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- Today we’re interviewing Asheesh Laroia about Sandstorm.io, a project that is trying to make self-hosted applications easy and secure for everyone.
Interview with Asheesh Laroia
- 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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