Review: Kivio 0.9.1 - page 3
Going With the Flowcharts
Kivio is one of a slew of offerings that are about to come out of the theKompany.com, which is described by its president and CEO as "the only commercial company focused on KDE."
That person is Shawn Gordon, whose new company is moving through the KDE community like an expert buyer through a curio shop. Like that curio shopper, Gordon is picking up attractive, perhaps a tad worn-down items, dusting them off and seeing if he can make them work better.
This gentle "are you finished with this?" approach is serving Gordon well so far, having already released PowerPlant, a commercial offering of Linux development tools.
Kivio is the next product to likely ship out theKompany.com's door. Originally called Queesio, this application was the creation of software developer Dave Marotti.
Marotti had begun to put together Queesio as a Linux flowcharting alternative and received some impetus to approach the KOffice development team to see how his application could fit within their framework.
"Prior to Shawn approaching me, I received an email from someone asking if I had ever thought about porting Queesio to KOffice," Marotti related. "I sent an email to the KOffice mailing list and a few of the other KOffice/KDE developers asking if anyone wanted to help port Queesio over to KOffice/KDE. I received no response, so I dropped that idea."
KOffice's loss was theKompany.com's gain, Marotti continued.
"It was actually the same week (or the next, I don't remember) that Shawn approached me and asked if I wanted to get together with theKompany.com to do a KOffice/KDE port. I agreed, and now we are working together to fill a void in the list of Linux applications," Marotti said.
While Gordon fully intends to make money on all of these KDE-related ventures, he does not intend to deprive the Linux community of open source applications. Gordon announced that his company will be releasing Kivio as a GPL product, free of charge.
Customers who acquire Kivio will have the source and the binaries for the basic Kivio product, Gordon explained. The stencils' data, he added, will be copyrighted and sold to customers on an as-needed basis. The basic flowcharting shapes stencil set will be included free with the Kivio release, but the set's source will remain closed.
If additional sets are needed, customers will be able to purchase them for about $5 each and add them to their personal stencil collection.
Gordon also detailed the addition of a stencil builder module to the basic Kivio application, which, when installed, will enable users to create their own stencils in an automated fashion. This stencil builder would not be open sourced, and would sell for around $50.
With this revenue plan in place, Gordon hopes to become a successful commercial presence in the Linux arena.
If Kivio can work out its beta glitches, theKompany.com will have a strong entry into this new market it is creating.
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