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This Week in Self-Hosted (17 May 2024) 7 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (17 May 2024)

Self-hosted news, updates, launches, and a spotlight on Wag, a WireGuard management solution with client MFA support

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

It was a busy week for self-hosted-adjacent hardware and software given the latest rumors surrounding an imminent Raspberry Pi IPO and RealVNC's retirement of the software's free plan in exchange for a "lite" alternative. Meanwhile, other companies recently in the news for controversial subscription plans were busy trying to save face – although the products popular in the self-hosted community remain mostly untouched.

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, check out this Reddit thread on weird uses for smart home devices (posted by a user leveraging a contact sensor to automate a bathroom fan when a toilet is in use). I also recently dropped some updates to my directory of self-hosted software and alternatives at – tags are now visible on each tile (for better discovery) and filter/search parameters have been added to the URL for easier sharing.

Self-Hosted Applications and Alternatives
A directory of self-hosted software and applications for easy browsing

Thanks, and happy!

In the News

Raspberry Pi prepares to go public and expand its lineup of supercheap computers
A lot of money for some very little computers.
RealVNC is dropping its “Home” plan and barely noting its free “Lite” option
Some pretty dark patterns make free version of remote desktop tool hard to find.
European Commission (@[email protected])
Attached: 1 image Our commitment to the fediverse is here to stay. Today, we launched our new Mastodon instance. It will ensure a privacy-focused space to engage with and get the latest from our Commissioners, departments, and the official voices of the Commission. We want to thank @[email protected] for stewarding us and helping us make this possible. Fostering European digital players is vital to our strategy for a stronger #DigitalEU. This is a unique opportunity to grow the community even more. Let’s get there!

Software Updates

Breaking Changes

New Software

Latest Apps and Companions

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Community Content

AlmaLinux OS - Kiosk Mode
You might have seen these displays where a video is played endlessly, an ad is shown on repeat or some useful data is made available for everybody. Or, have you used an ATM, a library PC or an info terminal? All of these are considered Kiosk solutions.
The Best Media Server CPU... in the world.
After a solid 8 months of testing, I think we have a big enough sample size to draw some conclusions. The best media server CPU is…
Welcoming a new member to my Homelab — A Orange Pi 5 Plus
Happy to share that I have added a new member to my homelab, a Orange Pi 5 Plus. In this post, I will share the specs and the initial setup process.

More From

Self-Hosting Guide to Alternatives: Airtable
Self-hosted alternatives for the popular relational database platform

Content Spotlight: Wag

Meet Wag, a WireGuard management interface with MFA for specified routes and clients. Like other WireGuard solutions, Wag simplifies deployment and device enrollment with an easy-to-use web interface. The software's stand out feature, however, is the ability to apply MFA to sensitive endpoints for additional security in the event a key is compromised. Upon connecting to a tunnel, users are required to navigate to the server's IP address to authenticate (using WebAuthn or OIDC) via web portal before accessing protected resources.

Wag can be installed via bare metal or Docker, and the project's repository outlines the various options available for building the configuration file.

A screenshot of the project's dashboard showing the various options available within the web interface
Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub

What We're Watching

Smart Home and Automation

Best Home Assistant Dashboard Themes in 2024
Collection of the 15 Best Home Assistant Themes made by the community to use with your dashboard in 2024. Includes light, dark and custom themes.
Thread - the tech we can’t use or teach - Dennis Schubert
Random thoughts, articles and projects by a chronic overengineer.
Easy Way To Install Home Assistant on Proxmox 8
UPDATED for Proxmox 8.2: Complete guide for easily installing Home Assistant Operating System on Proxmox VE 8, using a custom automated script.

Command Line Corner: mkdir -m

Use the -m flag when calling mkdir to simultaneously set the permissions of a new directory when creating it:

/$ mkdir -m 770 exampledirectory
/$ ls -l
  drwxrwx--- user group exampledirectory

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

Using Tailscale for Android just got a whole lot better
Announcing a major overhaul that significantly enhances the Android app and brings some of Tailscale’s most widely used and requested features to the Android platform.
VMware Fusion, Workstation now free for home use, subscription-only for businesses
Free for personal use, but businesses will have to fork over $120 per year.

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