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Software to investigate:

1 Pre-made linux containers

  • Turnkey linux - these are linux containers built into proxmox

2 Membership

  • Zenbership

3 CRUD databases

  • dadabik -> PHP based frontend

4 Accounting

for a full list of open source accounting software, see:

Here are some promising ones:

  • Dollibarr
  • php/mysql based
  • popular in France due to French government giving new businesses a copy. Training videos tend to be in french
  • GnuCash
  • cross-platform (linux/windows/mac) application somewhat similar to quickbooks
  • FrontAccounting
  • PHP/MySQL based
  • LedgerSMB
  • Perl, web-based accounting package
  • Metasfresh
  • fork of ADiempere
  • has webinars you can sign up for and professional support you can pay for
  • Odoo
  • web based, used to be called openERP
  • ADempiere
  • another ERP package, similar to SAP R/2, not too many videos for it, seems complicated
  • apacheOFB (open for business)
  • web based, written in Java

5 Video cameras

  • zoneminder

6 Door Controllers

  • Leosac -> open source door controller software
  • meant to be installed on a linux devboard which is in-turn connected to a door strike & access control devices (i.e. card readers)

7 Streaming/IPTV

  • Magoware - seems to be an open source IPTV server used for streaming to pirate TV devices
  • Ant Media server - webRTC streaming?

See HLS for HTTP Live Streaming. This protocol allows for streaming the E-AC-3 codec

8 email

  • iRedMail - for administering email accounts and domains
  • roundcube - for client-based webmail
  • Sogo - groupware with shared contacts, calendar, etc

9 video conferencing

  • apache openmeetings - video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing
  • Jitsi meet - video conferencing, instant messaging, integrates with
  • Big Blue Button - video conferencing, whiteboard, desktop sharing, Android app only
  • Mconf - a fork of big blue button, has both android and ios app

10 collaboration

  • - similar to discord, integrates video conferencing using Jitsi meet
  • Diaspora - decentralized social network, alternative to facebook
  • Mastodon - another social network, but more like alternative to twitter
  • gitlab - for storing documents & M2C software projects
  • - alternative for whatsapp
  • matrix - works hand in hand with to provide self-hosted chat services
  • wire - an open source alternative to Skype apparently
  • discourse - open source bulletin board software

11 file sharing

  • Nextcloud - alternative to MS onedrive, google drive, almost a document management system. Has apps for ios/android/desktop
  • OwnCloud - similar to Next cloud (Nextcloud may be a fork?)
  • Pydio - yet another web-based thing similar to nextcloud and owncloud

12 audio/video/image sharing

  • Myyna - alternative to Pinterest, web only
  • Funkwhale - similar to diaspora but for audio files
  • Peertube - youtube alternative
  • collabora online - a web based version of libre office that can be used with nextcloud, owncloud, or pydio
  • onlyoffice - another open source online document editor, can be used with Nextcloud
  • emby - some sort of open source media streaming software?

13 VoIP stuff

  • must receive a phone call once every 3 months

14 Identity management

This is what we can use to store user account logins & passwords in a single place. Here's a list of software from wikipedia:

Implementations to check out:

  • Keycloak - Redhat's open source solution
  • can be used with Rocketchat for identity mgmt
  • OpenIAM - open source identity mangement
  • Shibboleth - open source fedrated identity (similar to openIAM)
  • FreeIPA - similar to active directory? looks like LDAP + kerberos + a certificate authority

15 ActivityPub / Fediverse

ActivityPub is an open standard that allows cross-sharing between distributed social networks. Fediverse is sort of a term to describe all the opensource social networking alternatives that are popping up. See for more info

Here's a list of opensource apps that are activitypub compatible:

  • peertube
  • mastadon

16 server/NAS administration

17 VPS Hosting


18 Backup software

  • UrBackup: need to look into this, appears to have a web interface
  • Bareos: looks like bacula with a web interface, need to check and see if it's still brutal to set up