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  • OpenID launched
  • OpenID handed to Apache Foundation
  • OpenID Foundation launched
  • EFF launched
  • Slashdot launched
  • Ibiblio.org launched¬†
  • Free Cultural Objects Definition Published¬†
  • Firefox launched
  • GNUtella announced
  • HypeMachine launched
  • Apache launched (and the Foundation)
  • Sugar project separated from OLPC
  • Real releases some of their technology under the Helix project
  • Fluendo gifts their video codec to Xiph: Ogg Theora development begins
  • SourceWatch
  • On2's VP8 video code bought by Google and released an as open format (WebM released, WebRTC released)
  • HTML5 standard launched, including !<video!> tags
  • LinuxChix launched
  • Libre services http://www.freeprotocols.org/
  • Open Library http://openlibrary.org/about
  • Open Content Alliance http://www.opencontentalliance.org/
  • Orphan Books timeline at the end of: http://www.opencontentalliance.org/2009/10/07/google-claims-to-be-the-lone-defender-of-orphans-not-lone-not-defender/
  • Open Free Book Project http://www.freeopenbook.com/
  • International Internet Preservation Project http://netpreserve.org/
  • Open Video Alliance and Kaltura
  • Open Handset Alliance
  • Open Knowledge Foundation (creators of Open Content Definition?)
  • Autonomo.us 'Iterating towards freedom' blog launched with the Franklin Street Statement on Free Services
  • Mozilla Drumbeat
  • Amara.org video captioning and translation community: http://amara.org/en/
  • Vodo.net - video sharing platform using BitTorrent distribution, CC licenses, and soliciting donations for creators
  • voxforge.org - collecting samples of speech under GNU GPL license for use in generating free software for speech recognition


Notes:

  • - Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla launchesin
  • ¬†1999, although the FSF and GNU Project (1985) were 14 years old, the Linux kernel was 8 years old, and the Debian Project (1993) was 6, the phrase "open source" and the Open Source Initiative were only a year old.
  • SlashDot (1997) was only 2 years old, and DMOZ (1998) only a year old. Google (1998) was only a year old, and only a search page, which people flocked to because it was ad-free (true!). LiveJournal (April 1999), Napster (June 1999), and Blogger (August 2009) had *just* come out. The net had no , no DeviantArt (2000), no Wikipedia (2001), no CreativeCommons (2001), no BitTorrent (2001), no MySpace (2003), no 4Chan (2003), no Digg (2004), no FlickR (2004), no FarceBook (2004), no Ubuntu (2004), no Reddit (2005), no YouTube (2005), no Twitter (2006), no SoundCloud (2008),