This week Simon co-hosted episode 479, an entertaining interview about the Pidgin project, one of the most important Open Source Free software projects. It’s a multi-platform program that allows pretty much any instant messaging system to be used from a single interface. It also includes libpurple, a library that can be used in other software to do the same thing, and Finch, a terminal-based IM app with all the same capabilities.
Amazingly, Pidgin is developed by a tiny group of part-time developers. Maybe it’s time for the Open Source community to step in and help to guarantee the future of this important, widely-used app and library? A donation might be a start but they seem to need more…
In a last-minute change, Simon stepped in to host FLOSS Weekly 476 interviewing the Etsy VIPERBuilder project with Jonathan Bennett. That’s an iOS tool to help developers use the VIPER architecture to build apps. VIPER is an alternative to MVC.
Simon mentioned (or should have mentioned):
Simon was co-host of FLOSS Weekly 471, which featured the ScanCode Toolkit. ScanCode analyses a source package and lists what licenses are found in it. The toolkit can be used as part of a larger solution and together with the new AboutCode Manager provides open source compliance staff with an easy way to know what licenses they are actually dealing with.
Simon co-hosted FLOSS Weekly 470 which was an interview with Processmaker, a BPM system with an AGPL-licensed core that’s proprietary for enterprise use and an Apache licensed visual designer.
Simon built a short slideshow for InfoWorld with some of the highlights of the first 20 years of open source. Take a look here.
Simon hosted FLOSS Weekly 469, interviewing his former colleague Garrett d’Amore on the nanomsg MQ library project and more.
Simon co-hosted FLOSS Weekly 467, covering the Aragon project. It’s a blockchain-based system layered on Ethereum using smart contracts to support distributed ownership and operation of a company. The project is also implementing distributed political discourse, especially in support of LiquidDemocracy.