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Episode 0.6.8 – Growl and open source in the App Store with Chris Forsythe

Adam and Wynn caught up with Chris Forsythe, lead of the Growl project to talk about Growl, their App Store launch, and his work on Adium and Perian.

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Items mentioned in the show:

  • We recently launched The Sass Way so you can get your fix of all things Sass and Compass
  • Chris Forsythe is the project lead for Growl.
  • Growl is a popular notification system for Mac OS X.
  • Growl is now in the App Store and on GitHub
  • Chris was formerly the project manager for the Adium.
  • Your $1.99 will help send Chris to his first WWDC.
  • GrowlMail is now a separate project.
  • Over two hundred applications support Growl notifications.
  • Designers have created many visual Growl styles to make Growl look great.
  • Wynn’s favorite is Hud from @Rogie.
  • Growl now supports GNTP, allowing Linux and Windows notifications apps to share a common protocol.
  • Wynn uses Growl for visual feedback for his test suite.
  • Chris also is a founder of the Perian project, a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats.
  • Chris says that the GPL prevents Perian from taking the App Store path.
  • The OSI is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.
  • Chris relates the impact Steve Jobs had on his open source work.
  • Evan Schoenberg inspires Chris.

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