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Can open source take down Ribbit?

How tough would it be to build something like Ribbit, based on Appcelerator, and distribute that under the GPL? That would certainly get the frog into someone's throat.

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The big story today is Ribbit, a Web telephony program based on Adobe's Flex.

It has a fairly typical end user license agreement, and the New York release party was huge.

Have you ever noticed how the bigger the party, the fewer rights users are given?

The point is that while Ribbit is cool, and can embed telephony into any Web application, it's ripe for some open source competition. I wrote just last week about how Appcelerator is aimed directly at Flex, only licensed under the GPL.

So how tough would it be to build something like Ribbit, based on Appcelerator, and distribute that under the GPL? That would certainly get the frog into someone's throat.

Of course the launch party would look a lot less like an old-fashioned Wall Street Christmas blow-out and a lot more like a typical January birthday party, maybe with a small cake and some gag gifts.

But those who downloaded such an application would be getting all the rights the Ribbit EULA denies them. I think that would more than make up for it.