Using Opensource as publicity


“Dimdim is made available primarily as an enterprise edition and as a Virtual Machine appliance, but an open source community edition has also been made azamvailable to developers under the GNU General Public License (GPL), giving them the option to install and host Dimdim in their own networks. The most recent open source version, released in December 2008 and hosted at, is V4.5 “Liberty”. Distributives of the system for the installation to several OSes, Virtual Machines and the corresponding documentation are available in several archives on the Dimdim site[6]. Dimdim can be integrated with the e-learning platforms MoodleClaroline and Docebo, the collaborative suite Zimbra and the CRM software SugarCRM. Unlike Dimdim’s web-hosted services, the Dimdim open source server does not restrict the number of attendees or simultaneous meetings allowed.

Dimdim has come under heavy criticism lately by a large section of the community for not releasing an open source version after the 4.5 version. It has been accused of using open source as a means of publicity but never actually being committed to the community. The lack of a proper public repository and no communication between the developers and the community further questions the intent.

Currently (December 2010) searching through the dimdim site there is no download for the Opensource version and the only way to download it is from the Except for the forums section, there is no mention of the OpenSource version on the new site”

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