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Freeing Myself from the WebUIs

Last Mod.: 2024-06-02 | Created On: 2024-03-15


I think one of the best things I did a few months ago was installing vanilla Debian 12 on my NAS. Before this I probably spent two years distro hopping, from TrueNAS CORE to SCALE. CORE is okay but ZFS is overkill for me and it consumes a lot of ram as well as being based on FreeBSD which has less OOTB support and I’m not that familiar with it, then SCALE which is basically CORE but based on Linux and held by duktape and glue, it had some garbage support for Kubernetes and it was very slow, I think I used OpenMediaVault after this which was one step closer to freedom but not yet there, the freedom to install things natively without being almost forced or coerced into installing everything through Docker and that allows me to use whatever Web Server/Reverse Proxy that I want. This was holding me back for so fucking long. The common pattern of all of these distros is that every one of them had WebUIs that encourage you to use Docker and VMs and garbage like that. I thought Docker was supposed to be easier, everyone uses it but please explain to me how do I set up transcoding on Jellyfin hosted with Docker because it’s supposed to be easy right??

More on the Docker rant here: Stop Recommending Docker for Beginners

I finally got it now, everything works: I can use the Web Server / Reverse Proxy that I want instead of being force to use whatever came with the WebUI, I am not forced to use a slow ass WebUI that will break eventually if I try to set up settings from the command line with SSH. I host everything bare metal and it just works. I realised this when I was playing around with VPSes, low enough on memory that I wouldn’t want to use Docker anyway. I am free now.


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