I am happy to announce Puffin, a project I have been working on since December.
The idea behind it is to create lightweight web application catalog based on Docker containers, offering the users smooth experience à la mobile app store.
The reason I think it’s interesting is that containers allow packing hundreds of relatively well isolated applications on a single server, which could bring the price of hosting them to almost zero. In addition easy-to-use orchestration technology lets developers easily describe complex applications in terms of microservices.
The whole thing is free / open source and I am hoping to build a small community around it – see README and CONTRIBUTING for details.
On 11 December, during Hackadon, together with Bastien, we launched LibreFunding. There you’ll find latest news about free / libre solutions for crowdfunding, our recommended tools and upcoming fundraising events. Currently we are featuring series of interviews with solution creators. More details in the official announcement.
I have participated in Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre in Montpellier and presented a short talk entitled “Crowdfunding and Free / Open Source Software”. Full description can be found here, and the the slides here.
Audience didn’t have previous experience with crowdfunding campaigns in their own projects. The questions were centered around legal and fiscal aspects of the process – I will try to find or create an informational resource explaining them.
Update: You can see the full video of my short talk here.
I am now using my BountyFunding free and decentralised crowdfunding platform for all projects that I currently actively maintain: Segment, mALIGNa, Sojourner and BountyFunding itself. I hope this dogfooding experiment will provide me valuable feedback on the future direction of the project.
I have created SimpleRegister – a simple Trac plugin that adds Register link to the menu containing an email to the administrator. This is an alternative to AccountManagerPlugin that allows to manually validate the registration and avoid SPAM. I am aware that the latest version of Account Manager includes account validation feature, but it is still not stable enough for production use.
I am the new maintainer of the sojourner app – a conference schedule viewer for Nokia N900 phone. Thanks to the original author Will Thompson for writing such wonderful piece of software that lets me fully enjoy FOSDEM since 2012.
I have added support for downloading schedule via HTTPS and improved event description display. It is currently possible to browse FOSDEM 2014 schedule and it should be ready for 2015 edition or other upcoming events.
The code can be found on Github. The latest binary package can be found in extras-devel repository or downloaded directly from Github release.
Every month I will pledge up to 50 euros for BountyFunding development, split between two or three easy to pick-up tasks. More details here.
Over last few months I have been working on a new project called BountyFunding – a free / open-source bounty crowdfunding platform. It allows users to collectively sponsor most wanted features or bugfixes and gives developers additional source of income. It is tailored specifically for free / open-source projects and is licensed under AGPL itself. BountyFunding integrates with existing issue tracking system to create seamless user experience and allow its community to retain full control over the development process. See http://bountyfunding.org for more details.
Attended Fosdem – inspiring as usual. Some interesting topics – distributed / federated social networks, business and Open-Source, Open Science and reproducibility of results, XWiki, Jitsi, buddycloud, Jenkins, OWASP ZAP, lambdas in Java.
Released new version of SRX splitter renamed to Segment as an Free / Open Source Project. You can find it in Projects section. Updated Maligna to use this splitter.