Mitch Kapor on Foxmarks

Behind Foxmarks is one of the most recognizable figures in the Open Source world, Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corporation, chairman of Mozilla Foundation, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and founder and chairman of the Open Source Applications Foundation.

This is the story of Foxmarks in his own words.

“I was using Safari and wanting to switch to Firefox. Using Safari and .Mac I had a way to synchronize my bookmarks across home and office machines and my laptop but there was no comparable solution for Firefox. I didn’t want to set up my own server and use Bookmark Synchronizer. Also, Bookmark Synchronizer doesn’t handle conflict management which was a real limitation for me. In a way, therefore, Foxmarks had a “scratch my own itch” origin.”

Together in this venture is long time fellow Todd Agulnick, developer of Foxmaks and its supporting service. “The basis of the hosted service is Cosmo, which is an open source sharing server developed by the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF), but the actual service is separate from OSAF. It’s also unrelated to Mozilla Corporation”, Kapor said.

On current and future development, he adds: “The beta testing period has been very fruitful. The software is getting to be quite polished. We expect to move into a larger co-location facility with beefier hardware next month to be able to handle a bigger user base. I don’t know when beta will officially end.”

“We’re actively thinking about where to take Foxmarks in terms of feature enhancements. There are a number of different directions it could go such as mobile web support but at this point it would be premature to say what will happen.”

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