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Episode 75 - Sandstorm.io with Asheesh Laroia

September 17, 2016

Summary

Sandstorm.io is an innovative platform that aims to make self-hosting applications easier and more maintainable for the average individual. This week we spoke with Asheesh Laroia about why running your own services is desirable, how they have made security a first priority, how Sandstorm is architected, and what the installation process looks like.

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  • Your hosts as usual are Tobias Macey and Chris Patti
  • Today we're interviewing Asheesh Laroia about Sandstorm.io, a project that is trying to make self-hosted applications easy and secure for everyone.
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Interview with Asheesh Laroia

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python? - Tobias
  • Can you start by telling everyone about the Sandstorm project and how you got involved with it? - Tobias
  • What are some of the reasons that an individual would want to self-host their own applications rather than using comparable services available through third parties? - Tobias
  • How does Sandstorm try to make the experience of hosting these various applications simple and enjoyable for the broadest variety of people? - Tobias
  • What does the system architecture for Sandstorm look like? - Tobias
  • I notice that Sandstorm requires a very recent Linux kernel version. What motivated that choice and how does it affect adoption? - Chris
  • One of the notable aspects of Sandstorm is the security model that it uses. Can you explain the capability-based authorization model and how it enables Sandstorm to ensure privacy for your users? - Tobias
  • What are some of the most difficult challenges facing you in terms of software architecture and design? - Tobias
  • What is involved in setting up your own server to run Sandstorm and what kinds of resources are required for different use cases? - Tobias
  • You have a number of different applications available for users to install. What is involved in making a project compatible with the Sandstorm runtime environment? Are there any limitations in terms of languages or application architecture for people who are targeting your platform? - Tobias
  • How much of Sandstorm is written in Python and what other languages does it use? - Tobias

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