[Foundation-l] in defence of Google

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Mon Jan 22 03:10:08 UTC 2007

George Herbert wrote:

>On 1/21/07, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
>>With the feeling for a need of an alternate search engine, you will have
>>obviously considered a business model for this project, even "not for
>>profits" need business plans. This business plan will make plain why it
>>is a good thing to do but most of all how it will be possible to make it
>>a sustainable project. Sustainable as in being both able to scale and to
>>be there next year as well.
>As the recent Wikipedia fundraising drive demonstrates, it's one thing
>to start a collaboration project, but it's entirely another to keep up
>with your own wild success if you do take off.
>If you introduce the world's best, brand new search engine open source
>tech project tomorrow, that's more useful and open than Google, you're
>going to have a hard time managing the growth, by any standards,
>commercial or open source...
>To amplfy Gerard's comment, the "vision" has to include a business
>plan and some operational clue.
Absolutely!  We can't be everything for everybody.  But a more 
sophisticated internal search function would still be nice.


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