About this project
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Tons of people have told us that they'd love to be able to use Kalabox on Windows. We've re-calibrated our campaign so we can be able to create a free version for Windows, potentially more than doubling the number of people who would have access to it. Donate now to make it happen!
Developers lose time performing repetitive tasks like setting up local dev environments, constructing vhosts, and configuring advanced functionality like Solr or redis. People collaborating on the same project do things differently and have different access to disparate tools. We waste cycles supporting these environments and getting team members up to speed. We need to get working easily, within a standardized environment, with best-practices and integrated tools. We need simplicity.
Kalabox brings together everything you need to code, test, and go live, with ease. It moves beyond the "local development environment" to provide a complete desktop-to-live workflow loop.
Kalabox ships with a one-click installer which sets up a fully configured dev stack within a virtual machine. It’s the only stack that ships with NGINX and Apache Solr by default, and is performance-tuned for Drupal -- making developing on a local rig blazing fast and more efficient than ever.
It’s loaded with an impressive array of goodies, ssh, git, apc, drush, PHPMyAdmin, samba, webgrind, xdebug and loads more giving you instant access to the basics (ssh, git, phpMyAdmin,) and advanced tools like caching, debugging and profiling tools, right out of the box. It exposes the Kalabox webroot to your file-system so you can load your code in your favorite code-editor or IDE, rather than from within the virtual machine.
Kalabox provides a Node.js frontend so you can quickly spin up new Drupal sites, access utilities and tweak your environment without earning devOps ninja-pants.
It also integrates with Pantheon, allowing you to build your Pantheon sites locally, refresh your data, files and code -- all with a single click.
It works, it’s totally rad… and we want to make it better. With your help.
Kalabox 2.0 Changes by Donation Level
Our free, open source Kalabox 2.0 will be a boon to developers, designers, and technical project managers of all skill levels. The funding we’re requesting will help us keep the lights on as we revamp Kalabox to perform faster and become open source. But if your donations exceed our basic goal, we will be able to massively improve Kalabox, making it easier to use and more accessible to more people. Below is a summary of what higher funding levels will enable us to do.
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$30,000: Creating a Windows Version
Tons of people have told us that they'd love to be able to use Kalabox on Windows. We've re-calibrated our campaign so we can be able to create a free version for Windows, potentially more than doubling the number of people who would have access to it.
$23,000: Making Kalabox Open Source, Implementing Docker + API (as command line utilities) GOAL MET.
Open Source. This amount will enable us to help the Drupal community converge on a common, community supported local development solution for Drupal that can sustain itself.
Kalamuna is a small bunch of activists, artists, mathematicians, punsters and history buffs who were more likely to major in the humanities than in computer stuff. We’re voracious learners who take things apart, play with them, and see what we can make. And these are the reasons we’re great at making the Internet.
While we’ve got serious tech chops, our critical inclinations make us less concerned with technology for its own sake, and more more concerned with how we can strategically place it in the service of social change.
Risks and challenges
We're confident we can create a Kalabox 2.0 that meets our users' needs. In order to reach our goals, we'll encounter some hurdles. These include:
1. Providing stability on Windows, Mac and Linux
2. Bringing the veneer of simplicity to a complicated set of moving parts.
3. Integrating emergent technologies with their own set problems
4. Building an active community for support and growth in the future
One of the key reasons this project will succeed is that a lot of the discovery work has already been done. Kalamuna and a lot of other people have been using the prototype internally for over 6 months which means we've already got a great handle on the big pain points and more importantly architected solutions to alleviate them.
Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary people which is why we've built a team that consists of leaders in the Drupal, PHP, DevOPs and NodeJS spheres. We've all "been there, done that" and relish the opportunity to tame a beast of this size and scope.
The final key factor is community support. Kalamuna has traveled extensively over the past year talking about Kalabox and the promise it carries to alleviate pain in developers day-to-day operations. The people have positively responded. The desire to be freed from the shackles of MAMP and other development solutions resonates deeply in the community and that passion will allow Kalabox to stay supported and maintained for the long haul.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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