Today is Software Freedom Day and as a user of technology you should think about the programs that you use and understand the importance of the free software movement.
Depending on who you talk to, “free” it can mean different things but in terms of Software Freedom Day, “free software” refers to freedom and not price. Some of the core beliefs of both free software movement is that computers users should have the freedom to:
use the software for any purpose
study the software and modify it to suit their needs
distribute copies, either gratis or for a fee, and
distribute modified copies to help their community
I thought it was appropriate that I release the code for the SMARTER eVCS as an open source project dual licensed under the GPL V3 and MIT License. As I previously mentioned I hope that this will foster some community development and be a point for people to involve themselves in a community project of a different kind that I believe has yet to be done in Brunei.
It requires CakePHP for now and was built on an older version of CakePHP and somethings on the todo list are as follows
Move to AJAX instead of full page load for the user front end (admin can stay as is for now)
Responsive/Mobile site design
User login with each user having ability to manage multiple profiles
Possible remove the need for CakePHP all together to make it lighter
Next up will be the Android app source code release and also deploying the demo app online for people to play around and test. In the meantime, anybody willing to support, contribute or help can leave a comment / fork the code / spread the news. Any and all forms of participation is truly appreciated.
When I read this article about SMARTER Brunei seeking for help with regards to developing an e-Visual Communication System (VSC) to help their autistic individuals, I thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to help out. They plan to use an Android 2.2 tablet called an “e-pad”. I have pledged to code the application and am seeking out anybody else willing to help out in this project. So far there is some support from @emmagoodegg and @bahit. Anybody else interested do comment and specify what you can help out on.
Things to do in the near future: talk to the people in charge and get the specifications on the application.