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Alfresco is an free software / open source, open standards, enterprise scale content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. Its design is geared towards users who req... More

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AUDIENCE : developers
LICENSE : mozilla public license v1.1
Linux2 : posix : unix : windows 2000 : windows 2003 : windows 95 : windows 98 : windows nt : windows xp : PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE : java
jsp : USER INTERFACE : web-based

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Great For SMEs

Great for knowledge management and collaboration in SMEs - great UI and simple rules and workflow configuration allows you to get up and running in a matter of hours. Keep tweaking as you go along. Could definitely use more add-ons and functionality but a good starting point with great architecture - a Java/Spring backend, and a webscripts front-end API.

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Shared Web Folders Support

A cool feature that we did like was the ability to remotely mount the shared content drive so people can update content remotely.

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Hard To Manage And Adminster

I tested this on Tomcat, with a MySQL db. Here are my thoughts:
1) Configuration: Pain. You have to go muck around in a few config files, which is not a big deal, but if you don't do it just right, or you start it up before setting ALL the configs, you are basically hosed. You have to delete your lucene indexes, dump your db, recreate and start all over. Jeez.
2) Usability: Decent. SLOW to start up, compared to other apps.
3) Documentation: Average. Had to resort to hunting on Google, and then through the knowledgebase/wiki at alfresco.
4) Verdict: Use if only if you absolutely need something with a ton of workflows, etc. For basic content and document management, a simple SVN setup with post-config email scripts ought to work just fine. That is what I am going to do. I am ditching this solution for now, since it is too heavy weight for simple document management. If Google had a decent and secure data store for docs, we'd be done.
5) Opinion: A few simple changes would have made life a lot easier. For example, wishing to set up email templates requires manual work, and those changes are not automatically picked up by the system. You basically always need to have your admin in tow (usually you!). Make the system less dependent on an absolutely clean start-up/shut-down. It needs to be a lot more robust at startup time. It ran fairly well under low load for about 2 weeks, but as soon as we started customizing it, and made an error along the way, all hell broke loose.

So, see ya for now, and hello SVN with post-config scripts.

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Adopting Enterprise Open Source Software


Nagios sent me a reminder yesterday, which I finally got around to reading today, to update to the latest version of Nagios Core, 3.2.2. We were running 3.2.0, so we were a couple versions behind, so after browsing through the list of fixed bugs I thought it would be good to go ahead and upgrade. I had a meeting in fifteen minutes, and Nagios was actively monitoring servers in production. I considered for a moment waiting till after the meeting. After all, what if something went wrong during the upgrade, what if there was some unforeseen problem that caused disastrous results and caused me to miss the meeting? And then I remembered, this is Nagios. I did the upgrade, and made the meeting in time to get a cup of coffee on the way. This is how upgrades should work for everything.

Alfresco Decides Less is More: Switching to LGPL

Alfresco LogoAlfresco is switching licenses, again. This time the company is switching the license for its enterprise content management system to the GNU LGPL, away from the GNU GPL.

Alfresco's switch is possible because the company requires a contributor agreement to accept code into its repository. The agreement requires that contributors give Alfresco the ability to re-license the code in any way it sees fit. Good thing, too, because the company has changed its license twice in the past five years. Previously Alfresco used a custom license based on the Mozilla MPL, before it switched away from that to the GNU GPL.

The European Commission's Open Source-Friendly Stance Draws Fire

The European Commission is out with a white paper, downloadable as a PDF here, that calls for much broader and more standardized adoption of open source software across Europe. As IDG News Service notes, the white paper is getting both positive and negative reactions because of the bias it shows toward open source software. Jonathan Zuck, President of the Association for Competitive Technology, says in a statement: "It aims to facilitate digital cooperation among European administrations, but in effect it excludes many well-established technologies from being used for e-Government services due to a narrow definition of open standards. This will hurt first and foremost innovative tech start-ups that rely on patent protection to establish themselves in the marketplace." Will it?

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