From democratizing code to democratizing content

By : |June 2, 2006 0



Krishna Kumar

NASHVILLE, (Tennessee): The second Red
Hat
summit kicked off on Wednesday in the music city of the United States
with the announcement three new initiatives, two of them aimed at what CEO
Matthew Szulik called the democratization of content.

Set in salubrious surroundings at the Gaylord Opryland resort, a 6.5 acre
property with its own jungles, island and boating — all within the complex, the
summit has drawn more than a thousand attendees in its second year.

The first of these initiatives is 108 or rather the website 108.redhat.com.
108 is an online developer community designed as a site to collaborate and
collate resources. The name 108 comes from its Wikipedia reference, complete
with mystic references. With 108, Red Hat launches a developer community
program.

The second one is mugshot, at www.mugshot.org. Mugshot,
according to Red Hat, is the “open source model applied to non-developer
contexts”. Mugshot is a cross-platform community portal aimed at the youth
market with three focus areas — Linkswarm, Music Radar and TV Party. Linkswarm
is a technology whereby a user can send information about interesting web pages
to his friends, thereby creating a swarm of visitors to that URL.

Similarly, Music Radar is about sharing tastes and information about music,
including information about what is currently playing on ones system.

With these, Red Hat joins a growing set of companies making a play in the
community content space. While 108 is on familiar territory, rallying developers
— something that the open source company has been good it, mugshot is
venturing into new territory, one that is more associated with the likes of Yahoo,
Google,
flickr and Myspaces. Red Hat states that they are not competing with these
companies, but works in conjunction with their offerings. Music Radar for
example, draws on the playlists of iTunes or Yahoo Music Player.

A third initiative aimed more squarely at developers and Enterprise customers
was also announced. This one is an automatic testing harness- a set of scripts
and test scenarios for software testing and follows up on Dogtail, a GUI test
tool and automation framework written in Python.

(Red Hat hosted the author at the summit)

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