What application have you recently discovered?

Fossify is on github so you can easily manage it by using Obtainium


This is what I love about the FOSS community.

The phrase “nature abhors a vacuum” is quite fitting in this context.


Maybe I am reading incorrectly, but I see contradictory information concerning telemetry that is used for IP addresses.

Here it states:

Usage telemetry

The application collects statistical data related to its usage and performances.


The OpenCTI platform does not collect any information related to threat intelligence knowledge which remains strictly confidential. Also, the collection is strictly anonymous and personally identifiable information is NOT collected (including IP addresses).

Here it states otherwise:

Data Collection Usage telemetry

To improve the features and the performances of OpenCTI, the platform collects anonymous statistical data related to its usage and health.

You can find all the details on collected data and associated usage in the usage telemetry documentation.

OpenStreetMap server

To provide OpenCTI users with cartography features, the platform uses a dedicated OpenStreetMap server (https://map.opencti.io). To monitor usage and adapt services performances, Filigran collects access log to this server (including IP addresses).

Not recent, but this piece of software is simply magnificent and brings a ton of value to the table.

If you like Tailscale but prefer an entirely open source fork, look no further.


Thank you! I’ve been wondering about an open source alternative for Tailscale for a long time, since I really enjoy their product and (currently generous) free plan, but I’m worried they will go the route of every company and monetize once many people use it

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Is it a “drop in” replacement for tailscale? (at work, link to their docs is blocked).

This proxy should allow you to view it, assuming it too is not blocked :sweat_smile:

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It’s blocked :frowning: I work for the National Health Service in UK, the really bizarre thing is Github is not blocked!!!

Oh, but Github is a M$ site… :wink:
Sorry, couldn’t resist a bit offtopic.


They are probably using a content filter that is selectively blocking URLs. It is probably on a proxy avoidance blackliist.

Tailscale is open source, except for a closed-source coordination server (which is not on your computer), and on closed-source OS’s like Windows or MacOS the GUI wrapper is closed-source as well (it is open source on Linux and Android).

Headscale is an open source version of the coordination server, so you can self-host your Tailnet.

There are some features which are different or missing in Headscale. For example, the admin panel (where you manage devices, ACLs, users, and so on) is not in Headscale–you have to straighten that stuff out from the command line and configuration files.

Also there is no MagicDNS, although you could conceivably roll your own if you set up your own DNS server and configure your Tailnet to use it.

In general there is a bit more legwork involved with using Headscale, and some features are missing. But in exchange, you get complete control over your data since it is self-hosted. That is a significant advantage from a privacy and data sovereignty perspective.

Little late to the party on this one, but ive recently discovered fastfetch, really neat, the GitHub is very active on it, provides some neat extra info like RAM usage and disk space, and its VERY fast.


Despite being in an alpha state, there are web interfaces available and being actively developed.

It’s also important to mention that there are features that are included in headscale such as what is not included in the free tier of tailscale.

Really? Like what?

One example is that the free tier of tailscale has a limit on the number of users until you have to fork out a monthly fee. Headscale doesn’t have these paywall restrictions and can also be used on a larger scale without needing to tap into your wallet.

Oh, gotcha. I thought you meant Headscale had features that Tailscale does not.

Headscale is great, I’m all about self-hosting all the things. I also think it’s awesome that Tailscale is so supportive of the project:

Encouraging Headscale

Headscale is an open source alternative to the Tailscale coordination server and can be self-hosted for a single tailnet. Headscale is a re-implemented version of the Tailscale coordination server, developed independently and completely separate from Tailscale.
Headscale is a project that complements Tailscale — with its own independent community of users and developers. Tailscale does not set Headscale’s product direction or manage the community, and neither prohibits nor requires employees from contributing to Headscale.

Our opinion is that Headscale provides a valuable complement to Tailscale: It helps personal users better understand both how Tailscale works and how to run a coordination server at home. As such, Tailscale works with Headscale maintainers when making changes to Tailscale clients that might affect how the Headscale coordination server works, to ensure ongoing compatibility.

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I completely agree. I came across that excerpt recently myself, and it instantly grew my respect for Tailscale. You don’t see this sort of public stance on a forked project from a for-profit company too often.

I was also using tailscale + headscale but sometime when the client update, you also need to update headscale, sometimes its days before you can use again your vpn. Got multiple time when i was away from home when this happen and sadly had to give up.

Yeah and you need the coordination server, right? That’s what I meant. If they restrict their free plan so much they’d force me to switch to a paid plan I will be happy there is an alternative.

Yep, it is good to have a fallback option…although in this case, your concern about the free plan becoming “restrictive” is probably unwarranted. If anything, they are consistent about going the other direction by expanding the free plan.

Just over a year ago, the free plan was “only” 25 devices. Personally, that was more than enough for me–and probably always would be. Heck, I don’t even own 25 devices. The bump to 100 devices for personal use almost seems excessive. It certainly does not feel like they are preparing to pull out the rug with a more “restrictive” plan.

If you are interested, they published a blog post a couple years back about why personal plans are always going to be free, how they plan to scale the business without getting any money from those accounts, and so on:

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