As I get older I’m less inclined to want to manage my own servers, but I’ve been enamored with Gitlab lately, so I decided to try installing my own copy of Gitlab CE.

It turned out to be easy enough. I used a pre-configured Digital Ocean droplet. I then installed an SSL cert from Let’s Encrypt, imported a few of my repos and I was off and running.

I have not yet tried adding any Runners or other CI tools but so far it’s pretty painless. Hard to beat having control over the environment and the privacy/security that brings. All for the price of a $20/month server instance.