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Re: On Open Source Content Management

__/ [ asj ] on Tuesday 09 May 2006 14:23 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | 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:
> http://dev.alfresco.com/

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.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz
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