Would anyone be interested in hearing about our adventure? We''re a feminist non-profit in the midst of migrating from Windows to : servers and desktops! We try to be as as possible, for ethical, security and privacy reasons.

@Gina That sounds interesting, I would be interested to know what kind of problems you encounter

@Matter Issue nr. 1 in our adventure: deciding which software to bet on; or ? or ? or ? The only app we never doubted was ❤️

Server side; do we go with or with ? What to do with our HR software that runs on Windows? How will authentication work with FreeIPA?

Then, what desktop OS? , or ? Do we need virtual desktops? Surprise: we chose Linux Mint.

@Gina @Matter I use mint too Ubuntu download has no certificate ?!

@Gina I'm more surprised that @nextcloud was straightforward, you could've joined other projects together to get a similar result but with separate apps for each function. Like Seafile for file synchronisation, RadiCal for contacts and calendar syncing ( etc. Because the Unix philosophy is "Do one thing, and do it well". From what I've read it that Matrix is like the new Pidgin; it can support a lot of networks besides itself, including Rocketchat - 1/3

@nextcloud @Gina I only have experience with LibreOffice, but it isn't the most intuitive to use so I will check out OnlyOffice. Btw I hope FreeIPA will support SQRL when it is released (which is soon).
Btw the desktop OS you've chosen is Debian twice improved (Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, which in turn is based on Debian) - 2/3

@nextcloud @Gina What was the biggest reason to go with Mint? Was it the Cinnamon desktop environment, or the extra included packages and snapshot utility? 🙂 - 3/3

@RyuKurisu @nextcloud both, although we're going with Mate as the desktop.

@Gina @RyuKurisu @nextcloud Timeshift is included in Debian Buster repo. Buster repo alone can cover everythin, for anything extra you can go with snap or flatpak.

@Gina Have you tried out the Budgie desktop environment? :D I think it's the bee's knees. They've done a lot of work on compatibility, so if you find you like any of the widgets (like the panels or the window shuffler) they can probably be integrated into the desktop environment of your choice.

@thenorili I have, but at least two years ago. Liked it a lot!

@Gina @Matter if you haven't decided on it yet, give a try. It has a very good concept for organizing channels/groups/streams/tags, in my opinion.

@laufi @Matter huh that actually looks quite good, thanks!

@Gina These questions of what software to choose are exactly the kind that keep me up at night as I consider self-hosting, or what to advise community organizations wanting to self-host to choose. I'd be really interested to read a series of blog posts on your experiences. Like what @lightweight has done with the #OERu tech blog:

@Gina I know that's potentially a lot of work, so I'd be happy to help with the writing, if that would make it more doable for you?

@Bro666 @Gina @Matter I looked at it a while ago and thought it was shady then. My recommendation has been that you'd be better off with MS than onlyoffice.

@jason_s_dodd @Bro666 @Gina @Matter Closed source software can imho never be better than Open source software.

@Gina @Matter

In my company I've installed oVirt 4.2 + FreeIpa for VDI and server machines and we are pretty happy :-)

@Gina for the HR software on Windows... maybe RDP would be a solution for it. If you want to get rid of your Windows machines completely you can also check out or We use the latter for our development machines in the cloud (TM)...

@Gina just to correct myself... for simple desktop app sharing (no need for a complete desktop) this might be an even better solution:

@appelgriebsch @Gina
Otherwise, VirtualBox does a really good job. You just need a Windows license and some disk space.

@Gina Excellent decision, I'd love to hear more about your progress.

@ericbuijs Thanks, I'll post a few adventure updates daily. We're almost done building.

Our big victory of this week was getting 2FA (via FreeIPA) for our apps and desktops to work. Biggest letdown of the week? The 2FA also works whenever you lock your pc - so whenever you come back from a bathroom break you have to generate a OTP on your phone again. Yeah.. that's a week's worth of work out the window.

@Gina @ericbuijs because everything gets deleted when the system locks?

@RyuKurisu @ericbuijs I guess the original OTP gets deleted, yes. I wish we could say that you only have to use OTP on the desktop once, that it saves it as a cookie or something, but this is not the case.

@Gina @RyuKurisu @ericbuijs kerberos can be used for authentication token caching, but there might also be a way to do that with pam

if you figure it out, please let us know how :)

@Gina That's awesome news. I've often thought FOSS could really help out the non-profit world. Hope it works out well for you all!

@Gina I'd be interested in hearing about the FOSS journey of a non-profit. I don't think you should force additional politics into it, all it can do is divide people and cause drama where it's completely unneeded.

@Gina I work in a closed-source software nonprofit serving the nonprofit space and I want to read all about your progress, reasoning, decisions process, please tell us ALL ABOUT IT!

@Gina I"m down to hearing. I have zero experience in booting OS's or Duel Booting. I always wanted to get a Linux Laptop

@Gina Me hands up. I am interested at what you did in combination of and FOSS.

@Gina I'm super interested! What's the name of your organization, may I ask? What do they do?

@Gina As I build up the infrastructure for my new company, I want to prioritize open source and free software too. Your experience will help provide a model for us, so thank you for sharing!

@Igorjagec IT at an international feminist non-profit based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Yes I would love to know more.
I have discovered Linux 10 years ago thanks to my partner and even though he is going - for work reason - back to windows I want to go deeper in the open source world... even if I'm a non-techie.
Thanks for the question.

@Gina I am. Tell me more about it. (Profile peeking :blob_laughing: and possibly letting you know about it, without ever wanting). Does the organization you are working on have a website? :blobangel:

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