There was a time when open-source was a fringe development approach and open-source startups were considered rebels against close-sourced giants.
While products that market themselves as open-source alternatives to X may still have an air of rebellion, open-source founders regularly view open-source as the only option to achieve their mission.
Baily Pumfleet told us
“It was very clear from the start that [Calendso] will always be open-source, because we believe that scheduling should be accessible to everyone.”
John O’Nolan said
“Since the idea behind Ghost was to build the best software for publishers and journalists, it made a lot of sense to structure as a non-profit SaaS company, making open-source software.
Among last week's launches was an open-source alternative to Retool, and along with it, we rounded up 7 of the biggest open-source launches from the last year.
App builder tool for building on top of the data using
Calendar and scheduling tool to integrate into your product
Event collection and data integration
Screen recording and sharing
Omnichannel communication platform
(like Roam Research)
Knowledge graph for notetaking, research, and documentation
Kubernetes-powered PaaS that runs in your own cloud provider
Clubhouse-like audio rooms as a service
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