The Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is the leading Linux solution for small and medium-sized businesses. Now you can run a BlueSpice wiki with the UCS.
The two companies Univention and Hallo Welt! have been in touch for several years already. Now it worked: The Linux specialists from Bremen and the MediaWiki people from Regensburg have launched a promising cooperation project and are combining their products. Beneficiaries are the users of the Univention Corporate Server (UCS), who have now with BlueSpice MediaWiki another application that can be easily implemented in the previous server environment.
Central Authentication: Plug&Play
In general, the Univention Corporate Server has made a name for itself over the years as a Linux-based all-round carefree server for small businesses. The “Univention Corporate Server is a highly recommended distribution for small companies, with three unique selling points that set UCS apart from many other enterprise distributions,” says Thomas Drilling in the IT administrator‘s March 2017 report:
Unique features include integrated identity management based on LDAP (UCS) and Active Directory as well as storage and administration of the entire configuration in LDAP, fully web-based administration and the App Center. In contrast to many other solutions of this kind, UCS thus largely lives up to its promise of being suitable for companies with little experience in Linux.
With UCS one can economically replace Windows servers as domain controllers with Linux. And above all, the UCS works flawlessly in contrast to comparable products from major suppliers.
Numerous applications in the App Center
Via the App Center, UCS extends its portfolio with numerous open source applications (see the current App Catalog). With just a few clicks you can install and maintain an Agorum document management system, a VoIP telephony system from Pascom or a ticket system (KIX or Zammad).
BlueSpice MediaWiki is now part of the Univention universe and complements the UCS with a comprehensive enterprise wiki solution. Two editions are supplied:
- For simple purposes, the BlueSpice free edition offers everything you would expect from an enterprise wiki.
- For further applications such as quality management or product documentation, the existing system can be upgraded to the Pro version via the App Store. Functions such as the book function, workflow and QM tools or the famous semantic functions of MediaWiki for forms and metadata are then available.
Independence: The UCS Appliance
With the Univention App Center it is also possible for the first time to use BlueSpice as an appliance. Users download BlueSpice together with the UCS server and start it easily in a virtual machine (VMware, VirtualBox and KVM).
“Of course, we benefit greatly from the cooperation with Univention,”says Markus Glaser, Head of Development at BlueSpice. He considers the combination possibilities with other applications to be particularly forward-looking. With just a few clicks there is an Etherpad or a Nextcloud suite. Univention is making a major contribution to bringing various open source vendors together in a practical way.”