Services we could provide startups
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There's a lot of open source software available for helping a place like Free Geek run. Here is some software we use and could conceivably offer to a new Free Geek startup to help them get off the ground.
Off the shelf software choices
A wiki is used to develop documents collaboratively. We've chosen [MediaWiki:MediaWiki|] as our official wiki. For the startup they could go to something like http://wiki.startupname.freegeekintergalactic.org.
An issue tracker helps you keep track of items that need to be followed up on, like a big community todo list. We use RT for this. It helps us run tech support, keep track of grants, and even assists us in planning some of our meetings agendas. For the startup they could go to something like http://todo.startupname.freegeekintergalactic.org.
Email List software
This allows us to set up discussion lists for various purposes. In general, each committee or working group has at least one email list. We use Mailman. For the startup they could go to something like http://lists.startupname.freegeekintergalactic.org.
We give people email accounts or aliases and let them use Roundcube to access them. An IMAP allows us to offer this server. We use Courier Our SMTP server is Postfix. For the startup they could get email addresses like email@example.com.
To serve up our web pages, we use Apache HTTP server. For the startup they could go to something like http://startupname.freegeekintergalactic.org.