FOSS -> Virtual Desktop -> World
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Tue Sep 14 19:21:41 UTC 2010
Hi, I'm the owner of the FreeOpenSourceSoftware.* domains, donated to the
community as the Wiki http://FreeOpenSourceSoftware.org . I'm also the
leader of http://Eseri.com, a team of software developers that have
integrated a comprehensive FOSS solution including Intranet, desktops, and
applications. We put the solution in the cloud to make it maximally
convenient to those that don't want local installations. Then we make it
available on virtual desktops to make full functionality FOSS available
anywhere there is an Internet connection.
Our goal is to help greatly increase use of FOSS by small and medium sized
organizations, enlarging the community with a stake in FOSS to help ensure
its long-term vibrancy. This email describes the power of our architecture
to make FOSS more widely available to the world, and respectfully requests
assistance from the community to help us get off the ground.
Our starting observation was that three elements can greatly help increase
FOSS use by small and medium sized organizations: integrated solutions,
hosting in the cloud, and most importantly virtual desktops.
1. Integrated FOSS
Our solution is built from more than 75 of the world's best FOSS
components. It is founded on a "hosted Intranet", with everything you
would need in a physical installation, including secure networks, a user
directory, servers, databases, shared folders, and all related system
software. Then we added Ubuntu, the world's third most popular desktop.
Then we integrated a complete suite of the world's best FOSS productivity
and collaboration applications. This combination of hosted Intranet,
desktops, and comprehensive application suite provides small and medium
sized organizations with a complete turn-key FOSS system to meet all of
their IT needs, no proprietary software required whatsoever.
In an effort to help fill the world's terrible acronym shortage, we call
our solution the world's first example of Organization as a Service (OaaS).
2. The Cloud
Putting the integrated solution in the cloud is the second key to
increasing FOSS use, greatly reducing the barriers and eliminating most
local hardware, setup, configuration, backup, maintenance, and associated
time and cost. This provides small and medium sized organizations with the
same enterprise data center capability, convenience, and security that has
long been available to larger organizations.
3. Virtual Desktops
Third, we provide access to the solution on virtual desktops to make it
available anywhere you can access the Internet. The virtual desktop
innovation is truly revolutionary, the most important key to widening
general use of FOSS. Basically, the Internet and NX virtual desktop
protocol are now fast enough to "extend the monitor cord" across the
Internet. Unlike the better known VNC, the NX protocol uses no more than
100 kbps in normal operation, which opens up the world of FOSS to anyone
with an Internet connection.
With the development of NX, there is absolutely no need to rearchitect 30
years of excellent FOSS development, and create limited proprietary
software running over a web browser. Notwithstanding advances with Ajax
and related technologies, web based applications do not give users the
advantages of a fully interactive, powerful desktop user interface, or the
basic advantage of the secure space provided by the tried and true desktop
paradigm itself. In other words, it is much better to use full
functionality OpenOffice on a secure, portable virtual desktop than to use
a limited usability office suite over a browser on whatever possibly
insecure machine you happen to be using at the moment.
(Note: The only proprietary component in our solution is our virtual
desktop software from NoMachine, because the FOSS solutions FreeNX, NeatX,
and Spice are not yet scalable to thousands of users. But they are close -
4. Solution to Cloud Lockin
The architecture described above also addresses the main customer concern
about the cloud - extreme vendor lockin. When an organization uses online
proprietary software, they are more vulnerable than ever before. Should
they ever wish to leave the proprietary service, their data may be largely
in non-standard formats, and they have no fallback ability to set up an
equivalent local solution without, at a minimum, large capital outlays for
local proprietary software. With an all FOSS solution, of course they
always have the option to obtain their data in open formats and the exact
same applications at no cost if they wish or need to setup a local solution.
5. Request For Assistance
We've spent three years working nights and weekends to integrate a
complete, virtual desktop solution that proves FOSS can meet all of an
organization's needs. The more business success we achieve, i.e. providing
enough value to enough customers to take in more money than we spend, the
more we will be be able to provide a continual financial support stream to
develop and enhance all the FOSS software that we incorporate. In other
words, our goal is to build a large and mutually reinforcing ecosystem to
help support FOSS development.
We are just launching, and could really use some help from the larger FOSS
community. If you see value in our approach, we respectfully ask for your
assistance in two ways. First, we need publicity, so appreciate any help
you can provide in spreading the word about this solution in the FOSS
community. And second, we need customers, so appreciate any assistance you
can provide in sending any organizations that could benefit from our
solution to our web site or the undersigned.
Thanks very much for listening,
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Q. Do you have any FOSS software of your own to release yet?
A. All our work is in integration, with no software or FOSS modifications
to release at present.
Q. If and when you do modify or enhance any of the FOSS software you
incorporate, are you going to hide behind the hosting model to claim you
are not "distributing" and so do not have to release?
A. No. While we are aware of the updates to several FOSS licenses to
ensure that hosting is treated as distribution, and are fine with that, we
believe the distinction is unnecessary - hosted software that is provided
to third parties over the Internet is clearly distribution in our minds,
and we will release any modifications or enhancements we make to any FOSS
Q. Will you only provide development and financial support only to the
FOSS in your solution, or will you broaden out to support other FOSS
projects and initiatives as well?
A. We will primarily provide support to the FOSS in our solution,
including internal work we release, and financial support to feature
bounties and bug fixes performed by others. However we also plan to
support the larger FOSS community where we can, so for example may provide
financial support to FOSS organizations and foundations that do not
directly contribute to our solution but benefit the community as a whole.
Q. What FOSS is in your solution?
A. At the hosted Intranet level, most of the usual suspects, from Dovecot
to Kerberos to PostgreSQL. The desktop is the latest Ubuntu Lucid. The 24
individual application components include those we have carefully selected
be the best FOSS available with the largest communities and longest term
investment protection, with the largest components including BigBlueButton
(being integrated now), Evolution, Nuxeo, OpenHRM, OpenOffice, vTiger,
WikiMedia, and Drupal.
Q. Is any of your software Commercial Open Source Software (COSS),
requiring license fees for advanced functionality once an organization gets
A. No, all our software is pure FOSS, as per the philosophy outlined at
FreeOpenSourceSoftware.org. We believe COSS is bait-and-switch, basically
little different than straight proprietary software, and not worth the
support of the real FOSS community.
Q. Are you interested in distribution partners, and do you have a referral
A. Yes, we are very interested in establishing partnerships with
individuals and organizations that may have contact with small and medium
sized organizations that can benefit from our solution. We have programs
that can either provide a referral fee, or special pricing for which local
companies can add value to our solution by providing onsite support for
those organizations that wish a local arm to take care of networks,
printers, and any other local IT outside our solution.
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