Self-hosting in 2023: Nextcloud on Linode, or _?_ on _?_?

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  • yunohost

    YunoHost is an operating system aiming to simplify as much as possible the administration of a server. This repository corresponds to the core code, written mostly in Python and Bash.

    On the other end of the spectrum you have communists running Data Centers out of their basement. $

    *I suggest Linode.* Super reliable provider, much less price than the big names. I would expect the same service out of DigitalOcean, Vultr... just pick the company where you like the owners honestly. Linode's the one me teacher used tho.

    Assuming you got the income, $40/mo for 8GB should be good enough to run a ton of hobby projects. Or maybe $20 for 4GB to start, I think Linode lets you upgrade droplets.

    Avoid AWS. Using AWS for a hobby project is retarded. Its meant for enterprise.

    Option B would be to use a RaspberryPi. Its extra work for less performance, but Pis are a lot of fun. Its like owning a toy that can run NextCloud.

    If you're getting into self-hosting btw check out and

  • syncthing-android

    Wrapper of syncthing for Android.

    I've installed Syncthing ( on my phone(s) and it syncs selected folders directly to my Synology NAS at home. As Syncthing uses its own discovery system, there is no need to open anything up to the internet.

  • InfluxDB

    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • spiped

    Spiped is a utility for creating symmetrically encrypted and authenticated pipes between socket addresses.

  • ocis

    :atom_symbol: ownCloud Infinite Scale Stack

  • umbrel-apps

    The new, official app repository of the Umbrel App Store. Submit apps and updates here.

    Get a Raspberry Pi 4 and install on it. Easy to set up using Tailscale and optional TOR support if that's something you want. And it has all the "important" stuff like Nextcloud, Vaultwarden, Pi-hole, Matrix server, etc.

    There's a bunch of Bitcoin related Apps as well but it's easy to just ignore those.

    Full list of "apps" here:

  • meli

    Platform for deploying static sites and frontend applications easily. Automatic SSL, deploy previews, reverse proxy, and more.

  • immich

    Self-hosted photo and video backup solution directly from your mobile phone.

    For backing up photos I highly recommend immich. It is a self hosted google photos replacement under active developement.

  • Sonar

    Write Clean Python Code. Always.. Sonar helps you commit clean code every time. With over 225 unique rules to find Python bugs, code smells & vulnerabilities, Sonar finds the issues while you focus on the work.

  • Mailu

    Insular email distribution - mail server as Docker images

    As ever with these discussions, I host my own email on a Hetzner VM with and there was no special setup or precaution required to ensure delivery both ways.

    Still - if you self-host just assume at some point it will go down and you may have to deal with a backup restore before you can receive any more email. If that gets in the way of your life, you may want to reconsider :)

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