Jan 23 2008

Open Source As Alternative

Christophe just pointed me to Open Source Alternatives a site that allows you to find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software .

Good tool.. but it misses a key thing.. experience .. you don't know about how big the community around a project is .. you don't know how active development around .. you only can learn that yourselve. but it's a quick pointer to new stuff .. for some people ...

Now if you could add the Ohloh database to that and integrate them..
would be nice...

Jan 22 2008

voic privacy()

A couple of weeks ago there was some fuzz about Ohloh "publishing" information about developers that was open out on the web already hence taking away their privacy.

Imvho the moment you start writing open source code its obvious people will read that and you shouldn't be nagging about people creating statistics out of it.

But if you really don't like it .. as Ohloh just open sourced their code, so you can provide patches to
hide your contributins

Dec 21 2007

Yasn, but something totally different

So the last couple of weeks we've been laughing at different new social networks .. wondering what the use of all those seemingly identical services is as we were looking for that killer extra service they are offering and why on earth (apart from identdity protection) we would want to sign up with with it.

Now Luke just pointed to Puppet being added on Ohloh. I remembered Ohloh and decided it deserved a second look.

I was positively surprised.. Ohloh lets you "stack" the Open Source projects you use then it suggests you with people that use similar tools, or similar tools.

If you stack Drupal it suggests you alternatives you don't need :)

But it also shows you a list of the Top Contributors

If you are an active contributor to a project there is more , it calculates your experience based on your commits in projects.. heck.. not really accurate as it lists me with 3 months C/C++ experience . And you can get Kudo's for your work :)

Now all it needs is being able to link with your friends so you can figure out what tools they are using :)