« Help with Linux | Main | Logos Wiki »

Recommended Link

Today I'd like to draw your attention to The SWORD Project, which I think is one of the most exciting open-source endeavors currently taking place. The CrossWire Bible Society is pursuing a number of projects, and their aim is "to produce a free, open-source, cross-platform Bible software engine: the SWORD API." I welcome the idea and personally feel it's got a great potential. I am finishing a review on MacSword (hope to post it soon!), which is the Mac OS X front-end for their search engine, and another one will follow on The Sword Project for Windows.

The whole thing works this way: different developers volunteer to build applications and graphical interfaces for the various platforms. Each application is OS-specific (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), but it is based on the same search engine and the same collection of electronic texts. This has a number of advantages. Although I would not say any of the incarnations of the core engine that I've seen and used is a "finished" product yet (particularly if you compare them with the commercial packages -- or even some of the more sophisticated freeware/software alternatives), we'll have to follow future enhancements very closely. It does look promising.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on March 24, 2004 3:11 PM.

The previous post in this blog was Help with Linux.

The next post in this blog is Logos Wiki.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.35