Today we are excited to announce Photoview (by @viktorstrate) as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Overview

Photoview is a great way to view, organize, and (optionally) share all the photos and videos that are stored on your Embassy. Photoview allows you to organize media into albums, filter results, and mark favorites. It even has facial recognition!

It’s like Google Photos…without Google.

Instructions

Photoview uses File Browser to search for media files, so you must have File Browser installed and running for Photoview to work.

  1. Install Photoview from the Service Marketplace.

Today we are excited to announce Embassy Pages as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Overview

Embassy Pages is a simple web server that uses directories inside File Browser to serve Tor websites. Your website could be a blog, a portfolio, a business landing page, a product brochure, or just a set of static folders and/or files that you want to share with the world.

When you first install Embassy Pages, there will be a default Homepage hosted at the root, <tor-address>.onion. You can change the behavior of this page, and you…


Today we are excited to announce Sphinx Chat as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Overview

Sphinx Chat is a messaging service built on top of the Lightning Network. Each message sent and received on Sphinx is actually a transaction on Lightning. This serves to protect against spam and provides a means of monetizing content without trusted third parties.

Instructions 👇

Read the instructions carefully, or you are going to have a bad time!

  1. Install Sphinx Chat from the Start9 Service Marketplace.


Embassy Cloud

A Change of Heart

Over the past year, Start9 has taken a rather extreme posture towards cloud computing, making statements like “The cloud is just someone else’s computer” and “If it’s not self-hosted, it’s a vulnerability” and “Not your server, not your data”. We claimed that just as the personal computing model of the 80s and 90s succumbed to the cloud giants, so too would the cloud giants be overtaken by what we called “sovereign computing”, a model defined by radical self-privacy, non-custodianship, and censorship-resistance. …


Today we are excited to announce BTCPay Server as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Instructions

  1. Install EmbassyOS 0.2.11 or higher.

* Please keep in mind that Bitcoin, Lightning, BTCPay Server and EmbassyOS are beta technologies undergoing rapid development. Please use with caution.


Today we are happy to announce the release of EmbassyOS 0.2.10! This release contains new features, as well as multiple bug fixes and UX improvements. You can view the source code here.

LAN Support for Services

In January, a bug in Tor enabled an exploit of the network that caused intermittent outages of V3 addresses. Due to the Embassy’s deep integration with Tor, Embassy users found themselves unable to reach their services. This is an unacceptable state of affairs, as a personal server is only useful insofar as it can actually be used, duh.

Some Embassy owners quickly realized that, although they could not


Today we are excited to announce Mastodon as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Motivation

Mastodon is a free, open-source, Twitter-like social networking platform that relies on a decentralized network of federated servers.

Until now, running and maintaining your own Mastodon server was not easy, so most users simply create accounts on someone else’s server. While this is strictly better than everyone connecting to a single, centralized server as is the case with Twitter and other social networks, it still means entrusting free speech to a few, trusted server operators. …


Today we are excited to announce Burn After Reading (BAR) as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Check out the hosted demo

http://burrrrn6i4g4feosxlliwgfn5ocdznkxxkcfu5ftnwyzxk7fdbwfibyd.onion/

*requires using a Tor-enabled browser

Overview

In discussing which service to launch next on the Marketplace, we became determined to launch something that embodied the concept of sovereign privacy, because that is what the EmbassyOS offers. …


Today we are excited to announce Spark Wallet as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Spark is a minimalistic wallet GUI for c-lightning. It supports sending and receiving payments, viewing history, and managing channels.

Instructions

  1. Ensure you are have EmbassyOS ≥ 0.2.5.


Today we are excited to announce Ride The Lightning (RTL) as the latest addition to the Start9 Service Marketplace! You can view the source code here.

Ride the Lightning is a full function, device agnostic, web user interface for managing lightning node operations.

Instructions

  1. Ensure you are have EmbassyOS ≥ 0.2.5.

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