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Part of the fun of being a product manager at Alfresco is the open source component of our business model. Product managers need to thoroughly understand the game they are playing, and open source software businesses differ from proprietary companies in important and nuanced ways.

The most fundamental decision that a business makes is in ...

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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really touched it since October 2012, and I have grown increasingly paranoid that my server will get hacked due to the out-of-date web applications.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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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As we near the release of Alfresco Enterprise Edition 5.0, Community Edition has evolved a lot. Community Edition 5.0.a was an opportunity for the Engineering team to get feedback on the improvements in the 5.0 source tree. Though it was a solid release, there was still a lot of new development ...