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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Just Over the Horizon and Under the Radar

A battle is brewing for a piece of some increasingly lucrative tech turf: Enterprise Content Management Systems (ECM). Analyst group IDC posits that the global Content Management market is growing at a steady rate and that software revenues from the segment will reach US$ 5.9 billion by 2010. The trend...

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The Web 2.0 CMS Race

The existence of a large and healthy crop of open source content management systems (CMS) is nothing new: Some claim more than 500 active projects are floating around out there in cyberspace. While the actual number of vital projects is most certainly much, much lower, the existence of relatively mature...

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Confessions of a Platform Agnostic

After my recent switch to Back to Mac, I’ve received a variety of comments from my more vocal friends and associates. The Mac users in the crowd uniformly gave me a hearty “welcome back to the fold” slap on the back (the unspoken subtext: “we KNEW you’d be back.”). The...

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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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Mambo Visual Blueprint

My first title for Wiley -- a visual guide to setting up the (now defunct) Mambo Open Source CMS.

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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