Turnkey Linux: 100+ Free ready-to-use software appliance solutions

Turnkey Linux: 100+ Free ready-to-use software appliance solutions

Originally posted in March 2015

Turnkey GNU/Linux is a free Debian based library of system images that pre-integrates and polishes the best free software components into secure, easy to use solutions. http://www.turnkeylinux.org/ . ***The original content referenced throughout this article are the copyright of Untangle, and are used under fair use.

About Turnkey GNU/Linux

TurnKey was started in 2008 by Alon Swartz and Liraz Siri who were inspired by a belief in the democratizing power of free software, like science, to promote the progress of a free & humane society. Without the freedom to freely distribute, tinker and learn from free software the Internet as we know it would not exist. Free software is the silent, often invisible power behind the greatest technological marvel of our era.

Debian, the largest GNU/Linux distribution has over 37,500 packages in its software repositories. The free software movement has collectively created a treasure trove of software that anyone is free to use, distribute, modify and learn from. In essence, it is the original app store!

Unfortunately, much of this treasure is locked away because too few know about it and even fewer have the skills to take full advantage of it. Imagine how much good we could do if changed that.

Discovering, configuring and testing combinations of components can be notoriously challenging, time consuming and inefficient, especially if everyone keeps reinventing the wheel by rolling their own solutions.

To maximize the amount of good we can do with the resources we have we’ve created a simple yet powerful Linux distribution development toolkit that makes it easy to create pre-assembled solutions that can be deployed in just a few minutes from a CD image running on bare metal, a virtual appliance running on a virtual appliance, or a cloud instance controlled from your browser.

Turnkey Linux has been featured in Magazines such as Linux Journal, Information Week and InfoWorld.

Benefits of Turnkey Linux Solutions

  • 100+ ready-to-use solutions: discover and leverage the best free software. Deploy solutions quickly on bare metal, virtual machines, or in the cloud.
  • Free for long term use: free software with full source code and a powerful build system. Free of hidden backdoors, free from restrictive licensing and free to learn from, modify and distribute.
  • Secure and easy to maintain: auto-updated daily with latest security patches.
  • It just works: designed for ease of use, built and tested collaboratively by the community.
  • Backup and migration: built-in backup software saves changes to files, databases. Encrypted storage to protect server data and the ability to automatically restore servers from backup.
  • Based on Debian 7.2 (“Wheezy”): with automatic security updates for over 37,500 packages.
  • TurnKey GNU/Linux is licensed under the same terms as Debian. In other words, you are free to download, use, distribute and modify any solution or component for any purpose.
  • Easy to use: includes a web management interface, web shell, and simple configuration console (screenshots).
  • Lightweight (starting from 150MB): each solution is carefully built from the ground up with the minimum components needed to serve its role with maximum efficiency and security.
  • Assured integrity: solutions are built from verifiably unmodified Debian binaries, except for a few custom components for which full source code is available. Releases are cryptographically signed.
  • Turkey Linux pre-assembled software appliances work successfully in multiple Virtual environments such as VMWare, VirtualBox, SWSoft Parallels and Xen.

The 100+ Turnkey pre-assembled software appliances feature products which can be used for many of the services such as…

  1. Network Infrastructure Management (Domain Controller, OpenLDAP, File Server, OpenVPN)
  2. Website Content Management (Joomla 2.5, Drupal 7, WordPress)
  3. Website Shopping Management (Zen Cart, OsCommerce, Tomato cart)
  4. Support Ticketing Systems (OTRS, Sit!)
  5. Project Management
  6. CRM
  7. ERP and much more.

Linux provides the option to obtain and use free software for the purposes of supplementing or replacing specific business functions. An internal Linux expert is recommended to manage those systems.

Paul Comtois is a Client Support Specialist at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Paul can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.

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