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Re: [ba-unrev-talk] Interpersonal Information Manager

Looks like great stuff, Jack.    (01)

Personally I am captivated bt the line, "target the specific 
requirements of individuals, groups, small-to-medium."    (02)

Much of this does not require any coding at all; just some decent 
organization and communication. Such as making the softwares in a Red 
Hat distribution interoperable (e.g. permitting to copy/paste  among 
them without potential users spending a month reading manuals). That 
would be a huge boon for Linux on the desktop.    (03)

Henry    (04)

Jack Park wrote:    (05)

> Mitch Kapor is at it again!
> Read about it at 
> http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/business/columnists/dan_gillmor/ejournal/ 
> Dan Gillmor's blog.
> The project is found at http://www.osafoundation.org/, the Open Source 
> Application Foundation, funded by Kapor.  There is a lot of reason to 
> suspect that this project might lay some groundwork for an OHS, given 
> what follows, lifted from 
> http://www.osafoundation.org/mission_statement.htm
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> Envision the dream
>     * carry forward the vision of Vannevar Bush, Doug Engelbart, and 
> Ted Nelson of the computer as a medium for communication, 
> collaboration, and coordination
>     * design a new application to manage email, appointments, 
> contacts, and tasks
>     * share information easily with people at work, friends, and family
>     * serve a broad base of users, from casual to technologically 
> advanced
>     * don't require a dedicated server or complex administration
>     * offer choice of platforms and full interoperability amongst 
> Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions
>     * leverage our resources by using an Open Source model of development
>     * pay fanatical attention to the quality of the user experience
> Build the product
>     * we have sufficient funding for the first release
>     * we have assembled a world-class team of developers who are 
> passionate about applications
>     * we are talking to users to understand their needs
>     * we are employing a modern architecture: XML, P2P networking, 
> semantic database, cross-platform tool kit
>     * we are building on Open Source components: Python, Jabber, 
> wxWindows/wxPython, ZODB
> Gain adoption in the market
>     * target the specific requirements of individuals, groups, 
> small-to-medium enterprises, and members of multiple groups
>     * provide simple migration paths from existing products for 
> individuals and organizations
>     * support access via the Web, PDA's and other portable devices, in 
> addition to PC's
>     * implement "killer features" and order of magnitude improvements 
> in key capabilities
>     * make source and object code publicly available at no charge
> Sustain the project
>     * work with the Open Source community to extend and evolve the 
> code base
>     * encourage firms to offer complementary fee-based services, 
> support, customization and consulting
>     * license completely free for developers who redistribute their 
> source code
>     * fee-based license for proprietary developers who do not 
> redistribute source code, the fees fund our core development
>     * maintain our non-profit status to ensure all work contributed by 
> the community benefits the community
> Think long-term
>     * evolve the code base into an open, robust platform for 
> high-quality, intelligent, distributed, cross-platform applications
> * tackle other productivity applications beginning with database 
> management and word processing
> XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web.
> Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-74960-2.
> http://www.nexist.org/wiki/User0Blog
>    (06)