In September, core developers of Mambo, the popular open source content
management system, announced a fork of the project, called Joomla!, with
virtually all active participants following the fork.
I caught up with Andrew Eddie, lead developer of the new Joomla!, to find out
more about the decision to fork the Mambo project, and to find out how things
are going so far.
LWM: I'll start with the hard question first: What led you to the decision to
Andrew Eddie: Forking is a very serious decision to make and one that I and
the team did not take lightly. In the words of Danny Devito in the "War of
the Roses," "There are no winners in a divorce, only degrees of losing."
Ultimately our decision to separate from Miro was made on the basis that Miro
had no respect for the decisions made by the Mambo Steering Committee (MSC),
the body that consisted of elected r... (more)
When people hear that open source software is often free and overall cheaper
than proprietary solutions, they're intrigued. But how much cheaper is
another question. What other costs are involved? This article examines the
budgetary impact of migrating corporate desktops to open source solutions.
This is one of many areas where open source can positively impact IT budgets.
The first step in evaluating the license savings on the desktop is to
determine which desktops in your organization are candidates for migrating to
Linux, OpenOffice, or both.
Step One: Inv... (more)
After all the buzz about SugarCRM at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo this
year in Boston, we caught up with the company's co-founder and VP of Open
Source, Clint Oram, to find out more about his hot new project.
How did you get started with SugarCRM?
The three of us who co-founded SugarCRM, Inc., and the SugarCRM Open Source
Project worked together in the CRM industry for several years and saw that
the time was right for a commercial Open Source CRM application. With my
previous company, I encountered Open Source software and quickly realized how
powerful a software development... (more)
Maria Winslow's Practical Open Source Blog
There is a lot of open source activity currently surrounding Java, from JBoss
and Geronimo (open source app servers) to MyFaces (an open source web
application framework - think Struts but better) to Spring (an open source
And now Harmony, an open source Java implementation, is in incubator status
at the Apache Software Foundation. IBM and Intel have both made contributions
toward the project.
The Harmony project mission (from the website):
- Create a compatible, independent implementation of J2SE 5 under the
Web site content management can be difficult, and commercial products can be
expensive. Luckily, a few open source projects are highly recommended for the
job. In fact, eWeek has claimed that Bricolage was one of the best content
management systems it has ever seen, even among commercial offerings, and
Mambo won best of show at LinuxWorld this February. In this article, I'll get
you started with an overview of these examples of production-ready open
Bricolage (http://bricolage.cc) is a free open source content management and
publishing system. Its full... (more)