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Date:      Wed, 27 Sep 2006 05:03:00 +0200 (CEST)
From:      "P.U.Kruppa" <>
To:        Erik Norgaard <>
Cc:        Desmond Coughlan <>, freebsd mailing list <>
Subject:   Re: calenders .. silly question !
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On Tue, 26 Sep 2006, Erik Norgaard wrote:

> Desmond Coughlan wrote:
>> The thread on calendars has got me thinking....      The 'non-profit' 
>> organisation I mentioned, is a school.       Here in France (and no doubt 
>> in dozens of other countries), many universities have constructed 'virtual 
>> campuses'.  By that, I mean that the student logs in, he has not only his 
>> grades, but his timetable (classes, seminars etc), and he can send and 
>> receive e-mail to and from his tutors.       Can this be done under FreeBSD 
>> (that was the 'silly' part of the question) ?      Any pointers to where I 
>> can start learning about that stuff?
As Eric wrote there are dozens of things you have to think about.
But since you only ask for a pointer:
If you search Google (and our ports directory) for "Content 
Management Systems (CMS)" and try to install one you will get 
some impression what can be done. 
I think ports/www/mambo (PHP based)
or ports/www/plone (Python based)
can be set up quite easily.



> Setting up the MX is the most urgent, 
>> but afterwards, we can start to have fun with SQL, forums, campuses etc?
> Honestly, I think you will have a hard time getting any useful answers: Your 
> question is vague and broad and posting under a completely different topic is 
> not helping.
> Before asking the "how" question, you gotta understand the problem you want 
> to solve - that is first, figure out what is the problem:
> - how many users?
> - how will you manage users?
> - who will manage users?
> - how will users access services?
> - from where will users access services? - routing? - firewall?
> - does the infrastructure exist to provide access to services?
>  - network? wireless? dns? etc.
> - how often will users access services?
> - how much data will be handled by the servers?
> - what hardware is required to support the expected traffic?
> ...
> and on and on.
> Once you have a clear idea of that you can start asking more concrete 
> questions:
> - which MTA?
> - how do I setup that MTA?
> - what MDA? can the MTA work as MDA?
> - how do I setup that MDA?
> etc.
> So, I recommend you rethink your problem and make it clear what you want to 
> achieve in your next post - under a suitable subject...
> Cheers, Erik
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