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In the hazy days of my Youth, I dreamt that Docker was some nice easy solution a bit like VmWare, but simpler. (No full virtual machine, so therefore simpler. Flawless logic, I know.) Now I get closer to the day when I can finally install it into my NAS and I read a little more, it seems to be a right hornets nest of trouble and strife.

So, rather than ask for 'interesting' containers, or ' the best' for a given purpose, I would like to start with a few nice and easy containers. That should hopefully be a straightforward question that will not trouble you for more than the minimum length of time!

Sometime within the next lifetime or two, when I become a Docker-Incompetent, rather than the Docker-n00b I certainly am today, I would like to work with the following containers:
  • PiHole (backup to the rather cool Pi installed version I have)
  • a VPN client for ExpressVPN
  • BitWarden
  • Rocket.Chat (or MM)
  • Calibre
  • Bit torrent client
  • Bookstack (or Standard Notes)
  • RSS reader of some sort
(That list not influenced at all by blackvoid. Not at all.)

So the Starter for 10 would be "Can you suggest one, two or three from the list above as good and EASY containers to get my toes wet with?" (To install and configure I mean.)
You see, I do not even ask you for a full ranking! (It probably took longer to get to this point in the post than to answer the question...)
I will be putting in work to keep everything secure, so I'm not after a quick and dirty install!

A follow up for a further five points might be: "Are there any stinkers in there that I should leave until my third lifetime?"

Thank you!
 

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So the Starter for 10 would be "Can you suggest one, two or three from the list above as good and EASY containers to get my toes wet with?
Bitwarden
BookStack or SN (sn is a bit more complex considering that it have multiple parts that can be self-hosted)
RSS (FreshRSS with Postgres/mysql - 2 containers in total)

If and when you get stuck, post back.
 

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You'll find some tutorials on deploying docker containers in Resources. Here's a link that's filtered for Docker tag.

 
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Bitwarden
BookStack or SN (sn is a bit more complex considering that it have multiple parts that can be self-hosted)
RSS (FreshRSS with Postgres/mysql - 2 containers in total)

If and when you get stuck, post back.
Thanks Rusty, that is perfect. BitWarden was on my most-wanted list too, so that's good!
 
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From one Docker n00b to another, the linuxserver.io images are nicely documented even for docker-compose.
The only thing I could suggest to your list is rutorrent.
A lot of people also use Deluge or qbit in the heavy duty linux iso racing scene. So I have been told...

If you really want to effortlessly grab latest 1080p linux iso images, I would also suggest to look into Arrs

Otherwise my one Docker (compose) tip is to use the timezone as a volume instead of hard-coded in the env.
v
YAML:
    volumes:
      - "/etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro"
 
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it is not in silverj's list,
but for anyone interested in this,

the easiest container for me is the Unifi Controller

I'm a noob and had many problems with many containers,
but I had easy success with Unifi Controller (as a container or plugin) with Ubuntu server and Docker, with Fedora server and Podman, with Rockstor as plugin and with FreeNAS as jail
 
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it is not in silverj's list,
but for anyone interested in this,

the easiest container for me is the Unifi Controller
Thanks Kiriak. I had thought about this one, but I have the Cloud Key so not really needed. (Mind you, the not-very-old Cloud Key Gen2 seesm to be almost forgotten these days; I see developments elsewhere for the controller, but not for the Cloud Key...)
 

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