[Freedombox-discuss] Joyent & node.js
dave at lab6.com
Mon Mar 21 04:29:31 UTC 2011
The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.
So I was thinking, who has _already done_ a Freedom Box business?
Sure enough, Joyent did this.
$ whois joyent.com | grep Created
Created on..............: 2003-12-06
These guys didn't launch a site that actually said anything for 18
months, and when they did, it was with a nice story that sounds
awful familiar to Gilmore's recent post to this list
about a "no sysad!" imperative:
Within a few months of that, they had a proper pre-sales page with
copy for their freedom box product+subscription offering:
"Buying a Joyent Connector is as easy as using one: $4950 + $65/month
service. And soon you’ll be able to get started with our hosted plans
starting at just $10/month for your entire team."
Another nice story:
Now, my vague speculation about what happened is that Joyent
realised the big bucks weren't in providing semi-freedom to SMEs,
but in cloud computing to megacorps, and that's all you'll see
today at http://www.joyent.com
But in that transition, they GPLv2'd their Connector software.
and, perhaps most significantly, they produced http://nodejs.org
I kindly suggest:
1. that node.js is the most suitable technology for FB interfaces today.
2. exploring the Internet Archive's copies of the joyent site
2005-2007 is worthwhile :-)
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