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OSF Invites Developers

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Post #: 46
Hello All,

As part of Open Software Foundation (OSF)'s three pronged focus, experienced developers from all corners of the world are invited to provide input and contribute coding skills on a proposed flagship open source project. Input, coding, leadership, delegation, organization, etc are strong areas of need.

OSF is a technology non-profit organization with a three-pronged focus:

1. Technology R&D (to derive open source projects) - Aimed at building a humongous developer community to engage exciting open source and standards-based projects.
2. Technology Training (Online and Community Technology Centers) - Tutors and technologists far and wide are welcome to post technology video tutorials for other to learn from.
3. Green Initiatives - Let's help re-use, reduce, recycle pre-owned technologies to preclude them from landfills as well as embark on other green initiatives for mankind's environment and the earth.

These three areas of focus essentially represent technology lifecycle; Technology R&D represents innovation of new technology, Technology Training represents imparting the technical knowledge to use and support technology in its useful life span, and our Green Initiatives represent the re-use, re-assigning, and graceful & responsible disposal of pre-owned technologies as well as engaging other forms of green initiatives.

As a technology organization with a focus on technology development, OSF has planned enterprise open source, standards-based, and cross-platform solution(s) (even though Linux may be a primary focus), essentially enterprise open source technologies that will prove to be greatly disruptive in a multi-trillion dollar technology market. Open source solutions that will be sure to turn heads and attract attention far and wide from corporate sponsors to users and developers. In light of this, a project which we feel fits this as the first project to embark on is an enterprise class UC solution built around robust LDAP/Directory Services (think Windows Active Directory structure) with the very scalable telephony engine and rich AJAX UI controls frontend. The UC market is a multi-billion dollar market, this simply means organizations from SMB to enterprise and governments spend billions and billions of dollars on proprietary UC solutions. Attempts of other open source UC projects have yet to achieve a level of penetration in any case, some of the reasons being that they do not properly approach the required essentials for such a system. We feel that the first question that needs to be answered before embarking on such a system design is "What is a successful enterprise software out there today and why is it so successful?". The answer could be as simple as three words Windows, Active Directory. No matter how unpleasant it may sound to some, Microsoft harnessed the potential of directory services and made it the default operating environment for all Windows products, both for the administrators' resource management tasks as well as easy federation of multiple systems with master-master replications and to enhance user experience for seamless navigation between various services on the systems; native or third-party.

One of the goals of the OSF developer community is to leverage OpenLDAP in every open source project the OSF developer community engages, to duplicate and improve on the very successful Active Directory as the default operational environment so administrators can better and easily manage their domain users, devices, & services, also so that users can work more efficiently and seamlessly across services out of the box. This approach will not only make open source a viable option for enterprises with seamless integration into existent network directory services, it will also draw the attention of those Windows administrators into the world of open source linux and help ease their way into further adoption simply because they will be working with a directory service similar in structure to Active Directory. As earlier mentioned, the first planned projects is an open source UC Server and web and mobile clients, then followed by a CRM Server and a Storage Server, all of which will be codenamed to the public throughout the development process. These are projects that are designed to seamlessly bring together the front-office and back-office to deliver services in no way any open source project has been able to achieve. This will not only be disruptive to expensive proprietary solutions, it will also further validate open source as a viable force to reckon with in the enterprise and beyond.

As new projects with blueprints, volunteer developers are needed for input and to engage the development process. Our goal is to build a humongous developer community (think bigger than Ubuntu) to bring such projects to fruition. Also be able to make the advanced directory services structure an open source standard.

OSF is a non-profit organization designed to have multiple projects under its umbrella so that the community can suggest further project ideas, vote and discuss it and be able to evangelize and promote it as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit effort under the OSF umbrella and be able to attract donations and corporate sponsorships, as well as gather a developer community around it, etc.

We need those experienced developers who inspire others to follow and those who are willing to follow but yet are worthy of leadership and patiently wait for their turn at leadership to get involved with the development process and spread the word.

For more information regarding applying to volunteer and contribute to the project, please visit our developer's page at http://www.opensoftwa...­ also find the OSF Developer Central on Launchpad at https://edge.launchpa...­ . We hope to see you in the OSF developer community because each contributor's effort will surely make a difference just like drops of water in the mighty ocean.

Thank you.

Jimmy Atohengbe
Founder & Executive Director
Open Software Foundation
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