DMOZ Open source category dissection

Story

Frustrating seems to be the word which better describes a DMOZ user experience.

Long story short: I submitted a site to DMOZ four years ago. Then submitted it again after 2006 crash were all DMOZ data was lost. But site not listed yet.

Then I went to every place were DMOZ credited editors reply to users questions. And read carefully what editors have to say about sites not being listed. Unable to find a suitable answer I asked my own question getting the same speach again.

Finally I decided to review every site in the category I submitted my site to. This should have explained why my site was missing. But as you can see in the next paragraphs it ended up talking more about the editor in charge. And the general DMOZ policy about the directory content.

Step-by-step review

You can see the links for Open source category at August 4, 2009 in Apendix A. The footer text reports last updated “18:43 PT, Thursday, May 28, 2009”.

NOTE: By no means this review is intented to judge the content/applications of respective websites.

The Open source DMOZ category counts with twenty nine links. The first one is the well-know open source directory sourceforge.net which stands top one with a star by its side. They deserve that position and distinction.

The second site is AcademicEdge. A college/university administration oriented software. Build up using up tu date technology including but not limited to Java, MySQL, NetBeans, and Web Sphere. Ready to use over an open source architecture but not an open source software. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks to you. The second site on the list is not an open source software. God.

Fourth site is a collection of scripts in source format. The site looks pretty plain but seems to be useful. The interesting point is that the author tell us about his scripts: “I recognize that this license is not OpenSource, this is quite deliberate” [http://marginalhacks.com/License/]

H2O Project seems to have been a good idea in 2004 when last updated. The mailing list referred in the site are empty. Only two files for downloading, one last updated in 2004.

Jtrix is a good one. DMOZ added along this entry the text “No longer maintained“. The site reports last updated 2002.

Kulak commander is a project at sourceforge.net which provides a remake of Norton Commander for Windows. The web site has three of four pages and is a subsection of the first site on the list. No reason to be listed. Specially when as of February, 2009 more than 230,000 software projects have been registered there.

Open privacy initiative seems to be another great idea not updated recently. Last published date is a article at September, 2001.

PageBox is another sourceforge project which lacks merits for being listed by itself here. Last forum post reports a problem with Office 2003.

Smartcard Key Storage site is the home of the 0.1 alpha version of a software for storing PGP keys on Smart cards [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_card]. The first and only version was uploaded March, 2002. Storing PGP keys on smartcards is absolutely useless today as everybody uses pendrives for such purposes.

tridiaVNC site starts with the heading “EFFECTIVE July 31, 2005 TRIDIA CORPORATION IS DISCONTINUING…development and distribution of the products marketed as TridiaVNC and TridiaVNC Pro”

WayV is a project last updated in 2003 at its 0.3 version.

wxChecksums is yet another sourceforge.net project listed here with no apparent reason. Last version published 2004.

As you can see eleven over twenty nine links don’t comply with DMOZ guidelines. Most category content is outdated or irrelevant. And there is at least one site waiting to be listed here. We all know there is thousand of sites waiting. But nothing happens.

Apendix A

  • SourceForge * – Thousands of open source projects hosted. offering access to CVS, mailing lists, bug tracking and message boards/forums.
  • AcademicEdge – A college and university administration software suite for student recruitment, admission, registration, financial aid, and bursar functions. Includes product overview and technical information.
  • Business Readiness Rating – A new standard model for rating open source software, with the goal of giving companies a source for determining whether the software they are considering is mature enough to adopt.
  • DaveSource Marginal Hacks – Collection of utilities, most of which are written in Perl. Includes HTML photo album generator, Web invitation system, basic HTTP server, and an ‘extensible’ mail filter.
  • Debrief – Submarine maritime tactical analysis application. Used for analysis of maritime vessel tracks in 2 and 3 dimensions.
  • FLOSS Manuals – In an attempt to provide free documentation for free software, this wiki lets anyone read, write, remix articles or textbooks on any open source application and download them in PDF format.
  • GASP: GAming Services Platform – News, information and downloads for this Java based mobile gaming platform. (Java)
  • GNU Project and Free Software Foundation – Home of the GNU operating system, the GNU General Public License, and the Free Software Foundation. The Open Source Movement branched off from the Free Software Movement in 1998. The Linux kernel is normally used together with GNU.
  • GnuWin32 – The project provides various GNU tools and software for Win32.
  • H2O Project – Community-based development of educational software. Contains code for the projects and a mission statement.
  • InDefero – Offers a free project hosting solution with versions management, bug tracking and documentation.
  • Jtrix – An open source computing platform for developing adaptive, scalable applications. No longer maintained.
  • Kulak Commander – Dual-panel text mode file manager. Built-in text editor with syntax highlighting, hex editor, FTP support. Does not change registry, small enough to fit on a floppy. (C++) [Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP]
  • Left Free Open Source CD Compilation – Distributes a CD compilation of free software for Windows, oriented for beginners. Each application is accompanied by a tutorial in PDF format.
  • Open Channel Foundation – Hosting open source projects and software from academic and research institutions and providing commercial services.
  • Open Disc – Compiles and distributes a CD-ROM containing a selection of open source software for Windows. Includes a forum and a FAQ section.
  • Open Journal Systems – An open source journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the federally funded Public Knowledge Project. List of features, documentation, online demonstration, and download. [GLP]
  • OpenChrome Project – A project for the development of free and open-source software, including drivers, for the VIA UniChrome video chipsets.
  • OpenPrivacy Initiative – An open source collection of software frameworks, protocols and services providing a cryptographically secure and distributed platform for creating, maintaining, and selectively sharing user profile information.
  • OpenSourceSchools.org – To foster the adoption and successful use of free and open source solutions in education.
  • The OSSwin Project – Project to build a directory of open source software which is able to replace much of the proprietary software most Windows-users use nowadays.
  • PageBox – A facility to deploy XML, servlets or JSP presentations on Java servers.
  • PortableApps.com – Provides packaged software suitable for use on portable media, without leaving settings files on the host computer. Includes developer information, discussion forums and downloads.
  • PyKota.com – Downloads, wiki, support and mailing lists for this print quota and print accounting package for use with the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS).
  • Schoolforge – An international coalition of organizations fostering free and open resources in and for education.
  • Smartcard Key Storage Daemon – Smartcard Key Storage Daemon is a Linux application used to store encryption keys on smartcards.
  • TridiaVNC – This cross-platform, remote control software is the only fully supported, documented, enhanced release of VNC.
  • WayV – Extends the functionality of the mouse by allowing gestures to represent actions.
  • WxChecksums – Calculates and verifies checksums. (C++) [Windows, GNU/Linux]