Tag Archives: Mozilla

An Open web service protocol for distributed notification

We all need ‘a place of our own’ in ‘the Cloud’, to replace ‘the desktop’ as the place notifications are sent to and distributed from. To be successful, it would need to be based on open protocols, so that any service provider can host the service, and must include at least one good FOSS implementation so we can DIY it. Is there a W3C committee working on this, that I haven’t heard about?

I frequently move between Android phone & tablet and Ubuntu desktop. I am sick of being repeatedly notified of something I read 2 hours ago. My devices don’t read my notifications, I do and I don’t want to have to go to a web wite to fetch them. I want them to find me, be read, then be cleared unless I say not to and for that to be propagated. Most of the OSs seem to have finally got a working notification system, about 3 years after it might have been useful without such a service.

Ubuntu or Mozilla would have been obvious places to launch an anti-competition service back then, for the good of the users. Now, I guess we’ll have to depend on Mozilla and even then they’d try to market it to sound like it depends on sign-up to Firefox Sync.

Overlapping-tribes notification would be an obvious expansion. Google Circles would have been a good place to start, if we could trust them. A WebRTC Googlist told me that the people who took the XMPP out of Googe Talk are ‘no longer with them’. The trouble is: I’m not sure if that was for being Evil or for getting caught.

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FLOSS web-services & collaboration

Do you remember when I set out the evidence that we are winning the battle for Free, Libre, Open-Source Software (FLOSS) but it’s a hollow victory because monopolists have moved the war to a different front?
https://andywootton.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/social-vs-capital-part-3/

I said that we were a bit short on FLOSS web-services to compete with Google. We have  Diaspora* as an alternative to Google+ but then I started to struggle.

If, like me, the only thing on Google Drive you really care about is text documents, then you’ve probably been keeping an eye on progress of the real-time collaborative text editor Etherpad at http://etherpad.org/ or @EtherpadOrg but today I’ve realised it has a ‘feature’ that I’d missed:¬† WebRTC allows person-to-person video-conferencing in the browser, using an open standard http://www.webrtc.org/. There is a demo between Chrome and Firefox here http://www.webrtc.org/demo.
This appears to offer the possibility of other service providers running an alternative to Google Hangouts. Let’s hope Google is planning to open up Hangouts. No, nor me.

I also note that Google bought the original Etherpad in 2009 http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-10409676-264.html