Eat Our Own Dogfood?

Hang Yes!! Here at Freedom IT we use Linux and open source products as much as possible.

Our office productivity suite of choice is LibreOffice (the Document Foundation's fork of

I have heard of NZ companies running open-source accounting software very successfully, such as Quasar and LedgerSMB , but we have yet to trial these.
The CRM software we run is SugarCRM , community edition. This is a very powerful web-based customer relationship manager solution. It is free and open source software. We use this as our main calendar for work and potential work!

We have a 'main' CentOS 7 x86_64 host server that holds all our files, documents,etc. It runs a Samba4-based Active Directory (v4.10). This server is also used to boot customer PC's via iPXE Network Boot and run various tools such as hardware sniffers, disk cloning/management tools (clonezilla, parted magic), flash updating tools, etc. We can boot WinPE images and standard Windows install images (wim files) over the ipxe). We also use the PXE boot to try out things like xPud.We have another server running CentOS 8 x86_64 and this server is our virtualisation host. It has 40Gb RAM and runs 7 KVM-based virtual machine guests. These include: a Zarafa email server running on Centos 6 x86_64,  a Windows 2012 R2 Standard Server that we run MYOB AccountRight Premier on for accounts, a Sangoma VOIP FreePBX-based asterisk server (based on CentOS 7) for communications, an Ubuntu 18.04 server used for UniFi Video cameras, and a couple of others in prep for updating the mail server to CentOS 8.x (hopefully) and updating the Windows to 2019 Server. 


We have another desktop PC that runs an Ubuntu-derivative distro, based on 18.04 (LTS) - KXStudio.  It is my main work desktop. I use it for things like  for setting up websites, manipulating images with the GIMP, Inkscape, editing documents in LibreOffice, etc. There is also a 'multimedia' PC - a custom-built PC with  16Gb RAM, Intel i5-8400 @ 2.8GHz CPU. This has an NVidia GTX-1060-3G graphics card and a Samsung 970Pro 256G NVMe PCIe SSD. It runs KDE Neon.

There is also a (second-hand) Dell Latitude E6410 laptop that runs Ubuntu. It dual-boots Windows 10 for the odd times I need a vanilla Windows install.

MythTV PVR Software As an aside, we run a Fedora-based distro, initially installed as MythDora but now running 'vanilla' Fedora 27 + RPMFusion repos, that provides PVR functionailty using MythTV (v0.29) in our living room. We now keep upgrading this to the latest and greatest RPMS provided by the RPMFusion repository. We can record programs and then watch them when we like and one of the  best parts is: it skips the commercials (most of the time)! We can also view the recorded programs from any computer in the house - Mac OSX has a MythTV Frontend , as does Windows (of sorts), and there are mythtv-specific Android apps too, and, of course, Linux!

Oh, and just a reminder, all the Linux-based stuff we use above IS FREE!
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