Scott Nesbitt interviews Framasoft about “Sharing open source alternatives to Google’s online tools”
SN: Why did you choose the particular applications that make up Framasoft’s suite?
Framasoft: First, it has to be a free and open source software. Choosing closed source software would be contrary to our principles.
Then, the software must be mature enough to be used by an average user (not a geek). A set of minimal features has to be there, as well as a user experience that makes usage simple.
The quality of the documentation is also important, from the point of view of the end user as well as the developer.
I checked out the Framasoft Portal. They have a variety of open source web apps available for you to try and use. They are providing an open source alternative to Google.
SN: Where do you see Framasoft in two years? In five years?
Framasoft: We do not want to get bigger. Framasoft will definitely stay an actor of the free software community.
We recently decided to give a bigger part to our political influence. We wanted to stay as neutral as possible because freedom has no political colors. But we are now aware that our actions are not only a question of software. Free software is politic in itself. Now we’re trying to focus more on activist groups that help us move toward this ideal world vision by providing tools and support for their missions.
In the past, as a joke, we often said that we were about to change the world. Actually, we are.