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JaikuEngine Gets Open Sourced 41

volume4 writes "The switch has been flipped and Jaiku has been moved to App Engine. Google will no longer be developing Jaiku, so the code and the future of Jaiku is in the hands of the open source community. From the Jaiku blog: 'Today, we are open sourcing the Jaiku code base under the Apache License 2.0. The code is available as JaikuEngine on Google Code Project Hosting as of now. Anyone can set up and run their own JaikuEngine instance on Google App Engine.'" We discussed Google's purchase of Jaiku in 2007, and their subsequent decision to halt development a few months ago.
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JaikuEngine Gets Open Sourced

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  • by bobetov ( 448774 ) on Sunday March 15, 2009 @11:00AM (#27199935) Homepage

    Let me just start this discussion off with a great big "Attaboy!" to our top-notch Slashdot editors.

    For those of you not intimately related with all of Google's many acquisitions, etc. Jaiku is a microblogging and social-networking site. JaikuEngine is the underlying tech that makes it work. Seems to be written in Python. Designed to run on Google Apps.

    There, was that so hard?

    • by jkajala ( 711071 ) on Sunday March 15, 2009 @11:13AM (#27199993) Homepage
      Jaiku was originally mobile-only microblogging, as far as I remember. The web interface came later. The original client was developed for Nokia Series 60 (C++). Not sure about the server side, might have been Python. Also, the Google Apps integration came later, after the acquisition. One of the unique selling points (from Google's point of view) was (disclaimer: I'm guessing) how Jaiku enhanced S60 default Contacts list to presence.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      My first reaction is that it sounds like Microsoft's Hailstorm (aka .Net My Services, aka "your wallet on the Internet"). Microsoft was positioning it to be the killer app for the .Net platform, but instead it died under a, err, hailstorm of withering criticism about Big Brother and the potential for abuse.

      Google is starting to attract the type of fear and loathing once reserved for Microsoft in the '90s (and IBM in the '80s, AT&T in the '70s), so maybe they decided not to risk the PR hit they'd likely

    • I get social networking, but what the fuck is microblogging? When is a blog a micro? Is there a minimum limit before somebody's blog is degraded in status, like Pluto?

      • Typically, only 140 characters of text is allowed. That's microblogging (like sending out SMSs, but over the internet dude/ette).

      • The "micro" part nominally means that entries are typically capped to whatever will fit in an SMS (although it's unclear whether SMS usage is still common).

        The more interesting property relates to subscription. Like RSS, you start receiving updates from contacts you've explicitly selected. Spam-proof, and highly conducive to emergent conversations. (If you're a Facebook user, this is kind of like the News Feed.) Here's another way to look at it: logging into your microblog is like joining an enormous IRC

    • by fm6 ( 162816 )

      This is mainly the usual Slashdot editor laziness. But there's a certain mindset here that's pretty common online. It says that the world is divided between those who know WTF you're talking about and those that that you don't give a Foxtrot about. How many times have you gone to a web site that claims to be the authoritative source for information about the Regularized Blivitron Server, but doesn't have one word about what BVS is?

      Ironically enough, there is one editor with a degree in journalism, so he pre

    • by dinther ( 738910 )

      Thanks, you that was exactly the part I wanted to know. Now I know, I no longer care :-)

  • is this just a way to through Jaiku into the open in the hopes that a community will adopt it like a free puppy?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15, 2009 @12:52PM (#27200687)

    Clouds hide Mt. Fuji;

    But a crooked tree halfway

    Class extends has been deprecated!

  • Why continue development for an app that runs on a single platform when one can use an app that can run on any LAMP setup on the planet? []

  • There is already an OSS platform for this, its called laconica, there is a public deployment on []

  • and therefore can't be past tense.

    The headline should read: Jaiku's creators release it as open source.

    That version also fixes the passive voice.

  • Does this mean that the general public will have access to the Jaiku Engine, enabling us to create our own little social networking sites if we so choose? I'm sorry if I am not as informed as most, but I'm working on it. Thank you to those who are.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein