Open Source Applications Foundation

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Mission Statement


THE MISSION

Create and gain wide adoption of Open Source application software of uncompromising quality.


THE CHALLENGE

Build an innovative, sustainable alternative application despite market inertia.


GAME PLAN

Envision the dream

  • Carry forward the vision of Vannevar Bush, Doug Engelbart, and Ted Nelson of the computer as a medium for communication, collaboration, and coordination
  • Design a new application to manage email, appointments, contacts, and tasks
  • Enable information to be shared easily with colleagues, friends, and family
  • Serve a broad base of users, from casual to technologically advanced
  • Eliminate the requirement for a dedicated server or complex administration
  • Offer a choice of platforms and full interoperability amongst Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions
  • Leverage our resources by using an Open Source model of development
  • Pay fanatical attention to the quality of the user experience  

Build the product

  • We have sufficient funding for the first release
  • We've assembled a world-class team of developers who are passionate about applications
  • We're talking to users to understand their needs
  • WE're employing a modern architecture: XML, P2P networking, semantic database, cross-platform tool-kit
  • We're building on Open Source components: Python, Jabber, wxWindows/wxPython, ZODB 

Gain adoption in the market

  • Target the specific requirements of individuals, groups, small-to-medium enterprises, and members of multiple groups
  • Provide simple migration paths from existing products for individuals and organizations
  • Support access via the Web, PDA's and other portable devices, in addition to PC's
  • Implement “killer features” and order-of-magnitude improvements in key capabilities
  • Make source and object code publicly available at no charge 

Sustain the project

  • Work with the Open Source community to extend and evolve the code base
  • Encourage firms to offer complementary fee-based services, support, customization and consulting
  • License completely free to developers who redistribute their source code
  • License on a fee basis to proprietary developers who do not redistribute source code, (the fees fund our core development)
  • Maintain our nonprofit status to ensure that all work contributed by the community benefits the community 

Think long-term

  • Evolve the code base into an open, robust platform for high-quality, intelligent, distributed, cross-platform applications
  • Tackle other productivity applications beginning with database management and word processing