"If you've been questioning whether open-source projects can
move beyond mimicry and 'me-too' products to create significant
innovation, you might want to take a long look at The Long Now
Foundation's open-source Timeline/Calendar project. Conceived by
Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand and others as a
server-based rendering engine for timeline visualizations, the
timeline software is flexible enough to be tailored for a wide
variety of projects, abstractions, and time scales.
"Started by West Coast entrepreneurs--including parallel
computing pioneer Danny Hillis--The Long Now Foundation aims to get
people thinking slower and better rather than faster and cheaper.
'In my work on parallel computers,' Hillis said, 'I met a lot of
people who were obsessed with speed. My customers were always
looking at 'faster, faster.' So I naturally began to think of
'slower' as the unnoticed frontier...'"