The Lights Beyond LAMP

The 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report showed clearly the ongoing dominance of PHP-based content management systems. While the LAMP stack may be the leader in the arena of web content management, it is certainly not the only game in town. For the 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share...

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Content Management, of the Fierce variety

Fierce Content Management published today an interview I did a week or two ago with editor Ron Miller. The article is the latest in their series of one-on-one chats with industry insiders. In the words of the publisher, the series provides “in-depth interviews and conversations with the leading ECM minds...

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Smaller budgets, not smaller deployments

My fave tech industry insider, The Reg, today reports on an IDC study that indicates the recession is speeding adoption of Linux. The conclusion mirrors what we’ve been seeing at water&stone as well, that is, while the downturn has lead to a few people deferring projects, many have not, choosing instead to consider...

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Year of The Hat

Will 2007 be The Year of the Hat? We’re well into the second quarter and so far Red Hat is making all the right moves. Even the financial analysts are starting to trumpet the firm’s praises, with one Credit Suisse analyst upgrading Red Hat shares from “neutral” to “outperform” just...

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Open Source 101

I am frequently amazed at the lack of awareness of open source issues regularly exhibited by IT decision makers. I’m not talking about the people inside the server room but rather the people on the other side of that deceptively thin barrier. The bad news is, of course, the guys...

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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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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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