What I want to know is, when is the Free Software community going to get serious about
providing slick business/nonprofit "foundation software" implementation? This is the software
that should seamlessly tie together Free office suites with databases, mail servers, LDAP,
etc., to perform all the tasks that need to be done.
I wrote a letter to the editor here a year and a half ago:
GNU Enterprise doesn't seem to be getting very far lately, and Compiere seems more like a
cathedral than a bazaar. Neither have a great deal of mindshare or excitement in the
This can't be emphasized enough. This stuff is absolutely *critical* before we can expect
much more adoption on the business desktop. Until we produce something that will tie together
the free software stack, these organizations have nowhere else to go but the commercial
offerings, which tie together the entire Microsoft stack, and lock them into it.
I also believe that this is perhaps the *last* major roadblock to making serious gains on the
business desktop. Technically, Linux works fine at this point. So do the databases, mail
servers, and LDAP that would form the foundation. Linux and open standards have a lot of
respect, but inevitably organizations turn to what works and works without much fuss.
Right now to build a business application on Linux, you have to go through a lot of
cryptically documented (if that) text on OpenOffice, KParts, wxWidgets, or whatever you use.
If someone who knows this "foundational" software well would step up and help the community
figure out what it needs to implement, that would be a great start!