bulk editing, public sharing, auto-fetched titles and descriptions, browser extensions, and import/exports – while also automatically creating snapshots on the Wayback Machine when a bookmark is added to ensure the current version of the site won't be lost to future updates.

Linkding can only be installed via Docker and relies on a SQLite database for storage by default, although users can opt for PostgreSQL if desired.

Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

State of the Homelabs 2023
We look back at what has changed, what’s failed us, and what’s sticking around in our homelabs.
The Self-Host Cast, Episode 2: Hayden Kotelman (Mealie, Homebox)
Join me as I sit down and chat with Hayden Kotelman, the developer of the popular self-hosted applications Mealie and Homebox

Smart Home and Automation

Companion app for iOS 2023.12: Let’s go!
Bruno Pantaleão has joined Nabu Casa as an iOS engineer and will work on improving the experience of the Companion App for iOS users. 2023.12 brings us Apple Thread credentials sharing, a new Watch…
Matter, set to fix smart home standards in 2023, stumbled in the real market
Gadget makers, unsurprisingly, are hesitant to compete purely on device quality.
Proxmox Temperature Monitoring in Home Assistant
This guide covers the easiest method I’ve come across for tracking the CPU, Chipset, and Disk temperatures of your Proxmox Host using Home Assistant.

Upcoming Events

Webinar on Nextcloud Hub 7: featuring advanced search and global out-of-office features - Nextcloud
Join us in this webinar about Nextcloud Hub 7!

Fediverse Chatter

Reminder for the #homelab community, don't leave your UPS plugged in, when you know the batteries are dead... It still charges them and you'll end up with this mess...

- @[email protected]


The most effective strategy for achieving password strength | Bitwarden Blog
There is an easy solution for ensuring you have a strong, unique password for every account: use a password manager.

Command Line Corner: z-commands

Certain popular commands (cat, grep, less, etc.) can be prefaced with the letter z to allow command line users to interact with gzip-compressed files without extracting them. This is helpful, for example, if you're reading compressed logs in a directory you don't have permissions to write/extract to.

/$ cat example.txt

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/$ gzip example.txt
/$ zcat example.txt.gz

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

Other News in Tech

Apple Watch ban: everything you need to know
Catch up with all the news on the Apple Watch ban.
Commercials are coming to Amazon Prime Video next month
Amazon Prime is introducing ads to its shows and movies next month, unless subscribers pay an extra $2.99 a month.

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