We’re living times where the level of information created and consumed is too much to be procesed in a simple way. Each company has it’s own solutions or standars how the manage this problem and other type of entities like universities don’t have a unified approad.
The idea behind this post it’s to try to create a simple set of tools as a base for any company or entity looking forward to have a minimal setup for communication.
All this tools are opensource and, in some cases like bedework used by universities over the world.
The rules follow here are:
- A tool must be opensource
- Data must be encrypted
- It must provide self hosted intallation
If you’re a small company, a community or a learning institute trying to organize your communication this may help to do it.
The list of tools to use will be:
- A server
- A domain
Simplify networking complexity while designing, deploying, and running applications.
Jitsi is a collection of free and open-source multiplatform voice, videoconferencing and instant messaging applications for the web platform, Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS and Android.
An open network for secure, decentralized communication
A universal secure chat app entirely under your control.
Bedework will be a total calendaring and events system for institutions of higher learning
Shibboleth provides Single Sign-On capabilities and allows sites to make informed authorization decisions for individual access of protected online resources in a privacy-preserving manner.
Understanding each tool and what can do with it
Example domain: meet.mydomain.com
- Audio calls
- Video calls
- Desktop streaming
- Audio conferences calls
- Audio level display
- Call recording
- Attended transfer
- Blind transfer
- Call encryption (with SDES/SRTP and ZRTP)
- Support fot ICE
- Wideband audio (with SILK, G.722 and Speex)
- Noice suppresion
- Echo cancellation
- One-to-one chats
- Multi-user chats
- File transfer
- OTR encryption
- Encrypted password storage
- Password protection with a master password
- Encrypted Instant Messaging with Off-the-Record Messaging (OTRv4)
- Chat authentication with the Socialist Millionaire Protocol over OTR
- Call encryption with SRTP and ZRTP for XMPP and SIP
- Call encryption with SRTP and SDES for XMPP and SIP
- DNSSEC support
- TLS support and certificate-based client authentication for SIP and XMPP
- On-line provisioning
- Provisioning server discovery via DHCP and mDNS (Bonjour)
- IPv6 fully supported by SIP and XMPP
- Call history
- Missed call notifications
- Systray notifications (using Swing, Growl or libnotify)
- Drag and drop support for file transfer
- Integration with Microsoft Outlook and Apple Address Book
- Presence Integration with Microsoft Outlook: make calls, start chats * and see your contacts’ presence from within Microsoft Outlook
- Support for LDAP directories
- Support for Google Contacts
- Cross protocol conference calls: call your contacts over different accounts and protocols and join them in a single conference call.
Example domain: chat.mydomain.com
- Custom communication
- Choose who you trust your data (you have your data secure on your own server)
- Security, all your data can be end-to-end encrypted.
- Share files
- Intelligent notifications (name based notifications or by keywords definition to tigger if you’re following a specific topic).
- Integration with other apps, stikcers, widgets and bots
This app provides two main purpose. Provides a calendar you can use for all your team memebers and/or you can have one or more events streams.
- calendar.mydomain.com (company’s members calendar)
- events.mydomain.com (company’s public streams)
- Standards based and interoperable (Interoperability with other calendar systems and clients )
- CalDAV server
- CardDAV server
- Web clients
- Public calendar suites
- Personal calendars
- Administrative client for public events
- Public event submission
- Public event data feeds and widget builder
- Highly customizable look and feel: XML & XSLT
- Database independence: Hibernate
- Import and export
- Calendar subscriptions
- Multiple calendars
- Portal support
- Timezone support
- Recurring events
- Event references
- Pluggable group support
- Container authentication
- Support for other calendar systems and clients
There will be a few posts explining how to install each of these tools.