If Palante set up your office server, it is very likely running Debian Linux version 6. We set up Debian as the operating system for our client servers due to its stability, flexibility, and low cost of operation. Debian is open source software, and all software updates and upgrades are free to download. However, security support updates for Debian 6 will be coming to an end soon. That means that servers running Debian 6 will need to be upgraded to Debian 7 or later; otherwise they will be at risk of experiencing security holes or other bugs.
Recently at the Aspiration Tech Nonprofit Software Developer Summit, Jamila gave a short presentation based on their work with setting up Ubuntu LTSP computer labs. Our clients have found this to be a great use of old computers which are too slow or too broken to use otherwise. The computers are set up in such a way that there is one main computer running as an Ubuntu Linux server, and then several computers can be set up as terminals that connect to that server.
Palante recently launched a new Drupal website for FIERCE, a grassroots organization that builds the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City. We helped FIERCE shape a website plan based on their goals and audiences, migrated content from their old, proprietary content management system into Drupal, created a new mobile-friendly site design based on their existing organizational branding, and integrated Drupal Commerce store and CiviCRM mailing list functionality into the new site. Palante is proud to work with FIERCE as they continue their brilliant and vitally important work in NYC and nationally. The rebellion is not over!
On April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will end support for their Windows XP and Office 2003 products. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide patches for any security vulnerabilities found. It's safe to assume that many hackers will hold off on using the exploits they've found until after that date, rendering Windows XP unusable almost immediately.
For this reason, Palante Tech will no longer be able to support computers running Windows XP or Office 2003 after April 8th, 2014. We ask that our clients plan to replace, upgrade, or retire the computers you still have running Windows XP and/or Office 2003.
New sites launched for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Initiative
Palante Tech is proud to have worked with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute to launch their new websites. Both sites are tightly integrated with the CiviCRM implentation that Palante also developed for the USFWC, allowing USFWC members to access member benefits and materials online, view member-only resources in the DAWI Resource Library, and be featured along with service providers in USFWC's online directories.
Palante Tech is proud to have been part of the first Trans*H4CK Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment, held from September 13 through 15 in Oakland, CA. Teams of participants collaborated on tech projects with the goal of benefiting trans and gender non-conforming communities. Worker-owner Jack Aponte spoke on the Saturday panel on Gender and Technology. Check out the results of the hackathon at http://transhack.org/, and keep an eye out for future Trans*H4CK events!
Palante Tech has hired a new member of our cooperative, Nina Reyes. Nina comes to us via our colleagues at Rayogram, and brings many years of Drupal experience with her. We're excited to have an awesome new member to work with, and are excited about the additional capacity this provides us to serve our awesome clients!
As part of our commitment to the worker cooperative movement and open source business principles, we want to make the documentation that runs our business freely available. To that end, today we're opening the "PT Commons", a repository of internal documents that may be of interest to other cooperatives and tech providers. Find it at: https://hq.palantetech.coop.
For new and forming cooperatives, you'll find documents like our bylaws and certificate of incorporation. For folks doing similar work, you'll find technical documentation about how we do our job. Over the coming weeks, we'll be reviewing more of our internal documentation and making it available online! If there's a document you'd like to see right away, feel free to let us know.
A common need when creating Drupal content types that include geographic info: a key|value formatted list of US states and territories that can be dropped into the allowed values attribute of a field. I found this great start, a list of all the states, then added the territories and their postal codes from Wikipedia. Hope this helps someone else!