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I finished my graduate degree last fall, and I knew it was time to upgrade my server. I haven't really touched it since October 2012, and I have grown increasingly paranoid that my server will get hacked due to the out-of-date web applications. So I finally carved out a weekend and got to work ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...