Open Source Evolves

Welcome to the Free Open-Source Software Resource @!

The network is an ever-evolving resource dedicated to Open-Source Software (OSS), the people who write it, and the people who benefit from its use. Aside from being the most comprehensive directory of free, open-source software on the net, some of the goals of zentu*nix @ are:

    -- To bring about an increased awareness of the varieties of OSS which are available as free alternatives to proprietary software.
    -- To provide a comprehensive reference source of working open-source projects, and to organize those projects by form and by function.
    -- To assist and educate old and new users of open-source software by sharing the wealth and resources of tips, tricks, links and tutorials about OSS.
    -- To highlight the numerous benefits (from cost-savings to security) of using OSS over pay-per-license proprietary software.
    -- To support open-source developers by providing a neutral place within the community to showcase projects of any scale: from large, well-funded ventures to the small independent projects.
    -- To contribute something of value upon which future innovations will be built.

    The future is wide open. The foundation upon which open-source is built can and will save the world; as has been proven, open-source conserves time, energy, resources and money by being honest and efficient.

    Enjoy your stay!

Getting Groovy with Squidoo

As much as I like to learn everything about everything, I think sometimes it's best to leave certain details up to professionals. One of the details I've decided to "leave to the professionals" is the monetization aspect of the tutorials that I'm writing for the directory of software on this site. After much research and thought, I've decided that the pros most likely to be honest and benevolent with my tutorials are none other than the folks at . . .Squidoo.

Why is Open Source > Proprietary?

Open-Source Software (OSS) isn't just for the web; it can be used for myriad tasks from work to play. Everything from the operating system that runs a computer or home network to the eCommerce application used by a small business to the large University research and data center can (or does) utilize open-source software. OSS is becoming an increasingly powerful tool for individuals, educators, organizations, and business.

Q: So WHY is Open-Source Software > Proprietary?
A: The Short List

1. Open Source is free.

It's Official; the Brand New Zentu

It's a brand new zentu*nix! The "space theme" from testing / development days of olde has been replaced by this decidedly more stylish theme in greens and grays. The main page, once decorated with a variety of buttons, has been treated with a reductionist measure and reduced to bare minimum.

The Novel Tease of Crowdsourcing

The Novel Tease of Crowd-Sourcing

Novelties. The Internet has been springing forth novelties for as long as it has been in existence; they come and go with intensity that is often correlated to the intensity of venture-capital (VC) backing. However, once the novelty of certain sites wears off, the "user base" sometimes drifts away. It often takes more than a neat widget or flashy doodad to keep people enraptured enough with a website to continually keep coming back.

Open-Source, Punctuated

Let's talk style.

Software is a noun. Nouns may be modified by adjectives. In his lovely little book The Elements of Style, E.B. White informs us: "When two or more words are combined to form a compound adjective, a hyphen is usually required." E.B. White is highly regarded as being a master of concise style, and being a master of concise style means being a master of punctuation.

Early Termination Litigation Goes Fed

The telecommunications industry, more recently and specifically, the mobile phone industry, has fascinated me for as long as I've had my University degrees. I think I grasp as well as any standard MBA the interrelations of accounting, finance, economics, business law, marketing, tax, management, etc. But for all of my education, I'd never been able to figure out the economic oligopoly that has persisted in the telecom world when society has increasingly become so mobile. That is, until recently.

More on OpenID

Recently have I been following a discussion on YCombinator news about OpenID. I find this to be an interesting discussion because I'm indeed one of the hapless geeks who attended the original OpenID Developer Camp hosted at Six Apart in mid-January. Since then has OpenID garnered quite a bit of attention and gained a wide variety of adopters.

A Day at Mashup Camp in Mountain View

Last week was the much anticipated MashupCamp event. It was a four-day long event, with two days allocated for Mashup University, and two days allocated for the Mashup Camp Unconference.

Now, before I get into the details of the event, I will make a small confession: one of the main reasons I was so excited to go to this event was indeed because of the venue. This MashupCamp took place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The Computer History Museum is a place I had been wanting to explore ever since I arrived here.

As the event was four days long, I was not able to attend all four days. I chose Wednesday March 19, the first day of the MashupCamp Unconference, to be my day of attendance.

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