What Is Web 2.0 (248 tags)
Defining just what Web 2.0 means (the term was first coined at a conference brainstorming session between O'Reilly and MediaLive International, which also spawned the Web 2.0 Conference), still engenders much disagreement. Some decry it as a meaningless marketing buzzword, while others have accepted it as the new conventional wisdom. Tim O'Reilly attempts to clarify just what we meant by Web 2.0, digging into what it means to view the Web as a platform and which applications fall squarely under its purview, and which do not.
Calculating the True Price of Software (51 tags)
Businesses have long viewed support and maintenance as essential components of software. Open source business models often focus on charging for support and customization. Is there an economic model that can demonstrate the true worth of a piece of software and the option for support, maintenance, and upgrades? Robert Lefkowitz argues that open source exposes the true value of software itself as, essentially, worth less in comparison to support and maintenance.
The Builders of Basecamp (21 tags)
Marc Hedlund spoke with Jason Fried, president of 37signals (the company that makes Basecamp and Ta-da Lists), about its history and products, and about Ruby on Rails, the open source web application framework spun out of Basecamp's development. Check out Jason's presentation, Lessons Learned While Building Basecamp, at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference later this month.
What Is a Wiki (and How to Use One for Your Projects) (13 tags)
Wikis are becoming known as the tool of choice for large, multiple-participant projects because jumping in and revising the pages of a wiki is so easy for anyone to do. This article covers how to effectively use a wiki to keep notes and share ideas among a group of people, and how to organize that wiki to avoid lost thoughts, and encourage serendipity. Matt Webb and Tom Stafford co-authored this article using a wiki, as they did their book, Mind Hacks.
Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution (12 tags)
As he follows the business world of movies and music, Tim O'Reilly draws upon his own publishing experience and comments on the current controversy over digital file sharing.