Trying @disroot and surprised how well it could fit almost all my needs. Now wondering if going straight to self-hosted (for mail and files at least) does not make even more sense. Thoughts, anyone?

Selfhosting is always a win! So go for it.

But. While hosting nextcloud is pretty easy task with plenty of documentation, email is a bit more difficult, especially if you want to stay away from spam lists etc. is something to look at. You can deploy easily disroot like node with ton of apps.

@disroot thanks! Will definitely look at it. I'm actually debating (not surprisingly) between more control (which I would like) vs. more maintenance workload (which I definitely don't really want). Your service is great and it could easily be a fairly acceptable tradeoff...

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