Skip to content

What is this?

The "Geek's Cookbook" is a collection of guides for establishing your own highly-available docker container cluster (swarm). This swarm enables you to run self-hosted services such as GitLab, Plex, NextCloud, etc. Recent updates and additions are posted on the CHANGELOG.

Who is this for?

You already have a familiarity with concepts such as virtual machines, Docker containers, LetsEncrypt SSL certificates, databases, and command-line interfaces.

You've probably played with self-hosting some mainstream apps yourself, like Plex, OwnCloud, Wordpress or even SandStorm.

Why should I read this?

So if you're familiar enough with the tools, and you've done self-hosting before, why would you read this book?

  1. You want to upskill. You want to do container orchestration, LetsEncrypt certificates, git collaboration.
  2. You want to play. You want a safe sandbox to test new tools, keeping the ones you want and tossing the ones you don't.
  3. You want reliability. Once you go from playing with a tool to actually using it, you want it to be available when you need it. Having to "quickly ssh into the host and restart the webserver" doesn't cut it when your wife wants to know why her phone won't sync!

What have you done for me lately? (CHANGELOG)

Check out recent change at CHANGELOG

What do you want from me?

I want your money.

No, seriously (but yes, I do want your money - see below), If the above applies to you, then you're like me. I want everything I wrote above, so I ended up learning all this as I went along. I enjoy it, and I'm good at it. So I created this website, partly to make sure I documented my own setup properly.

Get in touch 👋

  • Come and say hi to me and the friendly geeks in the Discord chat or the Discourse forums - say hi, ask a question, or suggest a new recipe!
  • Tweet me up, I'm @funkypenguin! 🐦
  • Contact me by a variety of channels

Buy my book 📖

I'm also writing the Geek Cookbook as a formal eBook, on Leanpub ( Buy it for $0.99 (which is really just a token gesture of support) - you can get it for free (in PDF, mobi, or epub format), or pay me what you think it's worth!

The best way to support this work is to become a Patreon patron (for as little as $1/month!) - You get :

  • warm fuzzies,
  • access to the pre-mix repo,
  • an anonymous plug you can pull at any time,
  • and a bunch more loot based on tier

.. and I get some pocket money every month to buy wine, cheese, and cryptocurrency! 🍷 💰

Impulsively click here (NOW quick do it!) to patronize me, or instead thoughtfully and analytically review my Patreon page / history here and make up your own mind.

I also gratefully accept donations of most fine socialist/anarchist/hobbyist cryptocurrencies, including the list below (let me know if I've left out the coin-of-the-week, and I'll happily add it):

-ist-currency Address
Bitcoin 1GBJfmqARmL66gQzUy9HtNWdmAEv74nfXj
Ethereum 0x19e60ec49e1f053cfdfc193560ecfb3caed928f1
Litecoin LYLEF7xTpeVbjjoZD3jGLVgvKSKTYDKbK8
🐢 TurtleCoin TRTLv2qCKYChMbU5sNkc85hzq2VcGpQidaowbnV2N6LAYrFNebMLepKKPrdif75x5hAizwfc1pX4gi5VsR9WQbjQgYcJm21zec4

Hire me 🏢

Need some system design work done? I do freelance consulting - contact me for details.