bob at sluggish.homelinux.net
Sun Jun 12 10:27:00 UTC 2011
On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 04:48:09 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Would you be willing to share your setup, and point out what you spot
> yourself as being weak points regarding usability by non-experts?
OS: Debian Squeeze
Wiki - Mediawiki
FTP - vsftpd (with SSL required)
Email - dovecot, spamassassin, roundcube
Web - Apache
Bookmarks - Scuttle
Blog - Wordpress
Social networking - Friendika
I set up disk quotas for FTP users, because I'm only using a 16GB flash
drive and don't want people clogging up the server with massive files.
This is ideal for things like transferring family photos or documents.
Possibly in future I might go over to using SparkleShare, but at the
moment there isn't a Windows client for that - and yes, some of my
friends still do use that OS.
Everything is accessible via HTTPS, to avoid the Firesheep issue.
As a backup system I use rsync via cron to copy data (mysql database,
email, web site) from the USB flash drive to the SD card, then swap the
SD card occasionally. I've also made a backup of the flash drive which
I carry on a keyring. If the plug was destroyed (in a fire for example)
or stolen I'd still have a recent copy of everything and as long as
replacement hardware was available I could be up and running again
> Sounds good. As for packages to pick, how about you describe the
> packages you have a year of experience using?
So far the main issues I've had have been with Wordpress. This seems
to rev frequently, and keeping up with the new versions is a task in
itself. Possibly I might try using some other, maybe simpler, blogging
I've had some issues with Friendika - particularly statusnet
integration. This seems to be some sort of Oauth issue. I'm on the
latest development code for Friendika, so fixes for these things are
ongoing. Other than that Friendika seems like a good replacement for
Facebook. I tried to install Diaspora a couple of times, and failed on
both occasions, but Friendika was much easier to install. I also tried
Appleseed, but this seems to still be a long way behind Friendika in
terms of stability and usability.
The way I have things set up isn't necessarily ideal for the freedombox
project, but it is an existence proof that it is possible to move out of
the cloud and have control over your own data without the "spying for
free". One obvious limitation is that I'm currently not using an
encrypted file system, so anyone who could seize my devices could read
my data. Nevertheless I think my current setup is a step in the right
direction, and I'm quite happy with it. From a practical point of view
it also saves having to rent web space on someone else's server, or
subscribe to systems such as DropBox or UbuntuOne.
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