Looks like my trusty old HP Microserver has come out in sympathy for Andy’s :) Unfortunately, it’s running my personal Mastodon instance.
I’m thinking of hosting it with BitFolk instead of at home. I’m the only user at the moment and I don’t envisage having more than another 2 or 3 users. I’m not connected to any relays as I can’t cope with massive timelines and things are going quite nicely as it is.
Does 2GiB RAM sound reasonable as a start? My HP has 8GB and is running other things as well but I rarely see memory usage go above 1.5GB. I’m using AWS (S3 plus Cloudfront) for the media cache (just for fun and because it’s less than £1 a month) so probably OK with 10-15GiB storage.
Anybody already doing this, either here or with another provider? I did spin up an Amazon Lightsail instance just to see what life is like elsewhere and wasn’t that impressed - it uses Cloud-Config which I find a pain in the backside.
I have officially had it with WordPress.
I loathe the Gutenberg editor WP devs have spent so much time on rather
than fix all the security holes, but the Disable Gutenberg plugin allows
me to mostly forget it exists.
The last straw was having had issues with doing my first new WordPress
install in a while. The latest version of PHP WP does officially support
is out of support as far as the PHP devs are concerned, and I had to
edit a core file to get it to install with the PHP 8.1 (released over a
year ago) that comes with Ubuntu 22.04 (released ten months ago). Once
it is installed, it would work without that patch, but argh, enough!
There are a bunch of worthwhile static site generators out there, but
some of the sites I want to port want to allow comments, so I either
need to pay a third party to host those (no budget) or have another free
self-hosted CMS that does dynamic sites.
Which one(s) do people recommend?
ClassicPress exists to be 'WordPress without Gutenberg' and supports PHP
8.0, but if there's something better, I would love to know. I would
greatly prefer something reasonably light, so Drupal and Joomla! are out.
Would any of you know if the following scenario is "doable"?
We run an old Exchange 2010 infrastructure at my work, and there is no way
they are going to spring for newer: getting them to go from 2003 to 2010
was an ordeal...
Could I set up an Ubuntu Postfix "relay" server between Exchange and the
Internet, that also permits one particular mailbox to be accessible from a
Dovecot install on the same server (as well as relaying the mail for that
mailbox to Exchange)?
Yes/no and pointers most welcomed.
Someone asked for Kali Linux today.
It was new to me, but seems to be Debian based so fairly familiar
ground. I was able to massage their "Generic Cloud Image" into
working via the Rescue VM:
It seems to have a PXE boot installer which might work like the
Debian one, or maybe even their net installer works like Debian too.
If so then we can probably make a nicer install process like we have
In the mean time if any of you are familiar with Kali and spot
issues with what I've done there please do edit the article or raise
a query. If you are particularly keen I can give you a VM to test
with and service credit for improvements…
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