Got a response from the DemExp people
After I blogged about the DemExp, I thought, it would be fair to let them know and posted to their mailing list. Again, I think it's fair to publish the answer here:
Re: Thumbs Up Von: David MENTRE <firstname.lastname@example.org> (none) An: Alexander Mette <email@example.com> Kopie: firstname.lastname@example.org Datum: Gestern 22:24:52 [ You can make this answer public if you want. ] Hello Alexander, Alexander Mette <email@example.com> writes: > I just discovered your site and want to say, that you have a great project > there! :) Thank you. I would like to underline that the delegation system is, as far as I know, not implemented in any other system and is probably one of the most interesting part of demexp. The links you provide on other systems are useful, I did not know them. > But some criticism popped to my mind immediately. It's computer-centrical, but > I want to let you know never the less. I blogged it here: > > http://alexander-mette.de/tiki-view_blog_post.php?blogId=1&postId=240 And also thank you for the criticisms. No system is perfect and it is nice to have potential user with a fresh look on it. Regarding your criticisms: * We have no project wide RSS-feed but we have a demexp-announce mailing list. All our mailing lists are archived on Gmane that provides RSS feeds. And the two wikis (en/ and fr/) have RSS feeds. And my own blog also has an RSS feed. Maybe be we should start a demexp Planet with all those feeds ;-) * Our first *prototype* is centralized because, well, it is much easier to design and implement. It does not mean that the underlying concepts could not be applied to a distributed system. We would welcome any distributed implementation; * Regarding Glasnost, it was a Free Software (GNU GPL IIRC) implemented by the Easter Eggs company. Easter Eggs has discontinued support of Glasnost and is apparently continuing development of a "Glasnost II" but, as far as I know, it is not Free Software (or at least not available to the wide public). I don't have much more news than that. And, as a general note, we are currently lacking any security feature. This is a deliberate choice: we want to have a well defined system before finding threat models and means to solve those threats. Best wishes, d. Footnotes:  http://demexp.org/en/doku.php?id=mailing_lists  Except demexp-announce@, we should fix that.  http://dir.gmane.org/search.php?match=demexp  http://www.linux-france.org/~dmentre/blog/ -- pub 1024D/A3AD7A2A 2004-10-03 David MENTRE <firstname.lastname@example.org> 5996 CC46 4612 9CA4 3562 D7AC 6C67 9E96 A3AD 7A2A
I want to thank David for the answer and let this mail be uncommented here.