Toolkits for NGO

I do highly appreciate people who do or create something and give their work back to communities. No matter how small the contribution someone gives, but I am sure it will anyhow have a great impact to someone else’s life. I believe that sharing is the best way to keep knowledge on the flow. That is also my main point why I keep this blog online, by the way. I hope you can take some useful things over here and by sharing we can learn together.

NGO-in-a-BoxBack to the topic, most of us know what NGOs are. We are also aware that most NGOs operate in the non-profit sectors. Their activities range from providing services and support in basic needs such as education and health, building communities in rural area, to advocacy on various subjects. People do this because they want to see improvement in lives. Sure, whatever NGOs do must conforms the policies and rules set by the government. To finance their activities many NGOs rely on donations, gifts and grants. Usually they must do a lot of things with limited budget and low resources.

And then, what do you want to say actually with this entry, brother? That question might arise in your head, right? No problem, just shoot me. Nowadays, NGOs need IT extensively to support their activities. Nobody involved in NGO can deny that. But the main obstacles occur when they have to find the right IT tools and materials such as a set of softwares with low resources. Many NGOs just can not afford to pay the proprietary softwares, resulting the use of pirate softwares. What a shame. On the other side, when they decide to deploy FOSS, they have little knowledge or it is hard to find and pick the alternatives for the proprietary softwares they usually use. Problematic, right? Therefore, we need to find the right solutions for this issue.

Fortunately, our friends at Tactical Tech provides the toolkits for NGOs. They manage some selected FOSS to several collections and specific uses, namely:

I, personally, already know the existence of these sets a year ago when I participated in the Asia Source II Camp. I often use the NGO-in-a-Box sets to help some friends with their work. And, they are satisfied and continue to use the softwares until now. In some occasions, when I have to demonstrate what you can do or achieve with FOSS, the sets are very handy and helpful. So, I really recommend these toolkits to everyone. You do not have to be a NGO person to be able to fully use it. Ordinary persons like me and you, can! I hope Tactical Tech will continuously support these sets and come with other useful things in the near future. Salute for you, guys!

Try it now, folks.

* Image is taken from here.

Drupal wins

After being the second place for two consecutive years, 2006 and 2007, for the Best PHP based Open Source CMS, finally Drupal gains its superioty over Joomla! this year. Drupal has been awarded by Packt Publishing as the best PHP based Open Source CMS in 2008. Congratulations to all Drupal developers and users around the world. Furthermore, we are now still waiting for the result of the best overall 2008 Open Source CMS. I hope whoever is going to win this year, nobody loses. Everybody wins. Open Source CMS just rocks!

Update @ Nov 3:

Drupal has won the 2008 Overall Best Open Source CMS Award. Congratulations.

Interesting Links

I browsed around and found some interesting Linux (mostly Debian/Ubuntu) utilities on and They might be worth to try though even for advanced users.


I would like to share a nice information about CHITS from a good AS2 friend, Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo.

He said, “CHITS stands for the Community Health Information Tracking System. It was designed for the Philippines but it is internationalized. It can be used in Puskesmas (Community Health Centers) in Indonesia but will require localization.”

Is somebody interested to help CHITS with the Indonesian localization? I think this application would be a great resource and has huge potential for our national health system. It is just like what Sahana has contributed to us during natural disasters (tsunami, earth quakes, floods, etc) in our country last years.

Interesting Links

In last few days I found various interesting links on the Net that are worth visiting.


LEMP = Linux EngineX MySQL PHP πŸ˜€

Ya, itu mungkin sebuah singkatan yang jarang kita dengar, walau sebenarnya tidaklah terlalu asing di telinga. Tentunya selama ini kita selalu mendengar atau membaca tentang LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP). Yang membedakannya adalah fungsi server web Apache di LAMP kita ganti dengan EngineX atau Nginx di LEMP.

Saya tidak tahu apakah sebagian besar pengguna Internet di Indonesia sudah mengetahui keberadaan Nginx sebelumnya. Bagi anda yang kebetulan belum tahu apa itu Nginx, mungkin sejumlah situs di bawah ini dapat membantu menambah wawasan anda.

Continue reading “LEMP”

Interesting Linux Distro

Just a quick note today. I found two interesting Linux distributions that might trigger your interest to try or to explore more.

  • SliTaz – a very small LiveCD distribution, which is less than 30 MB in size. It boots very fast and contains many daily applications. You can also install it on HD or run it on USB key.
  • Slack Mini Server Project – another competitor of SLAMPP. πŸ™‚ It’s fully loaded with many powerful and useful applications to run your own server on the fly.

Added @ 13:17:

Another nice resource for Ubuntu users, especially for the beginners, can be found here. Happy reading!

Create a Plug ‘n’ Play Zone with Ubuntu

I just read the 14th issue of Full Circle Magazine and found an interesting article on page 8 until 11 that might be interesting for you to explore more. It shows you how to create a zone where every laptop or PC in that zone can install and run Ubuntu. What you need to do is just to bring your laptop to that zone, plug it to the zone network and let the ‘magic’ does its job. After waiting for a while,Β  you are ready to rock and roll with Ubuntu installed on your laptop. IMHO, the method shown in that article adapts more or less the LTSP concept with a brilliant modification. Two thumbs up for the author. πŸ™‚

Happy reading!

Linux Internet Kiosk

Continuing my effort to gather some documentation how to do things, below you will find several documentation I found on the Internet how to build or set up a Linux Internet/Web Kiosk.

Or, if you don’t have enough time to do it by yourself, you can rely on the following Linux distributions:

Linux Live USB

I gathered some links that might be useful for you regarding the making of various Linux Live USB.

Furthermore, provides more information and tutorials for this Linux Live USB. So, it is very recommended to visit that website.