Since I work on a very limited budget, I’m often looking towards Open Source projects to meet my needs. There are a number of projects out there, so many that it’s necessary to find a filter to find the best ones. Plus, setting them up with the appropriate stack applications can get tedious, especially for me, someone who knows enough to be dangerous.
I love Bitnami (http://www.bitnami.com) because they answer both of these problems. Bitnami offers free, preset, application stacks for Open Source applications that can run on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and in dedicated virtual machines. If you use the cloud, Bitnami provides simple installation to AWS, Google, and Azure.
Bitnami’s applications include
- Bulletin Boards
- Programming Tools
- Development Environments
- Business Applications
and many, many, more. Go to https://bitnami.com/stacks to see a detailed list of applications available.
If you can run a virtual machine, or do an install of a Windows application, you have what it takes to run a Bitnami stack. If you do run into trouble, the forums and documentation online are excellent.
So, what’s the catch? If you use the VM’s, Mac, or Linux applications, there is none. It’s free (really). If you decide that you want to go to the cloud, you can take advantage of Bitami’s management console. You can try it out for free, running one small or medium server in the cloud. (Remember the cloud service providers will charge you to run servers and storage on their cloud).
I tried the management console, and love it. It’s user friendly and powerful. It provides options to build multiple applications on one stack, and allows you to run the application on your cloud service provider of choice. If you’re a serious user, (more serious than me) you should really consider using it.
Bitnami gives you access to the best open source applications, pre-configured at a great price. Check them out before you spend thousands on your next application.