Breaking: Dimdim to discontinue free accounts and open source project in acquisition

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Great news for Dimdim staff and founders, but bad news perhaps for most of Dimdim’s paid and open source users: Dimdim was acquired by Salesforce.com according to a recent announcement.

Dimdim has been available as a Moodle integration for several years and is the first conference tool that I cut my teeth on in 2007.  It had been a viable open source project and relatively low cost software-as-a-service.  Both aspects of it’s business were popular webinar integration tools within the Moodle community.  From the official Salesforce/Dimdim notification,

Pursuant to the Dimdim Terms of Use (the “Agreement”) governing the use of Dimdim Inc.’s (“Dimdim”) Site and Services (as defined under the Agreement) by you (“You”), Dimdim is hereby exercising its right to terminate Your Dimdim Account and the Agreement in its entirety. Dimdim will continue to provide Services to you until March 15, 2011. Following March 15, 2011, neither You nor Dimdim shall have any further rights or obligations of any kind under the Agreement, including the right to access the Site, or receive or use any Services. Dimdim thanks you for your business, and wishes you success in the future.

While Dimdim will discontinue supporting the open source code at Sourceforge.net [http://sourceforge.net/projects/dimdim/] it’s possible that other developers could continue to maintain that branch or utilize that code as a foundation for a new open source webinar tool.  Unfortunate for the community of users (and more so if anyone made the jump from Wimba/Elluminate to Dimdim in wake of the Blackboard acquisitions last year, there still are several growing and viable open source/low-cost webinar services available.

Two open source alternatives available are*:

Other non-open source alternatives include,

If there are other please post them in the comments.

*While I might suggest looking into each, I cannot and do not endorse either.