an IT strategy that can be replicated

Daniel Pocock daniel at
Mon May 23 07:38:45 UTC 2016

On 20/05/16 18:49, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> There have been a couple of threads on the list this week about the
> creation of individual teams to manage some FSFE services and the type
> of service that the system-hackers are offering to provide.
> One of the bigger issues associated with all this is the question of
> whether FSFE's IT model can be replicated by other organizations
> (including non-profits) of similar size.
> The default strategy for many organizations today seems to start with a
> Facebook group and graduate to Google Apps, possibly outsourcing a web
> site where money is spent on appearance and dodgy SEO services rather
> than development of any real functionality.
> This brings me to a few questions:
> - should it be a priority for FSFE's IT strategy to be easily
> replicated, so that we can say to other organizations that they can
> follow the FSFE sysadmin wiki and they will be up and running in a few
> hours?
> - are there other small non-profit organizations that already
> demonstrate best practice for volunteer-run IT with free software and
> should we build a list of them?  For example, is FSF's or Debian's
> strategy considered suitable for other organizations to replicate?
> - going beyond the scope of Linux distributions like Debian, there are
> solutions like ClearOS[1] that aim to provide a turn-key office/small
> business solution, is anybody maintaining a list of these and would it
> be more productive for FSFE to move onto something like that and
> individual volunteers (such as the blog team) would contribute to that
> project?

Another one in this category is Turnkey Linux, based on Debian jessie

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