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kev717 10-30-2011 04:11 PM

Need help setting up repository-like server with user-friendly interface.
I am presently in an engineering program and am currently starting on a large culminating project for one of my courses.
This project requires that everybody in the group works from the same piece of documentation and any updates have to be circulated to the rest of the group. I've decided that setting up a repository for this project would be the best idea so that everybody can work from the same source rather than spamming each other's inboxes, however I am not sure what to install to set this up. Most of my other group members are on Windows (and one of them might be on a mac) so I am thinking that a web interface would be the best solution for this.

So, is there any Linux server software that I can just install that requires a minimal amount of configuration and can set up multiple user accounts for people to sign into?

I know that this type of software exists, I am just hoping for something easy to configure and that the average user can log into.

NOTE: the files that will be stored on this server are mostly PDFs, text document and presentation files as well as images.

Thanks in advance for any help,

TobiSGD 10-30-2011 04:14 PM

If you don't need different users a simple rsync-server would do the job, otherwise Samba should be an option.

pkjohnston 10-30-2011 05:45 PM

Sounds more like CMS system required
A Content Management System (CMS) helps to better do the task, especially with the requirement of several user contributors, synchronized access to common, updatable documents.

Check out simple solutions such as MAMBO or even better yet get a turnkey appliance that has everything already installed and ready to go such with Joomla. I can't insert links right now, so a simple web search should provide their sources for you.

Welcome to the Machine.

kev717 10-30-2011 06:10 PM

Thanks for the ideas - Will probably try joomla when I get the time (however I'm not sure I can get Microsoft IIS to work on my system which is a technical requirement according to the website:
Most likely will go with the Mambo server.


pkjohnston 10-30-2011 07:00 PM

No need for IIS
XAMPP will more than do the job to give you all the infrastructure bits (it provides Apache instead of IIS). With lots of support too.
That's if you must use Windows. If you can use Linux platform you can have a lot of the work already built for you.

Or look into a pre-made virtual machine (VM) appliance, such as turnkey linux JOOMLA, that you can run under the freely available ESXi or VMware Player. Check out all the prebuilt VMs at

ramram29 10-30-2011 07:24 PM

I know a programming groups that installed mediawiki for a situation very similar to yours, and they love it.

kev717 10-30-2011 08:34 PM

Thanks for the ideas - will try mediawiki and see how it works...
XAMPP seems a little over my head at this point - I really just need a simple way to share files. Installing a VM would definitely not work since I'm running a 10-year old computer.


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