Running an Android phone without Google’s proprietary Play Services - which drain your phone’s battery like mad - comes with the downside of not being able to receive push notifications. As I’m running CalyxOS with microG enabled basically all apps from Play Store (via Aurora Store) still will receive push notifications. However, if I have the choice I always opt for installing apps via F-Droid and those apps have all proprietary code removed and thus the dependency on Play Services.
Choosing “the” right messenger is not an easy task as you (or at least I do) want to pick one with a good balance of usability on the one side and security/privacy on the other. And of course your friends and family need to agree on it as well - otherwise it’s a pretty lonesome experience… ;-)
Once I took care of my Matrix-Synapse server I also wanted to upgrade the OS of my Jitsi Meet server - which of course would force me to re-install everything. Getting a basic Jitsi setup running is quite easy. However, each time I install it I’m struggling with the right sequence of steps and I’m trying to remember what I’m usually customizing. So I’m putting it down here now.
I was running a Matrix-Synapse server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and recently noticed that it did not receive any updates anymore. It would not have come as a surprise to me if I had read the release notes. ;-) Unfortunately I could not simply upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS but had to reinstall the operating system - thus losing all data. Of course I’m running backups but I never actually tried to recover from them… It turned out to be quite easy.
This blog has seen a couple of Wordpress releases and for a short period was even hosted on Blogger. Since comments are disabled it’s a pretty static website and I found that Wordpress is kind of an overkill. It’s still a great CMS, but really more than I currently require. Also - as it’s very wide spread - security issues are exploited quite often. When I came across Jekyll I wasn’t really intrigued at first, but after a while I thought I’d give it try…