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Just finished a long shell script for installation of a PHP project, and came to the realization that an automated installation thing for PHP projects would be a good thing. If there still isn't anything available in about a month I'll probably start one. I don't know if autoconf/make is really suited well to do this, or rpm (prob not since most apache/php installs aren't from rpm, so I don't think rpm could easily detect them), or whether something that just built a shell script would be best. I do know that the current standard of each project providing their own (sometimes lacking) INSTALL file isn't as suited for new users as is running rpm -i or make;make install.

My wife plugged an electric iron into a UPS at home. I'm told it made a pitiful sounding beep for about a second, and then the living room got quiet as lots of equipment lost power.

Love is when something like this happens, and your first thoughts are not of the cost of the UPS, or the now reset uptimes of the boxes that lost power. :)

In my quest to convince the Pointy Haired Bosses that open sourcing our new accounting app is a good thing, I came across an inportant discovery. I don't need to estimate the amount of support revenue that the GPL'd product will bring in. For GPL'ing the software to increase revenue, it just needs to bring in more support dollars than you will lose in licensing fees. Given that we've always went after a niche market, this is almost a certainty.

If anyone wants it, here is a great paper by Paul Everitt of Digital Creations (Zope) about why they open-sourced their product. It's a wonderful paper that makes a very strong business case... I'm surprised I hadn't come across it before.

Good news... the commercial web based accounting product I've been working on may get released under the GPL instead. I wish I had some idea of the ratio of downloads/support contracts bought for other open source products. I've got a rough estimate of downloads expected... but converting it to a revenue dollar amount just isn't happening.

This could very well be a killer app... I'm all sorts of excited about the possibility of seeing it go GPL.

14 Aug 2001 (updated 14 Aug 2001 at 18:44 UTC) »

I'm hard at work on a commercial PHP/MySQL accounting project for my day job, so I haven't spent much time developing for CCC in the last few months. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed, either by using the software or by supplying language or db translations.

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