Mambo Community Back on Beat

This week saw the premier of two long-awaited resources for the increasingly active Mambo Open Source community: Mambo-Extensions.com, and Mambo-Manual.org Mambo Manual is a community-driven wiki project. The site provides assistance for users and acts as a supplement to the documentation resources provided by the Mambo Foundation. Mambo Manual is...

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Open Source as Catalyst

The industry trades are rife with discussion of Open Source business models. The debate rages on about whether they are valid and sustainable or whether there are self-cannibalizing and doomed to failure. But to me, the vast majority of this debate misses the key point by focusing on only two...

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Tough Love for the Friends of FOSS

Open Source, open architecture, open systems, open standards. OSS, FOSS, FLOSS — free free FREE! If there’s anything to Gartner’s infamous hype cycle, Open source must fast be approaching some sort of critical zenith. But, as a non-technologist friend of mine stated the other day with just a hint of...

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Getting a Grip on the Flow

In any organization the ebb and flow of email is a complex, fluid dynamic. The larger the organization, the more important it is to have a good handle on where those flows are going and how they are being managed. Two new Open Source products can help you get a...

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Of Communes, Contracts, & Codesets

Here’s a bit of personal trivia for all of you: I used to live in an intentional community (that’s the politically correct euphemism for a “commune”). Many times when I talk to people about Open Source software communities, I think about it in terms of living in community. There are...

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The OS Developer’s Pledge to the Community

What is the nature of the relationship between the Developers in an Open Source project and the members of the Community. What sort of obligations exist? To whom does one owe duties and loyalties? Is there — god forbid — some sort of contract implied in the relationship? I did...

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Great News and More

I am well-known to my friends as an information junkie. Information overload? Ha! No such thing. I just need bigger barrels so I can get it into my system. This last week I found two tools that help me manage: PubSub and Great News. Info junkies are loving the proliferation...

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Getting Started with osCommerce

Looking to build an online store for yourself or for a client? Debating among various open source solutions? Thinking about cobbling together a customized solution with a database and an open source shopping cart? Don’t bother; look no further than osCommerce. osCommerce is an open source catalog and shopping cart...

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Open Search Opens Up

Amazon’s search startup, A9.com, has launched a new service called Open Search and it may shake things up a bit. Read on to see how this new open standards search offering works and how it might impact the industry. A9 is a late-comer to the search engine wars and has...

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Book Review: Google Hacks 2

Authors Calishain and Dornfest are back with even more tips, tricks, and hacks aimed at the Google search engine and its family of related services. Like the first edition, the second edition relies heavily on programming techniques that make use of the Google API. Unlike, the first edition, the second...

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