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This Week in Self-Hosted (15 March 2024) 8 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (15 March 2024)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on DDNS Updater - a web application for updating DNS records across multiple providers

By Ethan Sholly
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In the News

Podman 5.0 is around the corner
In the coming days, the upstream Podman project will be releasing a major new version: Podman 5.0. When we decide to change our major version, it is because of changes to our API API or how P…
CommitGo Launches Gitea Enterprise | Gitea Blog
CommitGo, a company founded by the creators of Gitea as a subsidiary of Gitea Ltd, is happy to announce the release of Gitea Enterprise.
Proton Mail Finally Releases Desktop Apps With a Linux Beta Version
Now you can try Proton Mail on your desktop!

Software Updates

New Software

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With all the news about this company breaching trust and that company getting itself breached by hackers, some of us may feel the urge to take back some control of our data by keeping it on machines we operate and/or own. This practice is called self-hosting. Fortunately, those who want to take a…
How to Assign a Second IP Address to Proxmox VE Hosts
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🤔🔒🐮 What’s up? - LDAP Integration
Moohoo everyone! As already announced on social media channels, today we are serving you a new edition of our section: What’s up?. Today, we are explicitly discussing a topic of burning interest to all of us: LDAP/OIDC Integration and the associated overhaul of the authentication system. We have kept you updated in the past that we are feverishly working on integrating LDAP and OIDC. After all, this function is not without reason one of the most requested features for mailcow ever – and rightly so! However, our plan was to release this whole thing in the first quarter of 2024 or maybe even around Christmas 2023. As you have noticed, both timelines could not be met…
March Tailscale newsletter
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Why the Matrix.org Homeserver Exists?
Matrix, the open protocol for secure decentralised communications
Spotlight - Alternatives to Google DNS
The name server addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are widely known and used. But, is it a good idea to send basically every web request to google first? What are proper alternatives for public DNS servers? Preferably, with some security and privacy in mind?

Weekend Discussion

selfh.st (@[email protected])
Weekend Discussion 💬 What platform are you using for notifications? #selfhost #selfhosted #selfhosting #homelab #homeserver #notifications

Content Spotlight: DDNS Updater

Meet DDNS Updater, a lightweight web application for monitoring and updating dynamic records for over 40 DNS providers. While similar functionality can be achieved with scheduled command line scripts, DDNS Updater consolidates the ability to update records with multiple providers while also providing a helpful web interface to easily monitor which hosts are being updated, the time since the last check, the current IP address for each record, and a list of historical IP values. The application also comes with Shoutrrr support for customized notifications to a variety of support services.

DDNS Updater can be installed via bare metal or Docker and can be configured via a JSON file or environment variables.

A screenshot of the application's web interface including relevant columns and update values
Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

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Upcoming Events

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Privacy

European Court of Human Rights Confirms: Weakening Encryption Violates Fundamental Rights
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Tor’s new WebTunnel bridges mimic HTTPS traffic to evade censorship
The Tor Project officially introduced WebTunnel, a new bridge type specifically designed to help bypass censorship targeting the Tor network by hiding connections in plain sight.

Command Line Corner: rename

Use the rename command to easily rename multiple files (or file extensions) at the same time using patterns in the file names. Depending on your distribution, you may need to install rename (apt install rename) before using it.

/$ ls
  example-1.txt example-2.txt
/$ rename 's/example/test/' *.txt
/$ ls
  test-1.txt test-2.txt
/$ rename 's/.txt/.csv/' *.txt
/$ ls
  test-1.csv test-2.csv

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

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