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 set of features includes intuitive and highly
configurable administration, workflow, permissions, templates, server-neutral
output, distribution, and document management. It was designed to manage
dynamic online content with multiple contributors for a complex web site, but
can be used to m... (more)
When the North Carolina Cooperative Extension needed to overhaul the computer
system for 1,200 users in multiple remote locations, systems programmer
administrator Janyne Kizer found that Linux on thin clients was the best
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is a joint effort between the state
of North Carolina, most of the state's 100 counties, and NC State University.
Each participating county has an office that accesses the system, which
serves a network of agricultural support staff. 4-H agents, state
agricultural agents, plant pathologists, etymologists, and ... (more)
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... (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)
The Associated Press (AP), the world's oldest and largest news agency, offers
a service that allows news providers to integrate AP online content directly
into their Web sites. The service, AP Hosted News, is used by approximately
600 affiliate newspapers and broadcasters. The service handles between
150,000 and 500,000 pages of content per affiliate per day, supporting 11,000
concurrent users. MySQL, a free open source database, has been the backbone
of AP Hosted News since 2002. From Informix to MySQLAP originally used
Informix for the online news service, but the development t... (more)