Year In Review

2018 is over?

The 🍭☁️ was conceived in February, 2018. It was a simple idea: turn an inexpensive, quality arm SBC (Raspberry Pi for example) into a pocket sized self-hosted cloud. A cloud that can be offline for long periods, host files and connect a small group of humans together when there isn't internet.

In March, 2018 the idea was poked with a stick and after more than a few false starts, others were contacted for feedback. Everyone contacted was interested and started watching eagerly.

@jmf@ap.lollipopcloud.solutions and @kemonine@social.holdmybeer.solutions joined forces to begin work. By May, 2018 the Lollipop Cloud project was made public.

By mid June, 2018 jmf had overhauled our documentation with a focus on accessibility and teaching. Our documentation is our biggest asset. jmf has focused on ensuring others can build their own Lollipops. They have also ensured we use technology that can be adapted to other purposes and maintained even if something happens to our humble project.

By mid September 2018 a beta, portable Lollipop was built and served KemoNine incredibly well during a week long international trip without "real" internet. GPS, NextCloud, Pi-Hole and more were all attached to their bag for 7 days. It was a great proof of concept that an individual can deploy a little Raspberry Pi style "server" and have access to a digital life while offline.

We have also deployed a full infrastructure based on our own project. We self-host our documentation, kanban boards, matrix server, xmpp server, Docker image builders, NAS, Docker registry, website, Pleroma, Plume and more. You can do a lot with very little. Our self-hosting is proof positive of this fact.

The year has come to a close and we are still working hard on improving our documentation and providing more options for our users.

If you've been following @cloud@ap.lollipopcloud.solutions you know we've been very busy the last 2 months or so, especially the last 2 weeks. We've been working hard on adding more services and documentation for our users.

We look forward to 2019 and hope you join us along the way.