[okfn-discuss] Wikipedia as SaaS by the OSSD?
bzg at altern.org
Thu Dec 20 17:03:14 UTC 2012
Mike Linksvayer <ml at gondwanaland.com> writes:
> Whether someone else's computer is doing something
> narrowly defined as your computing or not is not pertinent. Rather, is
> the service publishing its source as free software/open source, and is
> non-private data open knowledge?
I see two problems with this "orthogonal" definition of SaaS:
(1) it doesn't really match the common meaning of the term and
(2) it is so broad than I don't see any website that it does *not*
I agree FSF's definition can also have some problems, but at least
it's narrow enough to limit the topic.
> We could use more examples, but honestly I'm not sure anything
> relating to Wave is intuitive for many people. And there's a
> distinction between software which is amenable to powering an
> OSSD-conformant service, and a service itself (eg
> MediaWiki/Wikipedia). Maybe Kune.cc is OSSD-conformant; I haven't
> looked closely.
Kune is just a website to facilitate online collaboration.
I think it is OSSD-conformant, but I'll forward the question to the
developers and let them reply if they can.
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