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Dreamwidth Studios: Bringing the Corner Store to Open Source Publishing

Aug 24, 2010, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

" Dreamwidth Studios' co-founder Denise Paolucci remembers growing up in a family-owned corner deli, some of whose customers had been eating there daily for decades. "They'd become part of the family, instead of faceless customers," she says. "That's stayed with me for my whole life. It's a business concept that you don't see much in today's world" — and one that Paolucci and co-founder Mark Smith decided would be part of Dreamwidth Studios' open source publishing platform from the start.

"At a time when lack of privacy on social networking sites is making mainstream headlines, Dreamwidth Studios stands out as an exception. In contrast to the shifting policies on Facebook, Dreamwidth promises its artistically-inclined users control of their data and transparency, all build upon free and open source software (FOSS) and transparent business models.

"So far, after two years of business, Dreamwidth is finding its corner deli approach an advantage in both business and code development. It also has the unexpected consequence of attracting an unusually high percentage of women to the project."

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