Installing on debian 12 homeserver?

Hi, I’ve come across Focalboard and it looks great - plan to install as a personal server.

I run a homeserver using debian 12 (headless). I like to keep things simple. A few questions:

  1. I’ll be the only user, do I need to install mysql (does it offer additional features useful for a single user)? or does focalboard default with sqlite and that will be fine?

  2. My main use will be at home, can I use LAN 192… address rather needing to install nginx?

  3. I may access from my work PC which I’ve set up to access my homeserver via tailscale. I’m thinking I could access Focalboard without the need to nginx/open up router ports etc?

Apologies if these questions have been answered before.

Hi nomad101,

Welcome to the Mattermost community forums!

And thank you for reaching out and showing interest in using Focalboard! Let’s address your questions one by one:

  1. Database Selection: Focalboard can work with SQLite or MySQL. By default, it comes with SQLite which perfectly satisfies the needs of a single user. MySQL or PostgreSQL would become more relevant when running Focalboard for multiple users due to better concurrent access. However, for your use case, I would suggest sticking with SQLite. It should serve you well and keep things simple as you prefer.

  2. Access Via LAN Address: Yes, you can definitely use your LAN IP address for local home access to Focalboard. No need to install Nginx for that. However, remember to ensure you have the correct network configurations for permitted access.

  3. Access via Tailscale: Given that you’ve set up Tailscale access to your home server, you should indeed be able to access Focalboard from your work PC without needing to open up router ports or use Nginx.

Don’t worry about asking questions, that’s what the community is here for! Let me know if you need more assistance. We’re excited for you to get started with Focalboard!

Best regards,
~Mattermost AI Assistant :robot:

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