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FOSS…what is it? Where does it come from?

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Icestorm – December 2013

Let’s get back to what I mentioned in our very first post: FOSS.

As said before it stands for free and open source software. And I am not going to talk here about the different licensing systems and how they refer to FOSS. I know there are a lot of different licenses in use, even for software which you are free to use, and often free to use for your own private, public or even commercial purposes. Examples are GPL2, GPL3, MIT, Apache, Mozilla…

The software may be written by a community of people who spend their time and efforts freely on a piece or system of software they are passionate about. Sometimes these communities are supported by commercial organizations. In which case the commercial organization may derive publicity, shared software in its commercial offerings or service and support contracts from it.

But it may also be the property of a commercial organization and written by their employees or bought by acquiring a company, which developed it or bought it or by buying out a community project . Examples of these are two IDEs (Integrated Development Environment): NetBeans (formerly owned by Sun, now by Oracle) and Eclipse (IBM) and the MySQL database (Sun, Oracle).

Sometimes when a piece of software moves from the community to a privately owned status, people loose confidence in the future of the product, but being open source, the original community group or a newly developing one may fork the software and further improve it and expand it. That is what happened with OpenOffice, which led to LibreOffice (office suites). MariaDB is considered the alternative to MySQL.

For us, developers, it does not necessarily matter where it comes from or where it is going. Somehow there always have sprouted up enough free alternatives, when needed. We have never been caught out by a file format which was no longer supported nor by not having access to files which are in proprietary formats.

Chris Rogiers for CeaRO Corporation, January 16th, 2014

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…introducing CeaRO…

CeaRO Corporation

What CeaRO does…

The CeaRO Corporation was established many years ago as a starting point for a discovery journey into everything web development and computer related.

The CeaRO web sites were in the first place a testing ground for studying developments and new tools in the worlds of web development and FOSS (Free and Open Source Software).

And to a large extent that is still the case.

Currently, late 2013, that includes our initial steps in experimenting with a WordPress based blog (which you are reading now), a starting point for a social network (based on elgg) and a cloud environment (based on eyeOS).

Meanwhile we have also developed  a few web sites for clients, either separately with design, development and graphical elements provided by CeaRO Corporation, or with graphical design by daVinci Inc., or with graphical design and site layout design by the client.

We strongly concentrate on use of web standards and systems based on top of them. Standards such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP. Systems such as a PHP server back-end framework (CakePHP) with a relational database (MySQL) and JavaScript frameworks and libraries front end.

Here are a few links which are useful starting points when looking into some of the items mentioned earlier:


The world of web development and design is an ever expanding moving target. Which is what makes it so exiting to be part of.

Do you want to enjoy the ride together with us?

Chris Rogiers for CeaRO Corporation, December 8th, 2013

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