Self-hosted Weekly #13

welcome to this special “going on holiday” edition of this newsletter. If all goes well you’ll receive the next issue from the beach/pool in the dominican republic.

I wrote a blog about more sustainable open source software development

In my opinion one of the big challenges in open-source is sustainability for developers. This can be seen from two ways: once ease of publishing and also having enough time for oss development. For the latter being payed to maintain and develop surely helps. Last weekend I came by the concept of “sponsorware” and wrote a blog about it.

A Simple Command Line Notebook

I recently found dnote, but could not yet try it out. Its main focus is to provide a command line client for note taking, but also provides a PWA for non cli access

The authors is providing a cloud service for syncing between clients, but this part can be self-hosted as well.

BulletNotes - Personal Knowledgebase, Note Taking, Scheduling

While looking for alternatives to Workflowy I came again across BulletNotes. Its provided as a hosted service, but can be run completely locally as well.

Flowy - A Workflowy clone that works offline, signed out and allows plugging in your own storage

Flowy is another Workflowy alternative. It allows offline usage in the browser thanks to being a PWA and has plugable backend storage backends.

DKIM demystified

In hos blog DKIM demystified Dimitar goes into details about one of the most important pieces in modern mail setups.

Whalebrew - Homebrew, but with Docker images

Homebrew is a popular way to run additional programs on a Mac and whalebrew goes a step further by providing these additional programs in isolated Docker containers. Whalebrew here takes care of properly aliasing utilities.

Heimdall - Self-hosted personal email guardian with one-step deployment

Heimdall is another entry in the series of email forwarders. It’s main focus is on easy deployment of single user services. Sadly its at the fringes of self-hosting since its meant to be deployed on AWS.

How to deploy on remote Docker hosts with docker-compose

In this blog on the official Docker blog a nice new feature is shown. Docker already supported for a while to directly interface with remove Docker daemons via ssh, but a recent addition now allows bookmarking connections via so called “contexts”. Even docker-compose is able to handle these contexts and therefore give way for very easy deployment of local stacks.

Howto: Building the Site With Drone

The blog of Kevin shows how to use the CI platform Drone to deploy a blog written in Hugo. I have had Drone already on my list to play with for a while, this blog inspired me to actually play with it last weekend.

I am always looking for new projects to try out! Just send an email to

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Have a nice weekend! Felix