Posts Tagged: open source

Sprezzatura and software

Releasing software as open source — where everyone is free to view and tinker with the code — is both scary and liberating. However, more than that I have to be open about how I write the code, and avoid sprezzatura.

Listservs (aka mailing list managers) explained

List servers (aka mailing list managers) are applications that allow a member of a group to email the other members of the group. They are mostly used for discussion and announcements. They are distinct from email marketing systems which handle email newsletters and other marketing email. List servers go by various names, and there are… Read more »

GroupServer 1.0 Beta is Released

GroupServer is a web-based open source web-based mailing list manager developed by OnlineGroups.Net. If you know OnlineGroups.Net, you’ll know that GroupServer is its engine. For that reason, we’re pretty excited to be able to call GroupServer “1.0?”, and to make it available for free download. We have released GroupServer before, but we try not to… Read more »

OpenID, Facebook Connect, and the Neglected CardSpace

As a developer of GroupServer, which shares many features with social networking systems, the release of Facebook Connect caught my eye when it caused a buzz on the tech wires. This follows on from the noise whenever a major player — such as Google, Yahoo! or MySpace — announces an OpenID implementation. Unfortunately, I have… Read more »

The Open Source Future of Accounting

Rod Drury’s ten trends in accounting are spot on, but they could all be encapsulated in the first: “Online accounting won’t exist as a product category for long.” Rod writes… Small Business don’t do integration projects but in the SaaS world vendors are encouraged to work together to integrate their products so small businesses don’t… Read more »

OnlineGroups.Net Short-listed for NZ Open Source Software Awards

Today’s Computerworld lists the finalists for the second NZ Open Source Awards, and I’m happy to say that we are there in the “Open Source Software Project” category with GroupServer. Almost as cool is to see the health of open source software in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is the second year for the NZ Open… Read more »

Why We Release GroupServer as Open Source

OnlineGroups.Net has released the source code of GroupServer, the software that powers our web and email collaboration service. This means that, if you are technically savvy and have access to a server, you can download, install and run GroupServer sites for free. You can inspect the inner workings of GroupServer and even make changes to… Read more »

Why We Built GroupServer

If I had to sum up software development in one word, it would be “don’t”. When you know a bit about what’s possible, it is easy to be seduced by the notion that custom software could solve all your problems. Your business is unique of course, and so your requirements are unique. It seemed so… Read more »