[UFO Chicago] Looking for a simple document management system

Brian Sobolak brian at planetshwoop.com
Fri Sep 14 19:31:42 PDT 2012

On Wed, September 12, 2012 10:39 pm, Christopher D. Heer wrote:
> Hey folks.
> I'm looking for a simple document management system (open source) to run
> on a Debian/Ubuntu box for my son's small office:
> * Browser-based on the client side
> * Allows adding/listing/browsing/searching for files
> * Allows categorization along various lines (clients, file types, etc.)
> * Allows fine-grain access controls (by user or group -- no access, read
> access, write access, etc.)
> * Logs all file accesses
> Ideally it would also have some kind of check-in/check-out system and
> revision tracking, but that's not as critical.  So far everything I've
> looked at is either massively complicated (e.g. Nuxeo) or are too simple
> (OpenDocMan).

I'd bet some of the blogging software tools could do this, esp. if you add
1-2 modules on.  (They call themselves CMS.)  I'd suggest Drupal as it is
quite mature and has some of the things you mention.  It would allow you
to share documents via upload, tag them to meet your various
categorizations, and with a module, mix in ACLs.

Also, you might look at some of the project management tools.  Most have
document modules that allow at least some of the features you mention.

Document management systems are usually built around super complex use
cases and don't work as well for the simple stuff, imho.



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