First of all I’m really happy to have found Nethserver. I’ve been looking for a project like this for some time. I’ll introduce myself for a bit to explain.
I live in Groningen, The Netherlands, in a former hospital build in the 1800’s. We’ve build a community here for 35 years now with about 250 people near the centre of the city. It’s called the “Oude RKZ”.
Since I first moved in I’ve always had interest in the ever growing computernetwork some people already started to build. Of course there weren’t any cables so we needed to pull them through the building and to every room. We went from about 20 people connected to a simple modem to a 500MBit fiber connection with more than 700 devices attached nowadays. It’s become quite a challange to optimze this network for so many people, but fun to do!
Back to software. Looking to where we come from and the basic ideals of many of the people here (building a community together with affordable living and a lot of social-cultural activities) we’ve always wanted to use the same principles in the digital world. We only use opensource software for all servers and services we run. People pay a small monthly fee so we are able to run a lot of great services for them including Diaspora*, ownCloud, webhosting, backups and since a month of course Nethserver! (by the way; great integration of RainLoop in ownCloud connected to the Nethserver mail backend).
One project for managing our LAN and users but which isn’t on many peoples maps is the Polish build LMS (Lan Management System; http://lms.org.pl/?lang=en) I’d like to share this project with you guys because it might be a great integration with Nethserver. We’ve used LMS for years now to manage our LAN users, their computers, finances, freeRadius, DHCP, etc, etc. It’s partly what Nethserver also does so they might mearn from one another
One thing that’s mighty important in the community I live in is that services are heritable and other people can continue work when I’ve left. I’m looking for software solutions that are easy to document and maintain so others can take over when necessary. Nethserver is the perfect project for this! I’ve never had such a great experience with any large project as Nethserver before. Thanks for all the work! I’ll try to contribute wherever I can.
About this community forum/pages; they are actually really great! It’s intuitive, friendly and easy to use. I love coming here and look around. Also great work to the people who have build it! I’ll promote Nethserver and the community wherever I can.