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This Week in Self-Hosted (3 May 2024) 8 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (3 May 2024)

Self-hosted news, updates, launches, and a spotlight on Zoraxy - a reverse proxy and forwarding tool with a web interface

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

If you've been keeping track after Google Photos' controversial update several years ago, you're probably familiar with Immich – a popular self-hosted alternative that surfaced shortly after. This week, the Immich team announced they're going full-time after partnering with FUTO, an organization focused on funding FOSS projects. The announcement post states the software will remain under the AGPL license and the team will retain full autonomy over the direction of the software.

In other news, open source non-profits continued making headlines this week. The decentralized social media platform Mastodon formed a new U.S. non-profit organization after recently losing its non-profit status in Germany, where the platform's original developers are based. Shortly after the announcement, the team also shared a Twitter co-founder is joining the new org's board of directors.

In terms of software, a ton of notable updates and releases have been aggregated below. Users of Traefik – the popular proxying solution – should pay special attention as the project dropped its major v3 release this week. On a semi-related note, I've also added a new Breaking Changes section for those who don't quite pay enough attention to release notes when upgrading software.

In the News

The Immich core team goes full-time | Immich
Immich is joining FUTO!
Mastodon forms new U.S. non-profit
As part of our commitment to supporting the growth and operational capabilities of Mastodon, we have established a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity in the United States aimed at facilitating our efforts, including being able to receive tax-deductible U.S. donations.
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Software Updates

Breaking Changes

New Software

Latest Apps and Companions

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Content Spotlight: Zoraxy

Meet Zoraxy, a reverse proxy and forwarding tool built 'for networking noobs'. Unlike most other proxy tools, Zoraxy comes with a simple web interface that allows users to easily manage all of its functionality – proxies, basic auth, aliases, redirects, web terminals, SSL setup and autorenewal, Geo-IP blacklists, tunneling, scanners – and more. The project's website also states custom routing rules in the form of scripted plugins are a work in progress.

Zoraxy can be installed via bare metal or Docker, and the developers provide documentation for those looking to migrate from similar existing solutions.

A screenshot of the HTTP proxy web interface with several hosts configured for various services.
Screenshots from the project's website

Links: GitHub, Website

What We're Watching

What We're Listening To

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Press the . key while holding Alt to cycle through and reuse arguments from previous commands:

/$ docker compose up -d some-docker-container
/$ docker compose stop <Alt .>
/$ docker compose stop some-docker-container

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

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