Public Software Rides Again? – Maybe

A couple of years ago, Todd and I started a little side project called the Public Software Foundation. But like lots of good intentions, it didn’t quite make it off the ground.

It’s not that we didn’t give it our all, we just couldn’t sustain an altruistic side project as the economy was beginning to tank. After all, there are little men with big appetites around here.

A few days ago I was being my normal busy body self and butted into an IRC conversation on #TeachingOpenSource and ended up blabbering about PSF even though the site had been down for who knows how long.

Well it’s back up now due to that initial conversation and I’m wondering what you think about a project like the Public Software Foundation?

I’d appreciate it if you’d take a look around and give me your feedback.

~Karlie

4 Comments:

  1. You already know I love the idea – the thing I think it needs to take off is a champion from within the library (or some other public space) sector where you're trying to bring this idea. Take it to local librarians, to the ALA, etc. and try to get them to own the idea, to step up and drive it, because once that happens, this will take off like a rocket.

  2. we did a workshop few days back – see http://www.Public-Software.in

  3. The workshop discussed public software for Indian Public Sector
    We plan to work on this idea to make public software the default for the Indian public systems
    Gurumurthy K
    Director, IT for Change
    Guru@ITforChange.net

  4. Our goals weren't as lofty as yours, Guru. Ours is more of a digital divide sort of thing. I think about the number of computers that are thrown out every day. The problem is that even machines that are a bit past their prime are still usable and can be given new life with just a little bit of software help.

    So how do we as a community help get working technology into the hands of those who need it? One way is through the library since our licenses and their distribution methods mesh nicely. I also have a bit more on the digital divide issues in a previous post –
    NYSCATE 2009 – Bringing Open Source to Education

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