__/ [ asj ] on Tuesday 09 May 2006 14:23 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>> | I would not consider an open-source option simply because it is cheap.
>> | These vendors may claim near functional parity with commercial vendors
>> | such as EMC/Documentum and other well-known ECM vendors that charge
>> | $300 per seat or more for their software, but you have to take those
>> | claims with a pinch of salt. The open-source vendors do offer
>> | professional-quality software at a price that is difficult to match,
> You might try this...it's pretty big and complete:
Pushing this (a wee bit) into the realms of Open Source content management
systems, I have used several such packages for a couple of years. Among
them: phpBB, PHP-Nuke, WordPress, phpWiki, Scuttle, PHPBibMan.
Report on satisfaction is as follows: projects developed by one person
suffer from poor usability and lack of community to assist and support.
PHP-Nuke has been /extremely/ comprehensive and very reliable (on two
sites in fact). Not so easy to use however. I am very thankful to all who
created packages as such because, at the end of the day, I spend near zero
time maintaining or patching. I just *use* the packages. All are based on
MySQL and delivered by Apache upon Red Hat Linux. So how could I ever
I have taken a look at some commercial CMS packages and I was not only
appalled by the lack of features covered by some of them, but also the
poor looks, the lack of templates (often contributed by online
communities), and the ridiculous pricing. "How and why does anyone pay for
that junk?", is what I always shout inside my head. "It must be budget
sprees", I answer.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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