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…
Since my Android of choice “CalyxOS” comes with a neat little backup utility called “Seedvault” which will create encrypted backups to Nextcloud I of course wanted to check this out. As I’m already using Déjà-Dup to store backups of my Linux workstation to a Synology NAS drive I looked into the procedure of installing Nextcloud. Fortunately I found some great howtos which I heavily relied on. So thanks to https://strobelstefan.org/2021/03/19/nextcloud-auf-einem-synology-nas-installieren/ and https://mariushosting.com/how-to-install-nextcloud-on-your-synology-nas/ for writing those guides and what you find here will basically repeat their descriptions - maybe with a few alterations.