The Cr-48 and Chrome OS: Google's vision of the net
Posted Jan 18, 2011 2:56 UTC (Tue) by jhs
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You're welcome! I tried to identify the free-software-like philosophy without sounding like a shill. (For example, I removed all external links.)
Data freedom is becoming a foremost concern of the free software movement leadership. I hope to promote emerging projects which are congruent with the GNU philosophy but concerning data freedom, even if I risk looking petty.
To answer your question, the Couch App ecosystem is comparatively tiny, with no flagship, general-purpose products. CouchApp development can be tedious and slow, attractive mostly to early-adopter developers, like GNU was. The exciting thing is the philosophy behind the software, like GNU was.
For example, the Kabul War Diary is a CouchApp based on the Afghanistan WikiLeaks data. It is a web application like any other: AJAX, data-driven, Google Maps UI, etc. However, you can replicate (anonymously, over HTTP) the entire free data set to your own server. One of the records in this database is the web app itself, which is free software and runs on CouchDB. Now you have a private copy—free software and free data.
I hope my enthusiasm persuades you that I am not advertising; I just happen to work in a company with a worthwhile core philosophy.
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