What is this and why do I want it?
With Yunohost I can host my own services, at home. And I really like it. But it’s not enough. I also want to host my own network, and its corresponding domain name, at home. All of it configured to work together.
I want it first and foremost because it is fun. Also because I have a certain taste for a free and open Internet. And in that context I want to try something different than the paradigm where a user is expected to rely solely on third parties. So that is a kind of test to see how hard it is to reach a certain point of autonomy.
A word about the format of this how to. This is a work in progress. Meaning that it is not following the typical format of tutorials where the task is already done and detailed in a post.
I am in the process of doing this and due to the relative complexity of the task, I think I will rather detail the steps in different posts in this thread, over time. In this format I also want to make sure there is space for anyone to contribute if you can help in any way, or steer the whole thing in the right direction.
I hope this is ok with the forum guidelines. If not, please let me know.
So about the actual implementation, I think I will try to solve it as I go. But, more or less, that would look like this:
- Yunohost installed on a tiny box (Raspberry / Olimex …) at home.
- A block of public IPs for the box and the local network attached to it.
- Authoritative name server (wikipedia) for the domain name, that automatically configures the network.
I already have a few building blocks I can start with:
- For the routing part, I think I will start with the Brique Internet wifi hotspot application.
- For the network part, I highly recommend checking out FFDN but for the moment I will use Hurricane Electric as a tunnel broker since I can set it up myself, for free, with reverse dns. But for the IPv4 part it can get tricky. And having a mail server on IPv6 only can make it hard to reach. And I believe the RFC for a DNS says it needs to have a v4 address, I will check that out.
- I think Yunohost already includes a DNS and dhcp server. I will probably try to use it to configure the local network and the corresponding entries in the DNS.
I have no idea if anyone is interested by this setup, but I think I will work on it regardless. If you want to show interest you can like it, or contribute.
The next post should be about getting the network.