Introducing the OERu Tech Blog

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The Open Education Resource universitas (OERu) is an open organisation from top to bottom. Our entire technological infrastructure (with a couple exceptions) is built with and on Free and Open Source Software to which I normally refer as "FOSS". This introductory post outlines our technological motivations and some of our key choices. Future blog posts will go into more depth on some of these choices, and provide more insight in to specific implementations.

Docker Compose: A better way to deploy Rocketchat, Wekan, and MongoDB

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A few months back, I posted instructions on deploying Rocket.Chat and Wekan instances (and their mutual dependency, MongoDB) individually. Since then, I've spent some time with Docker Compose, a set of scripts which help you to define, build, and manage a set of Docker containers. Docker Compose is a thing of beauty. This is the way I now deploy Rocket.Chat, Wekan, and MongoDB together.

Protecting your users with Let's Encrypt SSL Certs

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For any website that requires anyone (users or even just a few admins) to transfer secrets to and from it, you want to ensure the data is end-to-end encrypted. Today various browsers (like Firefox) give warnings when you're sending secret data (like passwords) "in the clear", namely unencrypted.

Multiple Discourse Forums on the same server

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At the OERu we have two separate instances of market category leading Discourse Forum: one for OER partner and contributor collaborators and the other for learners. These days, online forums are seen as a bit old-school: fuddy-duddy. From my point of view, however, Discourse is "Forum-NG" (a Next Generation forum).

Upgrading your Docker Apps: MongoDB, Wekan, and Rocket.Chat

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(Update 2017-05-24: see an easier way to run Wekan, Rocketchat, and MongoDB) You may not have all of these installed, but if you're running Wekan or Rocket.Chat based on our instructions, you'll also have MongoDB, and the need to keep them all up-to-date to benefit from their rapid development processes (quick bug fixes and new and improved features every few days!).

Installing Wekan with Docker on Ubuntu Linux 14.04

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Wekan is an excellent, easy-to-use "kanban board" project management support tool, suitable for all manner of projects. For those who have used the highly marketed Trello kanban service, Wekan is functionally similar open source alternative that organisations can host and control for themselves. They can also enhance it in whatever ways they are moved to do so. We encourage our partner institutions to consider this path as a way of reducing costs as well as increasing freedom and privacy.