[kwlug-disc] OSS opportunity to go mainstream, big time
kb at 2bits.com
Thu Sep 16 14:04:42 EDT 2010
On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 10:21 AM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
> Basically it's an opensource alternative to facebook. I read a bit about
> it a while ago and I'm very excited about it - I think it has huge
> potential. And I don't even facebook.
> (i.e. instead of one site, maybe we can run individual facebook type apps
> on our own servers. My community can then interface with your community,
Diaspora is not the only game in town. It got a lot of media exposure for
some reason and was funded by public donations before they started.
Before it existed, there was Apple Seed
http://opensource.appleseedproject.org/ which had code and worked for
sometime. But it did not have the buzz around it.
But what is important is not a package that you download, what is important
is the protocol to connect these sites into a federated network of
The Salmon Protocol is the promising one http://www.salmon-protocol.org/
Still, the main challenge is getting all your friends to quit Facebook and
go to one of the federated nodes where privacy is better.
Not easy, since it is a social problem not a technical one.
That is, unless Facebook themselves open up using Salmon or equivalent. I
don't see them doing that though for obvious reasons.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. -- Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -- Leonardo da Vinci
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