Eat Our Own Dogfood?

Hang Yes!! Here at Freedom IT we use Linux and open source products as much as possible.


Our office productivity suite of choice is LibreOffice (the Document Foundation's fork of OpenOffice.org).

I have heard of NZ companies running open-source accounting software very successfully, such as Quasar and LedgerSMB , but we have yet to trial these.
 
We have a CentOS 7 x86_64 file host server that holds all our files, documents,etc. It is 'joined' to a Samba4-based (v4.15) Active Directory running on a virtual host. This server is also used to boot customer PC's via iPXE Network Boot and run various tools such as hardware sniffers, disk cloning/management tools (clonezilla, parted magic), flash updating tools, etc. We can boot WinPE images and standard Windows install images (wim files) over the ipxe). We also use the PXE boot to try out things like xPud.We have another server running Almalinux 8 x86_64 and this server is our virtualisation host. It has 40Gb RAM and runs 7 KVM-based virtual machine guests. These include: a Kopano email server running on Almalinux 8 x86_64,  a Windows 2019 Standard Server for anything that requires Windows, a Sangoma VOIP FreePBX-based asterisk server (based on CentOS 7) for communications, an Ubuntu 18.04 server used for UniFi Video cameras.
 
We have another desktop PC that runs an Ubuntu-derivative distro, based on 18.04 (LTS) - KXStudio.  It is my main work desktop. I use it for things like  for setting up websites, manipulating images with the GIMP, Inkscape, editing documents in LibreOffice, etc. There is also a 'multimedia' PC - a custom-built PC with  16Gb RAM, Intel i5-8400 @ 2.8GHz CPU. This has an NVidia GTX-1060-3G graphics card and a Samsung 970Pro 256G NVMe PCIe SSD. It runs KDE Neon.

There is also an Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) that triple-boots, via rEFInd, Apple MacOS, Ubuntu, and Windows 10. That way I have a single machine that can do all 3 OS's. P.S. I still don't like the Macbook keyboard with it's lack of Home, End, and (real) Delete keys, and the Delete key thats actually a Backspace key. I know there are key combos to access those functions but, really?!

As an aside, we run Ubuntu 20.04 that provides PVR functionailty using MythTV (v0.31) in our living room. We can record programs and then watch them when we like and one of the  best parts is: it skips the commercials (most of the time)! We can also view the recorded programs from any computer in the house - Mac OSX has a MythTV Frontend , as does Windows (of sorts), and there are mythtv-specific Android apps too, and, of course, Linux!

Oh, and just a reminder, all the Linux-based stuff we use above IS FREE!
 
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