[free-software-melb-announce] FSM Jun 18 - Running a small business on Free Software — The Sandstorm Platform

PuZZleDucK puzzleduck at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 22:22:21 AEST 2020

As Australia starts to ease restrictions and some businesses are opening up
again while many continue to operate online we thought it might be a good
time to look at what Free and Open Source Software is available for running
a small business or personal productivity. Luckily for us there is the
all-in-one solution that is Sandstorm.

Sandstorm describes itself as a self-hostable web productivity suite.It is
an easy to install and maintain server-side platform that provides seamless
access to dozens of productivity and office applications. Sandstorm
provides a secure platform and takes care of authentication, authorization,
installation and space management so you can start being productive from
the moment you get it set up. It does require you to have existing hosting
or to run it locally using something like Docker, but it allows for simple
authentication and installation of many applications once it's setup.

There is also a rich ecosystem of applications supported which we'll talk
about including EtherPad for collaborative editing, Draw.io for graphics,
HackerSlides for presentations, Wekan for project tracking, FileDrop for
secure file sharing and Collections for tying it all together... and that's
just scratching the surface of applications and alternatives available!

We’ll be meeting virtually via Big Blue Button (an open source video
conferencing system we'll probably cover in the near future) at 6:30pm on
Thursday the 18th of June. We'll update you with the URL as soon as we can.

Thursday 18th June, 6:30-8:00pm
BBB Room: To Be Announced
Meeting Tips: Mute your mic when joining or not talking and headsets are
recommended to reduce feedback.
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