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Cyberwar never ceases

A great deal of our work as Linux system administrators is related to security. Each server we maintain is bombarded on daily basis in a never ending cyberwar. Some of our customers (e.g. the website of the former Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs, government websites, high profile political organisations and media sites) are obvious targets but […]

WordCamp Finland 2015 brings WordPress enthusiasts together

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 75 million sites on the web. In May of 2015, WordCamp will finally have its debut in Finland. The event is set to take place at the home base of Seravo in Tampere. WordCamps come in all different flavours, based on the […]

10 reasons to migrate to MariaDB (if still using MySQL)

The original MySQL was created by a Finnish/Swedish company, MySQL AB, founded by David Axmark, Allan Larsson and Michael “Monty” Widenius. The first version of MySQL appeared in 1995. It was initially created for personal usage but in a few years evolved into a enterprise grade database and it became the worlds most popular open […]

Password hygiene – every man’s responsibility

Everybody knows what hand hygiene is: hands are disinfected every time we enter a hospital. In the same way as germ-free hands stops diseases from spreading, password hygiene helps to prevent the misuse of credentials. Password hygiene may feel useless when the effect is not immediately visible, but it is never the less very important […]

Host your private cloud easily using ownCloud

Would you like to have the easy of use of cloud storage and file syncing but without the trust issues or costs that come with using public cloud services? Do you like Dropbox but hesitate to use it? What you might be looking for is OwnCloud, the open source software you can run to host […]

CiviCRM – Open Constituent Management for Organisations

For our civic clients, the CRM of choice is CiviCRM – a free constituent management system specifically designed with organisations in mind. CiviCRM in a nutshell CiviCRM is essentially a lightweight relations management system, designed to easily integrate with organisations’ existing platforms, such as Drupal, WordPress or Joomla. Vanilla CiviCRM offers the following list of features out-of-the-box: Contact […]

The best replacement for Windows XP: Linux with LXDE

As of today, Microsoft has officially ended the support for Windows XP and it will no longer receive any security updates. Even with the updates, XP has never been a secure platform and by now users should really stop using it. But what should people install instead? Our recommendation is Lubuntu. Windows XP has finally […]

Jolla and Sailfish Hack Day 2014-03-29

Due to popular demand we are organizing a second event! Would you like to learn how to write a Sailfish OS app and get it into the Jolla store? Or are you already working on a Sailfish app but need help with it? Join us on Jolla and Sailfish Hack Day to code and learn […]

Top 8 features and priorities for company websites in 2014

What makes a good website in 2014? Here are the top 8 most important priorities a business website must have to be successful and competitive today. 1. Responsive design The share of mobile devices is growing all the time so websites are required to work on devices of all sizes. Responsive design means that the […]

Jolla and Sailfish Hack Day 2014-02-22

Would you like to learn how to write a Sailfish OS app and get it into the Jolla store? Or are you already working on a Sailfish app but need help with it? Join the Jolla and Sailfish Hack Day to code and learn from other SailfishOS and QML enthusiasts. And if you already have […]

Seravo salad spring 2014 schedule

Seravo salad is a monthly event where we discuss relevant subjects related to open source and the Internet, while the attendees enjoy a healthy salad lunch. The event is organized in cooperation with Hub Tampere. This tradition started during the autum of 2013 and the presentations so far have been about our customer cases, social […]

Easy HTML5 quality assurance tools

There are plenty of free tools available for HTML5 quality validation and testing that can and should be used by anybody who produces or buys software products. Unlike traditional native binary-only apps, with HTML5 apps the user has the ability to access the source code due the technical structure of how HTML5 apps are composed. […]

FANC: Ecological and economical IT

IT isn’t typically considered to be very environmentally friendly or cheap but The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation’s (FANC’s) strategy to use open source software has helped them achieve both. The issue of environmentally friendly IT is actively discussed at the The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliitto). There are a number of web […]

SUSE event in Tampere 2013-11-20

What do you need for a secure and well managed Linux environment? SUSE and Seravo presents SUSE Finland and Seravo Oy will have a joint SUSE event in Tampere on Wednesday 2013-11-20 starting at 13:00. The event is in Finnish and more details can be found in the calendar, which is the primary listing […]

Past, present and future of VALO-CD

The VALO-CD is a project with the mission of making it as easy as possible for any average home of office user to start using Free and Open Source Software. Traditionally open source software has been a thing only known by computer enthusiasts while the average Joe has only known about (closed source) software from big […]

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JavaScript, the winning style

Update July 15th 2013: Due to commenters demand, we have re-published this research as a Git repository anybody can contribute to: This article has become our most popular article with over 10 000 unique readers, so this issue is clearly something the JavaScript community should get done. Update August 16th 2013: A translation in […]

6 reasons to learn JavaScript

Presentation held at Happy Hacking Day 2013 at Haaga-Helia in Helsinki, Finland. In a nutshell, the six reasons to learn JavaScript are that it is: easy: JS is a high-level language where things like type setting and compiling is done automatically, so it suits even people with no previous programming experience. versatile: JS is multi-paradigm […]

Seven reasons why tablets are the future

1. Touch is intuitive It’s easy to learn to use a mouse. But touching you don’t need to learn at all. It is so intuitive that even an 1-year old child can interact with touch devices in meaningful ways. And if an 1-year old can use touch devices, so can you mother and grandmother too. […]

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Localization, internationalization and the Finnish language

Open source might make you think about geeks who mostly talk to computers with programming languages. Actually human language skills are just as important. Translators are needed in every international open source project. Localization becomes a necessary task in almost every open source project in Finland. We have been translating software interfaces into Finnish in […]

Free manuals for open source software

FLOSS Manuals is here to help people use the open source software programs. There is a clear lack of useful end user manuals for open source software. Open source software has to be combined with open source manuals created in the same spirit of collaboration. And the content should not be locked down but forever […]

The WOW effect

The mobile devices scene is very interesting to follow at the moment. All competitors have a huge urge to overtake the market, since we know that in a few years billions of people on this planet will buy a mobile device, and whoever gets the biggest market share now, is likely to make huge profits […]

Nordic Free Software Award 2012 to Seravo staff

Seravo staff member Otto Kekäläinen was given the Nordic Free Software Award 2012 at FSCONS held in Göteborg on the 9th to 11th of November. The award was shared by two people. The other recipient was Ole Tange, who is the director of IT-Politisk Forening, a non-governmental organisation that has succeeded in bringing Free Software to the public sector in […]

SUSE Roadshow 2012, November 1st at Tampere

The SUSE Roadshow will visit six locations in Finland. Seravo Oy will be co-hosting the event at Tampere, where it will be held at Bravo Plaza, which is located just next to our office at the Finlayson area. Lately SUSE has released several new products (all of course based on open source software) and there will […]

The Library Directory

The Library Directory ( is to our knowledge the first completely open public sector IT project in Finland. Not only is the whole source code is available at GitHub, but also the revision history has been public since day one and the project is open for collaboration. Anybody who finds a flaw can file a bug. Heck, […]

Maintenance relation in Finland – an open data visualization

To honor the OKFestival currently held in Helsinki, Finland, we’ll publish this week a few articles on open data work we’ve done. You might also bump into some of us at the festival! During the fifth HS Open event Seravo participated in creating an open data visualization (in Finnish) on the maintenance relation in Finland, meaning […]

The populist party – an open data visualization

To honor the OKFestival currently held in Helsinki, Finland, we’ll publish this week a few articles on open data work we’ve done. You might also bump into some of us at the festival! By using selection path analysis, we demonstrate that it is possible to create a political campaign with maximum voter popularity. Media corporations […]

Avoid failure of e-service development by using open source

In May 2012 I (Otto Kekäläinen) attended an internal event by the Ministry of Employment and Economy that was intended for officials working within the branch. There where two outsider speakers, and the second was Pasi Mäkinen of Microsoft Finland. Avoimen lähdekoodin ratkaisut palvelujen kehittämisessä (2012-05-29) from Otto Kekäläinen In my presentation (in Finnish, available […]

The making of VALO-CD

The VALO-CD project was started in 2008 as a marketing campaign for open source software (also known as Free Software). The highest priority was to make everything as easy as possible. All the user needs to do, is to pop the CD in their computer, and a program will start automatically, where the user can […]

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The HTML5 Manifest

We want HTML5 and other open standards by the WWW Consortium to become the universal computer interface platform on any decive, anywhere and for anyone. HTML5 has clear advantages that beats any other options in so many ways: Free and open based on standards anybody can read and use without restrictions standards are drafted in […]

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