Thoughts on Alfresco's Open Source Business Model

I joined the Alfresco Product Management team about a year ago with the goal of helping Alfresco clarify our strategy around Alfresco Community Edition. I wanted to make it easier for adopters of Alfresco to benefit from the open source product, and easier for Alfresco to invest in further open source development. I did a lot of research into how customers choose Alfresco, and how they choose between Alfresco Community Edition and Alfresco One. The result of this effort was a lengthy blog post written in cooperation with the leadership team at Alfresco, with feedback from leaders of the Order ...

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Alfresco Community Edition September 2015

Alfresco Community Edition September 2015

Though a day late, I am publicizing our September release of Alfresco Community Edition. Yesterday we pushed out Alfresco Community Edition 201509 EA, which contains the 5.1.b builds of the Alfresco Platform and Alfresco Share. This release contains no new features, and a lot of bug fixes. Though still an Early Access release, our testing to date suggest that this is a solid build of Alfresco that we hope can be used widely. Because we have not completed our release verification process, we still recommend you do your own testing and think carefully before upgrading a production system ...

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2015 Plans for Alfresco Community Edition

Our last release of Alfresco Community Edition was at the end of March, so I should update you on our progress towards the next release. You have probably seen our announcements about releasing a number of modules to Enterprise Edition, but we have also been busy on enhancements to Alfresco Community Edition. Our plans for new features are listed below, but first I want to explain some changes we are making to how we release the product.

Product Evolution

As part of an effort we call “Release Agility”, we have been making Alfresco more modular and easier to release in ...

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Big Changes in Alfresco's Community Strategy

Big Changes in Alfresco's Community Strategy

Since closing our latest round of funding in August 2014, Alfresco has increased our pace of growth. At the same time, our community of customers, partners, employees, open source contributors, and developers have also been more enthusiastic and engaged. During Alfresco Summit 2014, I mentioned that we were working to restructure our community strategy so that we can better meet your needs as we scale the business. Last month, as I moved my focus to training my new team members and transitioning to my new role, I posted an update promising more details to come. This post contains those details ...

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Dell M3800 is a Great Linux Workstation

I recently replaced my aging Thinkpad with a Dell M3800. I selected it over the 15" MacBook Pro after spending almost a month with the MacBook. It is the nicest laptop I have ever had, and I am not the only one to highly recommend it as a Linux laptop for developers. My machine was actually shipped with Windows 8.1, as I received it about a month before Dell announced official Linux support.

This laptop is powerful enough to be used as a workstation (512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM, Intel i7-4712HQ CPU @ 2.30GHz, USB3, 15" screen), yet it ...

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OSX Just Doesn't Cut It

I have been surprised at the adoption of OSX by developers; it seems to have become the default choice, especially for open source savvy web developers. I find it especially odd when open source advocates tell me how they love free-as-in-freedom, but just can't give up their OSX. People frequently express surprise that I use Linux as my day-to-day operating system. I tell them that I can't work the way Steve Jobs dictates people work.

December was a bit quieter for me, so I used the opportunity to migrated to a MacBook Pro. It didn't work out ...

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Preparing for a Release of Alfresco Community Edition

Alfresco 5.0.c was released last December. The biggest complaint with Alfresco 5.0.c was our unfortunate (and accidental) removal of the administration consoles for workflows, models, and tenants (tracked as ALF-21133). This prevented a lot of installations from upgrading from 4.2. It took us longer than we expected, but Kevin Roast added them back last week and Douglas C. R. Paes tested them and blogged about them. Now we want to cut a release of Community Edition that includes them, and we expect it will be a 5.0.d.

Community Edition is released from the ...

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My Changing Focus at Alfresco

As many of you know, I have been gradually changing roles at Alfresco. I moved from being the Head of Community Relations to being the Product Manager for Alfresco Community Edition. Or at least my title changed; my job duties didn't change much. We know how important it is to keep supporting the community of Alfresco enthusiasts, and I didn't want to dive into my new duties without making sure my old ones were in good hands.

Instead of hiring a direct replacement to take over my previous role, we took the opportunity to restructure how Alfresco works ...

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The Right Business Model for Your Community

The Right Business Model for Your Community

The Challenge of Open Source

I have long been an advocate of Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS)—some would say "zealot" is a better term. However, when trying to build a business around open source, as either an entrepreneur or as a consultant, I was not successful. Five years ago I joined Alfresco. My dream was to be part of growing a sustainable business around an open source project, and I have enjoyed the journey. This adventure has forced me to develop more nuance in my thinking about business models and open source communities.

I have had to struggle ...

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Important Changes in Alfresco Community Edition 5.0.b

This fall has been a hectic time as we juggled Summit and the preparations for the release of Alfresco One Enterprise Edition 5.0. In the middle of Summit, our team completed the scheduled 5.0 features and got Community Edition 5.0.b out the door in order to receive feedback.

Unfortunately we failed to communicate about some of the important changes in that release. I want to apologize for that, and provide the additional details.

Removed Features

We took advantage of a major version release of Alfresco to do significant spring cleaning of the Alfresco code base. With ...

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