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General concepts

code repository

A data structure that stores a set of files and directories, plus their change history.

privileged applications

Lino applications that have the “privilege” of having their developer documentation in the Lino Book. This is because explaining a framework is difficult without examples, and because applications that are actually being used are more interesting than a theoretic collection of demo projects.

stand-alone applications

Lino applications that have their own developer documentation, demo projects and technical specs.

Lino community

The natural and legal persons who use the Lino framework and want to collaborate with other members.

Lino consultant

Knows the possibilities and limitations of the Lino framework and gives neutral advice about whether or not to choose Lino as a solution. Helps you with analyzing and formulating your needs and finding the right business partners who will implement a solution.

service provider

A legal or natural person who sells services to a customer.


The work of keeping a given system running.

demo site

A Lino site that contains fictive data used for demonstration or testing purposes.

production site

A Lino site that contains sensitive data owned by its site operator.

Lino server

A virtual or physical computer operated in order to run one or several Lino sites.

A Lino server can be operated by a site operator (self-hosting) or by a server provider who specializes in this job for their customers.


When a site operator runs their own Lino server.

This makes sense for site operators who have their own server infrastructure.

production server

A Lino server used to host one or several production sites.

demo server

A Lino server designed to host one or several of demo sites.

preview site

A copy of the production site as it would look when using some newer version of the software.

It is made available to end users so they can preview and test an upcoming version before a site upgrade. The primary goal of a preview site is to help the site operator to test new features and to reduce stress caused by unexpected results after an upgrade.

client device

Any device used by an end user to access a Lino site.

This can be a desktop or notebook computer, or a mobile device.