On Libervis.com we explore the good uses of technology, those that put technology in the service of individual liberty, personal empowerment, betterment of society as a whole, and building a better future. We provide key resources that can help you use technology to advance these purposes, and we discuss the implications that technological trends, meshing with social trends, have for these values.
Changing the slogan from "open source community node" to "free software community node". Why? Because YOU should know it's all about freedom and being free. The term "open source" seems to hide that meaning. And this site is "libervis = most freely or = vision of liberty (that is, freedom). We therefore encourage the use of the term "free software"!The main slogan for this site has been changed. It's never too late to do the right thing, even if the site has already launched and the old slogan is being promoted. The new slogan is "free software community node" instead of "open source community node" simply because i am convienced that it even better represent the mission of this site. This site is about building a stronger community around free software movement and open source movement. It is where you can discuss both which are actually almost the same thign. But however, there is one IMPORTANA difference between those two terms which is very relevant to libervis.com. The term "open source" represents only the openess of the source code actually hiding the fact that it is all about "freedom". The open source movement founded in 1998, based on free software movement is founded in order to present the practicallity and superiority of free software as well as it's friendliness to businesses which feared the term "free" thinking that they'll go out of business providing their product for free. Open source amplified the fact that free software can be commercial therefore attracting business to get involved in it.
While we can be thankful for the open source movement for that, we cannot and should not forget the very reason why free softwar exists today. It exists so that we could have freedom from domination, freedom from, as RMS said, "betraying" other people by agreeing that we will not share the software when we buy and use proprietary software.
The term "free software" is better and should be highly encouraged because it represents the freedom as the main and most important issue regarding the free software and so called "open source" software.
Both movements form the same community which is welcome to reside around these forums asking questions, getting answers, discussing etc. But, officially, this site will support the "free software movement" and the term "free software" which started it all anyway.
Therefore, when refering to our community as a whole, i'll refer to it with both terms putting "free software" in front and then "open source" after slash "/" (free software/open source) or will simply refer to it as "free open source community".
As expected and planned, libervis.com is starting to grow. The site is becoming more active and therefore more interesting to our visitors (i.e. you) because now you have much more to read, comment on or discuss. However, it is just the beginning. The site is going to grow further both in it's quality and it's quantity measures providing you the best experience of the open source/free software universe.The growth being experienced includes the increase of the visitors per day, very fast increase of our link popularity, the slow but sure increase in number of registrations all resulting in the increase of interesting content on forums. And while it's all in it's infancy, even at these rates, further growth and even acceleration can be reasonably expected. That by itself can be a reason more for you to join and by joining additionally helping the growth of this site.
The latest article, "open source and post-capitalistic society" had a good impact on the open source/free software community, being published on newsforge and linux today as well as recommended on a few places as an interesting reading material. It started quite a discussion which you are free to join on the article page among comments or on this forum thread.
I will use this opportunity to announce you another similar article that will be written by one of my associates and based on that existing one. It will clarify some points brought out in the original and enrich it by additional comments by the author. All other information in regard to it will be known to you once it's been published here on libervis.com. We also have a new expert blogger that is willing to contribute the community in our blogs section. If you stay with us, you'll be able to know who.
I hope that these are the reasons enough to stay tuned to libervis.com.
The "official launch" marks the starting point of more aggressive promotion campaigns in order to make the world aware of the new and special place we are creating here as well as of it's purposes. As a result of that, you may see this place becoming more active from day to day or week to week from this date.
Of course, the official launching of the site doesn't means that there will be no work and improvements done on this site. It only marks the point when all basic work in order to consider this site complete is done. We will upgrade the FAQ section with more valuable information including the libervis.com usage HOW TO as a help for using this site if you'll need it.
Besides that, this site will naturally always grow improving it's service and usability by growing it's dynamic content including articles, blogs and forum sections as well as links and downloads sections (when we would have download items).
Please, feel free to explore this site, and if you have any interest in open source/free software and any topic found and covered by this site, feel free to join.
I hope you enjoy using this site!
All that said, i believe that the official launching of this site will happen somewhere in the begining of august when it may just start flourish. However, you are free to join and help by posting at existing or start other related interesting threads . Early members may have some privileges. :-)
I'd like to keep you updated about what i am doing on this site so you be sure it's getting closer to it's final launch (at least version 1, version 2 would be yours to mold I designed a logo for this site, you might want to check it' 'story'.. Just click to read more..After a little research on appropirate freedom symbols and the way i can incorporate it into the logo of this site for it to visualy symbolize the meaning of the word libervis ('most free' or 'vision of liberty') and therefore the main principle of the site (freedom) i finaly designed the what is to be the official logo of this community portal. So let's describe it a bit (it's on top of the page). The logo generaly represents the eye that envisiones freedom to the whole world which is symbolized with the freedom logo in the middle and the shade of blue planet earth from the left. The freedom symbol in the middle is designed by Katherine Phelps and has been taken from here with the permission that is given on the site. She explains the symbol: 'I have created a symbol that I trust people will find useful and pass on. The image is of the sun rising out of a box. The idea is that we are better able to shine, to grow to our full potential, when we are able to live freely.'