Building a scalable virtual community on commodity hardware and open source software


Thesis (M. Ing. (Computer and Electronical Engineering))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2009.The information era has brought upon us waves of change that brings affordable technology Within the reach of the average person. Computers connected to the Internet, part of our daily living, have led to the formation of online communities. In the spirit of communal efforts, a community cannot be controlled or managed into a specific form or direction. A community has a need to concentrate its efforts towards a common goal or vision, therefore sufficiently nonrestrictive infrastructure is needed to enable the community members to contribute towards their goal. We design and build infrastructure to support a virtual community, according to the needs of the community. Community members can easily locate and exchange files among each other, interact in private and public chat rooms by means of instant text messages, as well as make announcements and participate in group discussions in a Web based environment. Additional needs are identified and tended to by means of various value adding services. We also formulate a management strategy to lead the community towards self-sustenance.Master

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