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 (radicale.org/) 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 zulipchat.com/ 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 azure.microsoft.com/en-us/serv or aws.amazon.com/workspaces/. 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: aws.amazon.com/appstream2/?nc2

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

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