Tuesday, April 5, 2011


   Bitnami. Have you heard of Bitnami? You may be asking what is that? Well let me just say that Bitnami makes some of the best software installer’s out there. I know because I use Bitnami. You won’t have me endorsing software on here that I don’t know nothing about or that I don’t use. Bitnami is an open source project that produces open source installer’s or software packages for web applications and solution stacks as well as Virtual appliances that can be used in conjunction with virtual software such as Vmware.

        Bitnami is sponsored by Bitrock a company founded in 2003 in Spain by Daniel Lopez Ridruejo. Bitnami stacks can be installed on Windows, Linux, Mac OSX,  and Solaris. They have built stacks for popular applications such as Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla!, and MediaWiki. I don’t know about you, but have you ever wanted to try Wordpress? The Windows installer for Wordpress can be very difficult if you are just an average computer user. With the Bitnami installer though, anyone can install Wordpress and have it up and running in no time.

        In addition to the application itself, the stack comes with all of the other required software to run the application. For example like I mentioned about Wordpress, in order for that to be properly configured, you need MySQL database, Apache Web Server, and phpMyAdmin to properly configure the installer. With the Bitnami Stack though you simply download the file and install it like any other normal application, and their installer does the work for you. It’s as simple as that.         

        Using automated cloud computing management, Bitnami offers users automated application deployments of open source server apps from Amazon EC2 servers. Since 2009 they have also made available pre configured virtual appliances as well. Since February 2010 they have offered Bitnami Cloud Hosting, a service that allows deploying Bitnami stacks on the Amazon EC2 cloud, with automatic monitoring and backups. If you are interested head on over to their website and give their installers a try. They can be found here: www.bitnami.org/  They offer more than just the Wordpress stack. There is also the following software attacks pre configured for your enjoyment:
     Apache Roller  Coppermine Photo Gallery DokuWiki  Drupal  Enano CMS  eZ Publish  JasperServer  Joomla  KnowledgeTree
         Liferay  Mantis Bug Tracker  MediaWiki  Moodle  Opina  phpBB
    Redmine  RubyStack  Subversion  SugarCRM  Trac  Tracks  WordPress

Head on over there and give them a try. I would love to hear of any comments or feedback that you may have. Once again and as always, get
out there and enjoy your day.





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