About a year ago, I registered softwarefreedom.com,
softwarefreedom.net, and softwarefreedom.org, to use for an idea I had
for a page that would be a metaindex of everything having to do with
free software. Soon after, however, I quit the job I had then, and
didn't have much time to work on it. Now, the domains are about to
expire, but I hope someone here would have time to do some work on this.
Basically, I still think a metaindex of everything having to do with
free software would be a good idea. It could point to projects,
companies, news sites, and so on, and I'm sure it could build a decent
community, and be a useful resource.
I don't have the time to work much on it, though, and I definitely
don't have the time to be the driving force behind it. In 30 days or
so, the domains will expire. Since I think it's not a very good thing
to just sit on domains that aren't used for anything, I'll likely let
them expire... unless...
If someone wants to work on such a metaindex site (or can propose
another good, relevant use for the domains), I will renew the
registrations, and secure server space for the project, so that whoever
that person or persons is, will be able to work on it. I will probably
want to contribute and advise a bit, but mostly, I'll keep my hands
off. So if someone has ideas, suggestions, or want to take on the role
as project leader for softwarefreedom, feel free to post below, or
contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
So people can directly jump to the definition of free software.
Another choice is to redirect to www.free-soft.org, which I meant to be
overview site for free software, but currently I only have brief
If you let them expire, they will quite possibly be bought up by
someone who will make some really terrible use of them. Renew them, and
look for someone to re-assign them to once they are safe, that way you
can make sure they go to a good home!
Engaging paranoia for a moment, wouldn't it be a shame if
www.softwarefreedom.org (etc) took you to an advert for the MS .Net
thing, for instance? I imagine their marketing team could make good use
of such a nice domain name, implying all sorts of things about their
product which might not be quite true.
I'd love to get involved with a project like the one you mention, but
I'm already swamped with running my
LUG, being server admin for Linux UK, coding for work and working on another
community-type website which I am sole coder and admin for (not the
Linux community though, hence no link) :)
Until you find someone to take them on, I like the idea someone else
posted, of making them redirect to fsf.org, or if the FSF are happy with
it, to a subpage thereof...
...that you hogged domains instead of having a single one (with the same
functionality as a .orgcomnet trio) for trice as long.
I see advogato registering itself under every TLD too. Can we stop the
madness??? TLD's exist for a reason, and this abuse is even worse than
ignoring the heirarchy.