Open Software

Open software is an important focus of research for UMaine’s research group Still Water for network art and culture.

The success of free and open computer applications such as Apache, Gnu/Linux, and Firefox proves that economies outside the capitalist model are not merely possible but also extraordinarily productive.

Still Water co-director Jon Ippolito investigates open software both as a theoretical paradigm and as a practical method for building applications.

Still Water projects frequently run on PHP, MySQL, and other open server languages, but Ippolito is especially interested in hybrid client-side techniques such as DHTML, object-oriented JavaScript, and remote scripting.