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Web interface for Nameservers (aka CCSO, PH, QI) written in the PHP language.

by Aaron Hawley

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March 13, 2003 - PHPph 0.5 alpha is released.

June 21, 2002 - PHPph 0.4 is released.

May 15, 2002 - PHPph 0.3 is released.

February 9, 2002 - PHPph 0.2 is released.

February 5, 2002 - PHPph is official people directory at the University of Vermont. See http://www.uvm.edu/people/.

September 28, 2001 - PHPph in use at the University of Vermont. Was http://www.uvm.edu/phpph/.

September 16, 2001 - PHPph 0.1 is released.

September 13, 2001 - the PHPph project at sourceforge is created.


PHPph uses the PHP hypertext processing language, including PEAR packages, to connect to and retrieve responses from a ph server, which is an online electronic directory system, or online phonebook. It is also sometimes referred to as the "CCSO Nameserver".

Besides connecting to a nameserver, scripting was programmed for creating web interfaces to XHTML, the latest HTML recommendation from the W3 Consortium. So this is the home of a web gateway to CCSO nameservers using PHP.


There isn't one. This software is free software. So free, it isn't burdened by even a license or a copyright. Sourceforge categorizes it as public domain. The code may be stricken with the words public domain, or no copyright or anti-copyright. This will be an experiment in software licenses.

I was always inspired by The Free Software Foundation, the GNU folks, for pioneering the notion of free software. They claim public domain software is not free enough. However, one could argue some Open Source, free and more specifically Copyleft licenses like GPL restrict people's freedom from doing even evil things with the software. This would include selling someone's public domain software without source, redistributing software with new restrictions, or just modifying public domain software without releasing the improvements. Granted, copyleft ensures the freedoms of free software are extended to common users who don't know how to hack or have the money to exploit public domain code.

I believe uncopyrighted software expresses the true nature of free software. Uncopyrighted materials don't mandate morals and cooperation, but instead let users and developers use their conscience.

Anti-copyright-ed material also delivers where the true problem lies, copyrights. I feel that we must strive to rid ourselves of copyright, which has acted more as a barrier to the free exchange of ideas, then a tool for serving the public.

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