[opensource] A couple of ideas for projects

Nick Hurley hurley at todesschaf.org
Mon May 1 19:38:40 EDT 2006


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On 30 Apr 2006, at 22:22, Steven James Samuel Stapleton wrote:

> I ran these by the Benevolant Dictator, and he said it was ok to  
> post them to the mailing list, so, here are some ideas for various  
> project that might be of interest to the group. Please post your  
> questions, comments and suggestions.
>
> Note: The reason MSLE (you'll know once you read) won't be using a  
> specific langauge, is because it's designed to be language  
> agnostic: rather than forcing someone to use the language you  
> prefer, it will allow them to use the language they prefer. That  
> basically the paradeign (sp?) I program by: I just write the  
> software, I have no right to dictate how you use it, or on what you  
> use it.
>
> Thanks,
> -Jim

So, you asked for thoughts. Here's my $0.03...

The 3d file browser has been done. There are quite a few of them out  
there. I can't remember their names off the top of my head, but I  
remember looking on freshmeat once for a 3d file browser and finding  
something like 5. Not to mention the fact that I don't know many (if  
any) people who would be excited by a 3d filesystem browser. Maybe  
the few people who thought that the scene in 'Jurassic Park' was a  
good depiction of what *nix is/should be...

As for the MSLE, that sounds too much like java or the CLR or a  
hardware simulator to me. There doesn't really seem to be anything  
earth-shattering in the idea. True hardware simulators are too slow  
to be really useful (even VirtualPC or VMWare (I've used both in  
production settings) suck). With that sort of thing out of the way,  
the JVM or CLR are all that's left and, while they definitely have  
good points to them, they've been done, in both closed-source forms  
(Sun's JVM, Microsoft's CLR) and open-source (IBM's JVM, Mono).

Not that I'm trying to discourage anyone from working on these, I'm  
just saying that I think the open source club, with all the brain  
power at its disposal, can come up with a lot better/more  
revolutionary ideas. I'd suggest some, but most of my good ideas  
these days are used at/for work, where I see real problems/potential  
for improvement in real software that real people use on a daily basis.

Again, just my $0.03.
- --
Peace,
   Nick
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