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This Week in Self-Hosted (19 April 2024) 7 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (19 April 2024)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on HeyForm - a modern open-source form builder

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

Various topics across the fediverse dominated the self-hosted and open source news cycle this week. X continues to push users towards decentralized platforms with its recent announcement to begin charging new users for posting; meanwhile, fediverse users still can't decide whether they're okay with the privacy implications of Threads opening itself up to the fediverse – even if it means a direct line of communication to POTUS as of a few weeks ago.

Despite how everyone may feel about it, the publicity from the integration may have been the tipping point for other platforms – most notably Ghost, whose founder shared from his own Threads account this week that ActivityPub federation is one of the community's most requested features and confirmed the team is currently 'thinking about it' (feel free to share your opinions about it here).

Pixelfed – the team behind the ActivityPub-equivalent of Instagram and frequent contributors to the fediverse – also dropped PubKit this week, a platform designed to help developers with fediverse-related projects.

Oh, and the Mastodon team announced they're dropping new limited merch in the form of a stuffed toy mascot later this year.


In the News

Announcing the 2024 Governing Board elections
Matrix, the open protocol for secure decentralised communications
Open-source Substack rival Ghost may join the fediverse | TechCrunch
While the launch of a survey isn’t necessarily a commitment to federating Ghost, it is another signal pointing to the broader reshaping of the web that’s now underway.
SSO tax, cut
A few weeks ago, we quietly updated one component of our identity pricing options, making Tailscale usable with any OIDC-compliant SSO identity provider on any plan. It’s a small change that reflects a bigger security principle.
General Availability | Supabase
Supabase is officially launching into General Availability.

Software Updates

New Software

Recently Added –

Self-Hosted Applications and Alternatives
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Community Content

Virtualize OPNsense on Proxmox as Your Primary Router
Going beyond the basics of home networking

Content Spotlight: HeyForm

Meet HeyForm, a conversational form builder for creating modern surveys, quizzes, polls, and questionnaires. HeyForm sports the usual variety of input types (plus more) and conditional logic for robust and dynamic forms, as well as support for third-party integrations including email, webhooks, and a selection of hosted services. Live reporting, analytics, and export capabilities also allow facilitators to monitor survey results and perform post-analysis using their preferred external tools.

HeyForm can be installed via Docker and requires MongoDB for persistent data storage and Redis for caching.

Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: Website, GitHub, Docs

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

Get to Know Tom Lawrence of Lawrence Systems: Part 1 - The Uncast Show
In part 1, Tom Lawrence of Lawrence Systems joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about how he got started in tech and on YouTube and gives a master class on network security and pfSense.Look for Part 2 coming very soon as Ed and Tom talk ZFS, an…
Forbidden Fruit
Special guest Casey Liss from the Accidental Tech Podcast joins the show to discuss his homelab, how he uses HomeBridge, and his delightfully complex garage door sensor system.

What Made Us Giddy

Bubble Card v2 is officially in beta. Time to start my Home Assistant configuration from scratch in preparation for the stable release...


How to protect yourself against deepfake scams in video calls - Nextcloud
Read out guide to learn what deepfake scams are, how spot a scammer, and how to protect yourself with the right techniques and software.

Upcoming Events

Nextcloud Hub 8 launch event
Nextcloud Hub 8 will be launched on April 24th in an online event. Register now to participate in the live prentation and be among the first to experience it!

Command Line Corner: head

Use the head command to view the first 10 lines of a file, or utilize the -n flag to specify a number other than 10:

/$ head example.txt
/$ head -n 3 example.txt

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

Tell the FCC It Must Clarify Its Rules to Prevent Loopholes That Will Swallow Net Neutrality Whole
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released draft rules to reinstate net neutrality, with a vote on adopting the rules to come on the 25th of April. The FCC needs to close some loopholes in the draft rules before then. Proposed Rules on Throttling and Prioritization Allow for the…
Meta releases Llama 3, claims it’s among the best open models available | TechCrunch
Meta has released several models in its new Llama 3 family, which it claims improve across the board in terms of performance versus Llama 2.

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