Apps are blooming everywhere! OpenVPN ALS, Bookmarks (Weave), and phpLogCon

It’s been a brisk month for Amahi, with the Hottest Pick award from Linux Format, and the FLOSS Weekly interview.  We’ve also had a record number of installs this month. Welcome new users!  If you haven’t done so already, please stop by the community channel and say hello!

So, to continue our pace, we are taking 3 very exciting Apps from beta to live, to make Amahi even more useful!

First is a very useful app from our prolific contributor Mouton: the Amahi Bookmarks App. Based on Mozilla’s Weave Sync API for the Firefox browser. Now you can sync your bookmarks, history, and passwords across all of your machines (and across all the users the your network!) with the Firefox Weave plug-in. A number of us on the team are using it already!

The often asked question “How can I access my data from outside my network?”, now has a straight forward solution.  Although OpenVPN is available by default with Amahi,  with ALS you don’t need a machine with a client installed.  OpenVPN ALS allows you to securely access your network through any browser that supports HTTPS.

And for the analyst in you, we offer in our Application Gallery, the web based phpLogCon.  Now it’s quick and easy to find that log entry by opening a simple browser window.

Read on!



BookmarksBookmarks

Sync server for Mozilla Weave. Allows you to sync your Mozilla Firefox bookmarks, passwords, open tabs and history to your Amahi HDA using the Mozilla Weave add-on.
This application sets up a personal sync server for use with the ‘Weave Sync’ add-on for Mozilla Firefox.

Weave Sync currently supports continuous synchronization of your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs; you can preserve your settings on your own Amahi HDA.



OpenVPN ALSOpenVPN ALS

OpenVPN ALS (project Adito) is a web-based VPN server written in Java. OpenVPN ALS has a browser-based AJAX UI which allows easy access to intranet services. Once installed and configured correctly, you will be able to access all your files and most of the applications on your HDA using your custom Amahi URL (tested with Firefox and Internet Explorer).



phpLogConphpLogCon

phpLogCon is a web interface to syslog and other network event data. It provides easy browsing and some basic analysis of realtime network events. Depending on the applications feeding the database, it can process syslog messages, Windows event log entries and even SNMP trap data – just to name a few.


Cheers!

The Amahi Team!

Amahi Bookmarks App. Based on Mozilla’s Weave Sync API
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Have you heard the News? Sabnzbd, OSTicket and Web KeePass

Hot off the presses!  The ever popular binary newsreader SABnzbd is back on Amahi!  All you Usenet junkies and binary fans will be glad to see it’s return after a brief scrum with a php update.  Also new to the App Gallery is  osTicket, an Open Source support ticketing system with many great features to help streamline the support process.  And last, but certainly not least, Web KeePass!  Finally, a secure, multiuser password manager for your network.    No more racking your brain to remember that password  or sticky notes on the monitor to threaten your networks security.

As always the Amahi Team is hard at work to bring you more Apps.  Is there is an App you would like to see on Amahi?  Just click on Suggest under Applications at Amahi.org



sabnzbdsabnzbd

SABnzbd is a free/open-source cross-platform binary newsreader written in Python.

NOTE: Amahi Application RPM Fusion (Non-Free) MUST be installed first.
It simplifies the process of downloading from Usenet dramatically, thanks to its friendly web-based user interface and advanced built-in post-processing options that automatically verify, repair, extract and clean up posts downloaded from Usenet. SABnzbd also has a fully customizable user interface, and offers a complete API for third-party applications to hook into.



osTicketosTicket

osTicket is a widely-used open source support ticket system. It seamlessly integrates inquiries created via email, phone and web-based forms into a simple easy-to-use multi-user web interface. Manage, organize and archive all your support requests and responses in one place while providing your customers with accountability and responsiveness they deserve.
osTicket is designed to help you streamline support requests and improve customer support efficiency by providing staff with tools they need to deliver fast, effective and measurable support. Some of the core features include:

  • Web and Email SuppportTickets can be created via email, online forms or phone (created by staff). Flexible configuration and mapping.
  • Auto ResponseAutomatic reply that is sent out when a new ticket is opened or a message is received. Customizable mail templates.
  • And much much more


  • Web KeePassWeb KeePass

    KeePass is a free open source password manager to help you securely manage your passwords. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file.

    Features and Key Benefits:

  • Very strong compound data encryption
  • Completely web based over totally secure HTTPS connection
  • And much much more

Cheers!

The Amahi Team.

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Amahi on the FLOSS Weekly show!

Wooohoooooooo!

Pack up your bags we’re going to the show! FLOSS Weekly that is!

One of the core members (and founder) of Amahi, Carlos Puchol (aka cpg), is the guest of the 112th show, taping tomorrow March 10th, at 1:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (live brocast link). Post your question here in this post or ask in the forums!

FLOSS Weekly is a show on the TWiT network that premiered on April 7th, 2006.  The show contains interviews with prominent evangelists and developers in the Free, Libre, and Open Source Software movement and is hosted by radio personality Leo Laporte and Randal Schwartz.

Check out the distinguished group of interviewees that we join! Kent Beck (extreme programming),  Ward Cunningham (inventor of wikis), Miguel de Icaza (GNOME, Ximian, Mono), Rasmus Lerdorf (PHP), Tim O’Reilly (OSS visionary), Guido van Rossum (Python), Linus Torvalds (Linux), and Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia). Makes one kinda humble :)

Most episodes feature the primary developer or developers of a particular project. This episode is about Amahi!

The format of the show is an open discussion with a live irc in parallel, with the hosts asking about the guest and the project. Typically, the host will ask about the history of the project, how the concept was envisioned, its development model and so forth.

So come on out, pull up a chair, log-on and get your listening on!

Cheers!

The Amahi Team

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New release 5.2 + Amahi award, in a bookstore near you!

I feel good! … like I knew that I would … oh hey, hello! :)

We’re happy to share that Amahi just got chosen the Hottest Pick award by Linux Format magazine!

… there aren’t many easier ways of getting [a server] set up than installing [Amahi]

That’s what they had to say! Linux Format is UK’s largest  Linux magazine and one of the largest circulation Linux mags in the world, including bookstores and electronics stores. The March issue (LXF129) will be in the shelves in the next 2 or 3 weeks, so look for it!

In addition to this, next Wednesday March 10, at 1.30pm PST (10:30pm EST), there is a live interview about Amahi with founder Carlos Puchol on TWIT.TV’s FLOSS Weekly, one of the most popular free/open source video casts. We’re happy to be featured in this program which often brings illustrious guests. Video to be available a few hours after the live program ends. Suggest your questions to discuss!

Release time! Drum roll please …

Today we announce Amahi 5.2. The bits should be already installed in most Amahi systems by now. This is mostly a bugfix release, with a few major features taking shape, many of them contributed by a strong new team member Guillaume Boudreau (aka Mouton):

  • Notably, we have started working on integrating a very exciting Drive Pooling technology called Greyhole: redundancy across drives, expandable storage on a JBOD-like architecture!
  • Added an “extras” options in the shares to do a lot of advanced things, like adding quotas, running antivirus, add recycle bins to shares, add guest access, or auditing capabilities, in addition to supporting the development of Greyhole.
  • Automatic support for automatic time zone setup of  PHP applications
  • Automatically back up app databases when updating and of course other improvements for supporting apps
  • TONS of application updates: eyeOS, FengOffice, Ampache, Gallery, etc. etc.
  • The DLNA server has been updated to support M3U/PLS playlists
  • AmahiTunes has been released as a new app with streaming built in right on the app
  • Improvements to Dutch, Spanish, with new alpha support for Japanese
  • … and many more fixes and improvements!

Simplicity is what we aim for! It’s your network and Amahi  makes it easy to keep it that way. No complex setup, no graduate degree, and no other software installation is needed. We’re thrilled that Amahi has been recognized in this way by a well known magazine!

Now, one of the things that we don’t do enough is to thank you, the community. You have been with us through thick and thin, always diligently reporting what works and what doesn’t, made contributions, improved documentation, and most of all you have continued to share and evangelize the amazing features of Amahi. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

We have three things for you today!

First, Amahi just got awarded “Hottest Pick” for new or updated Open Source project by Linux Format, the largest UK Linux magazine, and is distributed in the U.S.!

One of the best things Linux Format had to say was “The installation process is almost as easy as installing a new distro” and we have to agree! We’ve said it from day one! It’s your network and we’re fighting to keep it that way! There isn’t any complex setup for your network, you don’t need a graduate degree, and you don’t need to install software on each client. It’s your network we’re rolling with you!

Drum roll please….

Today we bring you Amahi 5.2. The bits have hit the fan, er .. the repos, and should be already installed in all Amahi systems (unless automatic updates are disabled). Some of those pesky bugs from Fedora 12 popped back up and we’ve fixed most of them. The PHP time zone problem was fixed and you have the ability of automatically backing up an app database when updating to a newer release. We’ve updated DLNA to support M3U/PLS playlists! Amahi is proud to support many media formats and work hard for you to use your media that way you want to.

We’ve updated many apps to the newer version (you can find the list here). We’ve already begun work on integrating greyhole into Amahi with the help of the developer of greyhole (he goes by Mouton in IRC). We’ve also added translations for more worldwide users and many other things (which can be found in our wiki).

NOTE: Most apps that have databases include a routine that will backup the db upon uninstall. This will allow users to upgrade without losing data by reinstalling the app to receive the latest version.

Now, one of the things that we don’t do enough is to thank you, the community. You have been with us through thick and thin, always diligently reported what works and what doesn’t, and most of all you have continued to evangelize the positive aspects of Amahi. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

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