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The Mercury News: Grants Promoting Unfettered Innovation

Apr 30, 2003, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Gillmor)

"Last Monday, the Open Source Applications Foundation reached an important milestone. It posted some software code on the Internet and invited programmers around the world to offer suggestions and improvements.

"The posting was an early--very early--version of 'Chandler,' the code name for an open-source personal information manager, e-mail and calendar program. The project and the foundation (www.osafoundation.org) are the brainchild of Mitch Kapor, a key figure in the personal-computer industry, and a talented group of other people who want to create a new, unfettered platform for innovation.

"They hit another, less-noticed milestone at the end of March, when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (www.mellon.org) awarded the project a $98,000 grant. The money is being used to see if Chandler--currently aimed at individuals and smaller businesses--can work on a much larger scale, serving the needs of huge universities..."

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