[ubuntu-uk] Social FLOSS?

Josh Blacker jkblacker at gmail.com
Wed May 9 16:41:49 BST 2007

On 5/9/07, TheVeech <theveech at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-05-09 at 14:17 +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:
> > Alan Pope wrote:
> >
> > > I have no idea what you're talking about. You are saying that
> > > video are proprietary social networking tools that "we" in the open
> > > community lack?
> >
> > I think TheVeech is suggesting the open source community should
> > create/manage/run more social networking tools such as flickr etc.
> > rather than rely on big companies to do it for us and therefore
> > (perhaps) not provide support for Linux etc.
> I hadn't thought of that last bit, but, yeah, that too!
> > Personally, I think this would be very difficult. A service such as
> > Flickr must need huge resources for it to be successful (I mean in terms
> > of hardware, the disk space alone must be fairly huge). Such resources
> > do not come for free, so it either needs to be done by a company that is
> > earning money else where or the service itself has to get an income from
> > somewhere.
> I've said this before, but I wouldn't mind paying as a way of
> contributing to something that's in our interests - I couldn't see it
> happening without some contributions - but run like the projects, to
> provide the best web-based services we can.  But these are ideas without
> purpose, because I wouldn't know where to begin!
> BTW, IIRC, Google just uses bog standard Hard Drives.
> > To be honest, I don't see the problem with Flickr! It's well supported
> > by F-spot. Perhaps rumours of some deal between Yahoo and Micro$oft is
> > worrying people.
> TBH, I haven't heard of anyone getting heated about this, but I've had
> enough of the situation.  All of 'em are just stuck in the food chain.
> Flickr gets swallowed up by Yahoo!, Yahoo! is looking to being swallowed
> up by MS, Roman Abramovich buys Pluto.
> > Regards,
> > Tony.

Just to add to this:
"We use it, we love it, we are committed to its principles, we even make
some of it ourselves." is from a blog post on the Facebook blog (
http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=2223862130) . They apparently run
mostly linux servers and they used MySQL for their database needs (and it
must be one hell of a database). They also release advances they make back
to the open-source community, such as 'phpsh', whatever that might be! *And*
Mark Zuckerberg hasn't sold out (yet) despite at least one very high offer!

Josh Blacker
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