Browser for Web Applications

While at Badajoz, my tOSSad colleague Al Harris pointed me to a fantastic browser they developed at KnowNet.

You can try out the browser online. It’s fantastic! The top window allows you to browse for bundles and tags. It provides a slide to minimize or maximize the number of displayed tags:

KnowNet tags browser

Beneath the tag browser, the list of items and related tags is being displayed:

KnowNet items browser

The browser is JSON-powered. Feel free to contact Mike Malloch of KnowNet if you’d like to see the code. Al did not know the license, he basically told me that they are happy to share and don’t really care about licensing – sounds like true Open Source :)

New Job at Mindquarry

March 1st, I will start my new job at Mindquarry as VP Marketing.

Mindquarry’s Open Source product is enterprise social software, simply called “Mindquarry”. It supports spontaneous collaboration by including a Wiki, task tracker, file management, etc. The software is MPL licensed, version 1.0 will soon be available to the public. There’s an early access program available upon request.
The company was founded in 2006, it is located in Potsdam, Germany close to Berlin. The main investor is HP Ventures of SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner.

I’ll be in charge of strategic and operational marketing and community relations.

What I like most about this new job is:

  • I move from an Enterprise 1.0 Open Source company (eZ Systems and its eZ Publish ECM) to an Enterprise 2.0 Open Source company (Mindquarry).
  • Having 5 years of PHP programming experience, I am now looking forward towards working for a Java company. Although programming is not part of my job, I am very interested in digging deep into the code to really understand the application’s inner workings.

I actually have known one of Mindquarry’s co-founders for a few years via internet: Lars Trieloff. We only recently met in person. His expertise always impressed me.

I created a dedicated Mindquarry RSS feed for my future postings about Mindquarry, also served by the newly created Planet Mindquarry.

At this cross road of my professional life, I would like to especially thank the following persons who always supported me:

  • Zak Greant
  • Georg Richter
  • Aleksander Farstad

Thanks guys! And of course, thanks to my wife, my biggest supporter :)

4 Years of Blogging

It all started at Feb 13, 2003 and it became true love. I admit, sometimes I cared too little about you, at other times my love for you was hot and intense. I was always true to you and I cannot imagine life without you. We both have gone through an evolution in the past 4 years. We made new friends and are always happy to meet some more. Such is life, such is blogging.

Yours forever,

First Day at Free Software World Conference

Arrived in Badajoz yesterday for the Free Software World Conference. Right now I sit in the empty “Sala Azul” with Görkem.

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The venue looks nice, plenty of people. Unfortunately, all talks in Spanish yet, even Richard Stallman’s.


Just met Erkan, who leads the Pardus project. That’s a Linux distribution mainly for the Turkish market and it’s financed by the Turkish government. They pay 15 full time Linux devs – seems like the largest state run Linux developers group. Will write more about that project later.


Survey of EU Project Proves High Usability of Open Source Software

In the realm of the tOSSad project, a survey on usability proved that some of the most popular Open Source software is indeed user-friendly.

The survey included the following projects and quite a large number of respondents from across Europe answered the questionnaires:

  • (196 respondents)
  • Firefox (205 respondents)
  • GNU/Linux with GNOME or KDE desktop (274 respondents)

The report’s results in short are that these projects provide:

  • user-friendly interfaces
  • a clear menu
  • a logical navigation
  • convenient combinations of hot keys
  • a sufficient set of features
  • ease of installation

Most of the participants have used the relevant software for more than 1 year, hence they seem to know why they like it.

The survey includes some interesting charts with the details. Here are some of the most interesting points:


76% say because it is for free, 60% because they like the idea of Free Software/Open Source. The 76% seem quite obvious to me – the world is greedy. I would not have expected the 60%, that’s a lot of ideological support!


75% say because of tabbed browsing. There must be a reason why IE7 got that too…

Easy to install?

(please read the survey for the various related charts)

Easy say 68% concerning, 78% Firefox. The numbers are different concerning GNU/Linux: only 16% say that it is very easy to install hardware. That shows to me that the installation routines of software which is not directly interacting with hardware are much easier to handle. It would have been interesting, if the survey also had asked whether a survey participant is happy with the Plug and Play capabilities of MS Window or thinks that GNU/Linux works better.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the tOSSad Steering Committee on behalf of eZ Systems.