FreedomBox, YunoHost, and Plex: 3 Excellent Platforms to Explore

FreedomBox, YunoHost, and Plex: 3 Excellent Platforms to Explore

FreedomBox, YunoHost, and Plex: 3 Excellent Platforms to Explore

During these times of COVID-19 pandemic and Social isolation (Quarantine), lovers of Technology, Information Technology and Computing, choose to dedicate their time to research, read, learn about, test different applications or learning platforms, entertainment or various services, in order to maximize or improve the productivity or relaxation during these leisure times.

Therefore, in this publication we will make known 3 interesting platforms with similar scopes and objectivescalls FreedomBox, YunoHost and Plex; that will surely be useful and practical to many during the times to come in the midst of this possible, long global situation.

It is noteworthy that today more than ever, the use of the digital platforms, that is, of those online solutions (online) that allow the execution of one or more tasks (services, applications, programs) different in the same place over the internet To meet different needs, they are vitally important in keeping people productive, busy, or entertained in their homes.

And each one usually has or offers features, functions or benefits different, that help their users or members, to solve different types of problems or needs, in an automated way and using the least possible resources.

However, some of these platforms or solutions, for being free and / open, can be mounted on homes or personal sites of its users, to be shared with others in communityAs an free or commercial service. The 3 that we will explore below are more focused on this style.

3 excellent platforms to explore today

FreedomBox

According to FreedomBox official site, it is described as:

"A private server for non-experts that allows you to install and configure server applications with just a few clicks. It works with much of your existing or chosen cheap hardware, an internet connection, and common power consumption, and is under your control. FreedomBox is Free and Open Source Software and an official part of Debian, a well-established GNU / Linux distribution. The project is supported by the non-profit FreedomBox Foundation".

FreedomBox

Its developers promise to be:

"Building a software for smart devices whose engineering purpose is to work together to facilitate free communication between people, in a safe and secure way, beyond the ambition of the strongest power to penetrate them. FreedomBox is building a movement to decentralize the web. Our users are the pioneers of this movement. We are part of the great Free Software community and we welcome everyone".

So in short, FreedomBox should be considered:

"A global project to empower ordinary people to assert control over the Internet infrastructure. A solution that allows its users to avoid data mining, censorship and surveillance through the centralized silos that characterize the web today. A Platform built through web servers, which are personal, affordable and manageable, so that a user can host the necessary web services at home on a device of their property, powered by free software that they can trust.".

Yunohost

According to YunoHost official site, it is briefly described as:

"A server operating system that aims to make self-hosting accessible to everyone".

Although, according to its developers, in more detail they explain what it is:

"An operating system that aims at the simplest administration of a server, and therefore democratize self-hosting, while ensuring that it remains reliable, secure, ethical and lightweight. It is a copyleft free software project maintained exclusively by volunteers. Technically, it can be seen as a Debian GNU / Linux-based distribution and can be installed on many types of hardware.".

YunoHost: Server Operating System for self-hosting.

About Us Yunohost, it is important to note that it is considered as:

"A software that is too young, which is not tested on a large scale and therefore probably not optimized enough for hundreds of users at the same time".

Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server, as the name implies, is a definitive solution of Multimedia Server to view or stream (share) any multimedia content between different types of devices. Therefore, it is an application with which we can turn any computer into a Multimedia Center (Media Center) through digital content that we insert into it to be managed.

Plex Media Server: A Home Media Server

Plex Media Server manages said multimedia files by detecting and organizing them under different parameters, such as sections or categories, to improve their access and consumption. Reason why, it is seen by many, as an application capable of emulating the creation of a Netflix home or personal, which will have a personalized multimedia content catalog.

Finally, it is worth noting that Plex Media Server it is compatible with the most common and used video and audio formats. In addition, to allow to organize our content by file types (videos, photos and music), Y de encrypt external connections, in case of use or remote access, among many other facilities and built-in functions. And it has an online service, which can be accessed for free and paid, through the following link.

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Conclusion

We hope this "useful little post" about these 3 excellent web services platforms, «FreedomBox, YunoHost y Plex» during these times of «Pandemia por el COVID-19» y,  «Aislamiento social (Cuarentena)»; be a lot interest and utility, For the whole «Comunidad de Software Libre y Código Abierto» and of great contribution to the diffusion of the wonderful, gigantic and growing ecosystem of applications of «GNU/Linux».

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  1.   Nicolas Solano Conde said

    An article that only presents the advantages is incomplete. It was necessary to indicate the limitations and the possible ways to turn them around, or the disadvantages or compare them with something like the world of paid software….

  2.   Linux PostInstall said

    Greetings, Nicolás! Thanks for your comment. Surely soon, we will discuss each one separately, to go into more positive and negative details, and give comparisons. For now, it was just to spread them so that more people knew about them.

  3.   alexander said

    yuikkii

  4.   Marti said

    A very interesting article, but we need to go deeper… I would focus on servers that are easy to use in a few mouse clicks like Syncloud or Freedombox or others…. and instead of Plex talk about Jellyfin for being open source ... Greetings

    1.    Linux PostInstall said

      Greetings, Martí! Thanks for your comment. Posts later, we talked about Jellyfin, as you can see in this next post: https://blog.desdelinux.net/jellyfin-que-es-sistema-instalacion-usando-docker/