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This Week in Self-Hosted (19 January 2024) 9 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (19 January 2024)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on wg-easy, a WireGuard management container with a web interface

By Ethan Sholly
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In the News

The Broadcom Touch

Earlier this week, technology company VMware confirmed End of Availability for a number of free license products in anticipation of a switch to subscription model pricing. The change comes hot on the heels of Broadcom's acquisition of the company late last year and will likely impact a number of self-hosters who leverage VMware's hypervisors to deploy their own infrastructure. Fortunately, community-endorsed alternatives like Proxmox, Xen, and XCP-ng exist for those looking to make the jump and avoid a subscription-based product.

Enter the [Matrix]

Due to publication timing, I often don't include updates from the Matrix Foundation in this newsletter (they typically post on Friday afternoons – too late for the current newsletter, too stale for the following week), so I'm giving them a little extra love this week. Late last year, the foundation announced they're electing a Governing Board to oversee and support the project's goals. The board will consist of representatives from the foundation, ecosystem contributors, organizations using Matrix, and community members. This is a huge step towards community governance and ensuring the project continues to meet open-source standards as it evolves (hopefully setting a precedent for other large projects as well). Unrelatedly, they also publish a weekly newsletter titled This Week in Matrix (❤) for those looking to stay up-to-date on the project.

I Can't Even

In unrelated and unsurprising news, Plex is rumored to be launching a store for television shows and movies next month. If this gives you déjà vu, it's because this isn't the first time we've been through this. In the past few years, the company seems to have pivoted away from a focus on self-hosted media and instead has doubled down on features that draw other paying customers in. All of these changes likely indicate the existing Plex Pass subscription model funded primarily by self-hosters just isn't profitable enough for the growing company.

Stand and Read No More

Self-hosted comic and manga readers were disappointed to learn this week that Tachiyomi – the well-known open-source reader for Android devices with integrations for Komga and Kavitawill no longer be developed due to legal issues with application extensions that made it easy for users to access pirated material. The news was particularly surprising given the project's recent announcement that extensions were being removed as they transitioned to a bring-your-own-content model (à la Plex). As with all open-source initiatives, it's likely that viable projects will begin popping up in the coming weeks to fill the new void.

Software Updates

New Software

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Content Spotlight: wg-easy

Meet wg-easy (WireGuard Easy), a WireGuard container that simplifies the configuration and administration of clients with a web interface. Once installed, wg-easy can be used to easily create, edit, and delete clients while also providing a toggle to enable and disable them as needed. Other functionality includes QR code viewing for easy pairing, configuration downloads, and statistics with TX/RX charts for connected clients.

Installation is limited to Docker container deployments and does require basic networking knowledge about your infrastructure (network device name, public hostname).

wg-easy screenshot of sample clients and functionality.
Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub

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Fediverse Chatter

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Command Line Corner: yes

In Linux, the yes command outputs a string of characters until stopped ('y' by default if a string isn't provided). This is helpful when executing recurring tasks or writing scripts that include commands with prompts for user input.

And while this can be useful for those times you'd like to step away while a process runs, there's a reason many commands require manual user input – so be cautious when using yes to automate those you aren't familiar with.

/$ yes This Week in Self-Hosted
  This Week in Self-Hosted
  This Week in Self-Hosted
  This Week in Self-Hosted
  This Week in Self-Hosted

/$ yes | bash
  Restart Docker service? y

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

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