On Monday, Stephen J. Vaughn-Nichols over at LinuxPlanet.com, asked where is Linux’s answer to Microsoft’s Small Business Server. He also wondered why, when most distributions come with all of the server software needed to make something similar, Linux is not used more often.
We know the answer to the first question: Amahi!
In all truth, Amahi is fast becoming an SMB, SOHO and workgroup server. Recently the 4.0 release added Primary Domain Controller functionality and VPN has been a stable feature for a long long time, and we have a lot of SMB-ready apps. The community is looking at organizing the feature requests for the new releases in Amahi’s roadmap.
The answer to the second is that while Amahi is wonderful and works very well, relatively few people know about it. Like many other open source projects, Amahi has a lack of resources. The subject of an official port of Ubuntu for Amahi keeps coming up. It is a wonderful idea. Still, we have had some Ubuntu developers working on the Ubuntu port on and off. Most developers have seriously underestimated the job and sooner or later they lose interest. We need to pool interest! We do have lots of volunteers for testing it!
Another idea is for an Amahi hardware device. Something that could be plugged in, the install code entered, and a few minutes later, voila! An Amahi server for home or business. The off-the-shelf technology for such a venture is such that a device like this is possible in a price range that would make it competitive with other NAS products such as Dlink’s DNS-323; Newegg’s most reviewed NAS product. The next version of Amahi will be more ready to take vendors input for bundling in hardware solutions!
How do we as the core of the Amahi user base, change this?
Stephen J. Vaughn-Nichols’ email address is readily available at Linux Planet: write to him and tell him that such a product exists! Trumpet Amahi’s features and ease of use! Tell your own story, like many in our testimonials page! Write a one liner with a link to Amahi! Whatever! Just let him know.
Finally, find an Ubuntu developer friend and let him know what we have and that we need their help! All he or she can say is no. And even if he or she says no, ask them if they know a developer that is looking for a project. Talk to them long enough and Amahi will stick with them even if they don’t contribute.
This project is in our hands. We are going to make or break it. If we get the word out, people will start to come around to something better, namely Amahi.
Let’s make Amahi become everything it can become!