Something that has been mentioned around, but now is official: Sourceforge, a web site that offers free developer services (as in gratis) for free software (as in libre) and open source project, is coming out with a new feature: Sourceforge Marketplace – currently starting public beta – allows developers who host projects on sourceforge.net website to offer paid services to people who use their software, through sourceforge.net.
(the link talk about how this product is going to be as its an old article, and the actual launch was just announced in email to project managers and not yet on Sourceforge’s web site).
This looks like a great idea, one who’s time has definitely come. Up till now, getting paid support from open source developers has been rather difficult – except for some specific large scale projects who have a bounty system (such as KDE’s Kontact) getting in contact with a developer, hoping she has time to work for you and negotiating payment terms is next to impossible (and several times I’ve been in a position to both need this service and have the commercial option to pay for it).
I think for the first time, there will be a generic centralized system where developer can offer their services and for clients to be able to easily find professionals that can help them. I will personally definitely would try to take advantage of this new service – at least as a client.
And now for something completely different:
It is rather well known, that Apple computers have the rather amusing street address:
1 Infinite Loop.
But only recently I’ve found out that UK based Linux company Canonical software, makers of the now much hyped Ubuntu operating system, have a quite similar street address:
One Circular Road.
Now, Google maps does not carry street maps for Isle of Man (yet, and the satellite imagery is even worse then for Israel), so I can’t tell if their street is indeed circular, but I doubt that its a coincidence. I don’t know how Apple got Cupertino, CA to build a circular street and name it “Infinite Loop” – but if it is as I suspect and simply a lot of money was involved, then it wouldn’t be much harder for Canonical to convince the many times smaller city of Douglas to name a street specifically for them.