Install NextCloud Hub and OnlyOffice on Ubuntu 22.04 with Docker Compose
This is another update of my previous posts (installing NextCloud with Collabora Office Online on Ubuntu 16.04 and then NextCloud with OnlyOffice on Ubuntu 18.04). I'm updating it thanks to my colleague in edtech, Stephen Downes' heroic videos showing how he went through this process using my 18.04 instructions on 22.04, running into a few minor issues... this update seeks to remedy the problems he encountered with the older tutorial.
Installing and Upgrading Moodle with Docker Compose on Ubuntu 22.04
Note: work in progress
Moodle is probably (there's little agreement among the pundits) the market-leading Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Learning Management System (LMS). It's pretty much everywhere. Here's how you can set up and maintain your own Moodle instance(s).
Installing BigBlueButton on an OERu Docker Server
This tutorial was developed for the Samoan Knowledge Society Initiative, in which the OER Foundation is very pleased to be involved. (Update 2022-02-10: we have also created a video tutorial based on this written tutorial)
OERF FOSS Tech Hosting Conventions
At the OER Foundation we host an array of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) services. To keep things manageable, we have established a set of conventions to which we adhere, and I'm describing them here in case it's helpful to others who can either learn from, or improve on, our experience.
Building a Course Site with WordPress on Ubuntu 20.04 using Docker Compose
The OERu offers accredited tertiary (University level) courses to learners anywhere on the Internet, whether they are using desktop computers or mobile devices.
Protecting your users with Let's Encrypt SSL Certs
SkFor 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.
Installing NextCloud and Collabora Office Online with Docker on Ubuntu 16.04
Update 2021-11-08: this post is now getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, and I need to update it to use up-to-date components. It might still be useful to folks, but use it with caution. Also, please note, we're using NextCloud with OnlyOffice (the open source community edition) these days.
Installing Mastodon with Docker-Compose on Ubuntu 16.04
Not long ago, Mastodon, an open source, federated alternative to the proprietary network-effect wunderkind, Twitter, came out of no where.
Many simple tools, loosely coupled
Our approach to technology here at the OERu is inspired by the UNIX tool philosophy which can be summarised as follows:
"create simple tools that do one job well, and make it easy to combine them to work together"
Multiple Discourse Forums on the same server
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).