How s2r uses open source software

Well we here at s2r use a lot of open source software, that is not to say we don't use some proprietary or custom made software from time to time, but that's mostly when you get into that kind of situation where if you want your project to come to life and there is no alternative, you have to make it on your own, but for the most part the logic to use a stable free platform, not only saves time of not doing ourselves but more important it give you the freedom to work on the frontside and the community and the service and not so much on what and how it works... like... you want to bake a cake, you could buy it made, but making it and fiddling with the dosages and making the recipe your own is way more fun and more pleasurable... right ^_^ but you don't want to go all out and plant the grain and sugar cane and make flour and sugar and have chickens for the eggs... that is awesome in its own way but i like my balance of awesomeness hehehe, soo what are our favorite and most used open source software and why do we use it?

Used extensively

Wordpress > There is a reason why it is widely used, its a solid blog/light cms system that can be configured to do a 1001 different things

SMF > My favorite Forum Software, just cause its breakneck solid and feature complete

Drupal > By far my personal favorite cms, its still not perfect but it works perfectly and very modable, still its not that user-friendly and takes a long time to make stuff shine

Zenphoto > Don't know... i just like how it works, simple and to the point gallery software, if it doesn't have a feature its kinda easy to make it and it just works

Not used extensively but still used and recommended

bbPress > wished it was more solid, still a good and simple forum software (i'm always between bbPress and Vanilla)

Joomla > second best to drupal, a very good cms, its just not that matured and it sometimes breaks hard

Elgg > social networking, its very plain and still needs a lot of work

FluxBB > punBB fork, since punBB was sold to a commercial company and it kinda seems to be going on another direction now...

Formerly used but dropped for some reason

PhpBB > even with the new version, its still a mess of a software and it needs constant attention and care to make it work as it should

Gallery > too many options but not the ones i wished, i kinda would like it more, if it was a lightweight flickr, but its more a oversize personal gallery

PHP-Nuke > basically one developer, with security breaches from time to time and too cluncky and unworkable

Movabletype > it was pretty cool before it went full commercial and now that is kinda open source its much better, but i just don't trust a company that flips all the time with my sites ^^

PunBB > dont like the direction they are going, besides now its moved by a commercial entity (not that a lot of other open source software dont do the same, mostly cause i dont like the direction hehehe)

Updates on s2r blog

Ok a bit of a change to s2r blog, from now on, i'll post a convenient title instead of just the date hehehe, also i'll start posting about other stuff, besides well s2r stuff, you know tidbits of brilliance and new projects and whatever i feel it fits the mood ^^


Yay ^^ still working on new sites and improving several of the existing sites, just finished its a adult gif gallery, seems there arent really good ones out there, so there you go muahahah ^-^ it has like almost 1000 adult gifs, about 1.2 GB worth and i'll post more soon heheh, also i've reworked and upgraded , it should look cool and spanky... and it should work like a charm now (cleaner/quicker layout and new spam protections do make a diference) ^~^

Also work is being done on (bug fixes, beta status), (reworking a bit of the layout and link section), on the 2 networks that also went down with the ning fiasco, is still in the works and is on hold for now, and a bunch of other sites are still being worked on as usual hehehehe... thats about it for now


Big improvements and news, so after ning shut us down, I've reworked panchira and turn it back on, it isn't perfect but it is getting there, still it is pretty good how i can change stuff and have complete control over the content and functions... unlike with ning where i had no control whatsoever, tentakle has also a new face... since kusaba (the software that used to run tentakle) stopped being developed, i've had to change the software used, after a bit of searching and testing, it is now working with new software and new visuals, more stuff on that soon and as well with a lot of other sites ^_^

Regarding ning, well i think ning is actually a pretty cool and somewhat stable platform, and i still think that it provides a lot of useful features and function for a lot of types of niche social networks, but despite that, this is what i think... hosting and software as a service is a mistake, it takes all your control... software, content... you are really not creating your own community you are like creating a facebook group and if facebook doesn't like it for whatever reason, they will shut you down and you will be burned and with no way back from all the posts you made and all the cute nice people you were friends with and all the investment of time you made and in the end that was my problem... my recommendation is, if you are going to make a small niche network about plain ordinary stuff (mons and dads, cooking, traveling) you are probably pretty safe with going with something like ning, even though i would probably recommend something like or or instead of ning, just cause i don't like how ning operates and how support works and how people are two faced, one day friendly and helpful the other they don't give you a second glance, that's is no way of addressing a paying customer or even a normal user... EVER! (gina bianchini you can kiss my cute ass), but if you want to have a thriving social network or forum or wiki that has a good chance of having a long and happy life, then do it yourself and get yourself some hosting and social network software (if you need help on that you can always contact me) and do it yourself, just do it... you will learn more, you will be able to have backups of everything and you and your friends will be happier ^_^

Regarding kusaba, well the developer decided to end it and do something else, that's cool... no point in dragging around your feet when you dont have the will to carry on, what i don't understand is the complete cut, dropping down his site, disappearing, not only did he lost a good asset with kusaba, he also dropped the ball on all his users, he could have made this a much nicer and simple transition (to his new software), but no... well now i don't trust his punk ass and i will probably never use his software ever again, even if its fantastic... cause most likely he will drop the ball again... silly stuff humm ^_^