MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- He is the "anti-squatter."
A Pennsylvania entrepreneur who owns registered Internet Web site
domain names is allowing individuals and organizations to use many of them
for free to encourage people who develop Internet applications to share
information and contribute computer codes online.
Unlike others who purchase domain names and later fight with companies
over much-needed Web site addresses, OpenDomain.Org gives away the use of
these valuable assets to those who use open sourcing - the practice of
releasing previously proprietary software for free under license - to help
advance Internet technologies around the world.
While so-called cyber squatters typically seek money from start-up
firms or even large corporations requiring a certain Web address,
OpenDomain.Org believes those who use and support open sourcing shouldn't
have to wage a bidding war to secure a domain name.
"While we continue to see speculators buying and selling domain names
for hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars, what we are doing
is quite the opposite of cyber squatting - in fact, we're the
anti-squatter," said Ric Johnson, president of OpenDomain.Org. "We don't
sell domains nor do we transfer them. Instead, we buy domains so
organizations that share our view of responsible open sourcing can use them
for free in promoting these open technologies. It's a different way to
contribute to open sourcing, and it's the kind of collaborative spirit that
made the Internet possible."
In return, OpenDomain simply seeks a link on the Web sites of
organizations that use the domain names provided by OpenDomain to raise
awareness so that more groups can take advantage of the opportunity.
Many applications on the Internet that benefit the public, including
blogs, are a result of open sourcing.
OpenDomain.Org has donated several domain names over the past six years
to organizations and individuals involved in technologies for blogging,
instant messaging, spam protection and other online functions.
Organizations that have received domain names - many on the leading edge of
future Internet technology - are grateful for the support of OpenDomain.
"Domain names have long been one of the most contentious aspects of the
Web, and as with any area where resources are dear, the field has attracted
its shares of speculators who choose names not because of need, but to hold
them ransom," said Kurt Cagle, chief architect of Metaphorical Web.
"Thankfully, there are people like Cedric Johnson of OpenDomain.Org, who's
worked hard - and spent a great deal - to keep such domain names freely
available for those people who would actually develop resources to help the
open source and open standards community. He's helped me with the domain
xForms.Org that I'm developing, and I can only heap praise upon him for the
selfless acts that he continues to do."
Other developers agree.
"OpenDomain.Org acquired Drupal.Com at great expense, and in donating
it to Drupal, has shown sincere altruism and generosity and has made a
significant contribution to the larger effort of creating a great
open-source software product," said Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, an
open source content management platform. "OpenDomain's generous donation
will enable us to extend Drupal's presence and facilitate continued growth
of the Drupal project. We are very grateful for this contribution."
"With OpenDomain, we have been able to share vital information with the
Internet development community and educate the public about the power of
the file format XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language)," added Ron
DeSerranno, president of Mobiform. "OpenDomain has been instrumental in
helping http://www.XAML.Net exceed its goals."
"OpenAjax Alliance is very excited and appreciative of OpenDomain's URL
donation of OpenAjax.Org to OpenAjax Alliance. This enables a more
intuitive Web address for the alliance and the community," said Jon
Ferraiolo of IBM, speaking on behalf of the OpenAjax Alliance. "OpenAjax
Alliance is an open industry collaboration dedicated to developing and
expanding Ajax technologies, so donations like OpenDomain's help the
organization continue its growth and campaigns."
OpenDomain will continue to make its donations available to anyone
involved in open-source applications.
"We are pleased with the support we have seen for our efforts," Johnson
said. "We have received plenty of offers to buy domain names we own, but
we've never sold one. We remain committed to supporting open sourcing and
the entrepreneurs who are developing the future of the Internet."
With OpenDomain - the "Open Source for Domains" - organizations and
individuals can use a domain owned by OpenDomain and then freely put it to
good use. This enables domains that otherwise would stand empty to be used
for a good purpose and also offers an excellent opportunity to obtain a
relevant domain URL. Learn more at http://www.OpenDomain.Org. OpenDomain is
sponsored by http://www.Free.TV.
John Lambert Associates
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