The only thing restricting OpenCATS from being that solution is the CPL terms for OpenCATS. To be frank, your terms are ludicrous and completely restrict it from being defined in the traditional "open source" sense. It's free as in beer, not as in freedom. You know this. Let's not argue this anymore. When you require branding, a link and RESTRICT usage....it's not true "open source", which is what you marketed CATS on for years. I have issue with that, I always have and always will. But, that's in the past and it's moot, so let's move on.
Anyone can write code for the openly available version for CATS, and redistribute it so that others who need an ATS can benefit. No one has written jack s*&*% beyond a few bug fixes and minor joomla integrations. I admire people like Russ and others who despite not having a strong programming background, are doing their best. At least they are doing something rather than rant about me and CPL restrictions. I know pretty much everyone who visits this forum and rants about CATS not being "truly open source". Who cares. It is what it is. I can write a treatise about the validity of the license and the history, but its a moot point. Everyone who has shown an interest in CATS is a professional recruiter or somehow involved in a commercial hiring/HR activity. People need to stop BS'ing and pretending to be open source puritans.
Its total BULLSHIT that CPL is preventing involvement in the project. The code is available, and any contributions to it will go under CPL for everyone else to benefit. Get it? Improve the code, and a school in India could use it, may be a NGO in Africa could streamline the hiring process. Where are the contributions???? How would an attributions of "Powered by CATS" possibly prevent a good cause???
There really are two main ways to go about it:
- Put together a fund, raise money or if you truly love open source like I do put your own money. I spent over $200k in the development of CATS (while I was giving away free copies to thousands of people under a pretentious license).
- Hire a developer, write code, improve the resume parser, fix bugs
- Stop worrying about CPL, its not going to change.
- Join open applicant or some other open source ATS
- Do a cleanroom implementation of CATS under GPL. (must be cleanroom and not a clone/copy/paste).
Lastly, I am still releasing open source software (http://www.catsone.com/downloads
) using my own money and will continue to do so...more apps coming. Everything is under GPL V3 to make all the open source puritans happy.
If anyone's interested in participating (writing GPL code, beta testing our applications, modules, and plugins), please let me know. We have a bunch of people doing just that, and I have given them free CATS seats in return. Everyone on this forum is welcome.