[CREATE] panel discussion (proposal): Web apps

Stani spe.stani.be at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 17:41:12 PDT 2010

I'm interested. We (=Phatch developers) are considering experimenting with this.

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 2:22 AM, Nathan Willis <nwillis at glyphography.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'd like to suggest a topic for a panel discussion session at LGM -- Open
> Source Graphics and the Web App.  Jon Phillips touched on this topic in his
> talk last year in Montreal; I'm interested in asking some specific questions
> that relate to how the FOSS graphics suite can or should react to the RIA
> movement (which is mostly non-free).  In addition to Picnik and the other
> well-known services, Google Docs just added a Drawing app, so it isn't going
> away.
> Specifically, some of the key points I think there could be good discussion
> on are:
> * Are the open source RIA frameworks good enough to facilitate building open
> source graphics Web apps?  If not, what do they lack?
> * Should open source projects pursue writing a web front-end in parallel to
> their existing desktop code. or is it best left to new/different projects?
> * Can hosted services based on open source graphics code be used to generate
> funding for the projects involved?
> * Can hosted services based on open source graphics be used to attract new
> users to the desktop application suite, or, arguably more importantly,
> attract new developers?
> * Is there any "low hanging fruit" or project spaces currently unserved by
> the closed-source hosted services that would be ripe for a motivated open
> source project to pursue?
> So I'd really like to know if anyone would be interested in participating in
> such a panel.  I'm only proposing that I'd moderate the session; I may have
> one or two points to chime in on but the idea is to let the developer crowd
> talk.  Similarly, does anyone have any related questions that it would be
> good to debate at the meeting?
> I know it's a little out there, probably more about open questions than
> about providing answers, but I think the discussion could be really good.  I
> definitely know there are some interesting things in the "currently
> unserved" space, and I'm real curious what consensus is on the frameworks
> and on the financial theories.
> Thanks,
> Nate
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