Forum OpenACS Q&A: Goodbye OpenForce
In the past few weeks, you've probably noticed the obvious silence from me and other members of the OpenForce team. We've been struggling hard, and today this struggle comes to an end: OpenForce is shutting down.
I want to thank Gerald, Josh, Arjun, Yon, and Eric (in order of start date) for making OpenForce an amazing place and for contributing in incredible and numerous ways to the OpenACS world and more generally to the open-source world. I want to thank Roberto and Dan Chak who interned for us. I want to thank the clients who stuck with us and trusted us even back when "free software" was just another synonym for "poor software" in the business mind. I've learned a lot from all, and OpenForce wouldn't be the same without them.
And so we come to practical matters: OpenForce can only continue hosting the OpenACS site for so long. We will donate the existing machine (including the new RAM) that runs OpenACS.org and dotLRN.openforce.net to whomever the community leadership chooses. This must happen at the very latest by April 15th: sadly we cannot afford to keep our hosting going past that date.
I wish everyone, volunteers and OpenACS companies alike, the very best in all current and future endeavors. I hope OpenForce's contributions to the community will live on in useful ways. The beauty of free software is that the creation or passing of a single company has little impact on the long-term viability of the platform.
Can anyone provide bandwidth requirements for OpenACS.org?
And you know, sometimes the end something is the begining of some other thing better!
I'm sad to hear that OpenForce is closing down. I whish you all the best for the future and hope to see you around at OpenACS.org.
I am really saddened to hear that. Anyway I hope that you keep comming to openacs.org. You have already contributed a lot to the community and open source in general, thanks for that.
I'm sorry to hear that Ben. Best of luck to you and all at OpenForce. We are all grateful for openforce's contributions to OpenACS and the community.
It stirs up mixed memories of closing up shop on civilution.
It is a strange thing, a company where the core value is stored in the minds of the individuals who run it.
I wish you all well in your future endevors.
The heat is really on Asher et. al. now... No more distractions of 'policy committees' and endless AD-trashing email threads and other excuses for coding-avoidance. JERRY AT THE HELM! DON ON THE CONN!
Anyone want to start making bets on how how much the OpenACS code repository is going to grow in the next six months? flat bid, 3000 byte offer, #'s don't count.
As a side note what is OpenACS's opinion on deleting obvious trollish anonymous posts that only that offer nothing of importance. I don't normally agree with censorship but that post offended me and I am only a fringe OpenACSer.
I mean it was so barely comprehensible that it was probably written by the aD core team member who designed the user permissioning UI for acs4.2.