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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 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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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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I have been slow to share my thoughts on the Alfresco community since taking over for Jeff Potts two months ago. I am excited about my new role as Alfresco's "Head of Community", but I have been very busy managing my responsibilities while also completing our preparations for Alfresco Summit. I thought I would ...

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I have been asked to produce a number of videos lately, mostly tutorial screencasts. These videos usually involve a series of screen recordings (video screen captures) with audio. Since some of these videos are for my employer, it is important that I am as productive as those using tools on other platforms. I would prefer ...

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The CMIS browser in version 4 of LibreOffice is a great example of what we at Alfresco hoped people would do with this standard. It makes it very easy to access your content in Alfresco (or any other CMIS compliant repository) and take advantage of content management features like check-ins and metadata.

I want to ...

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I stumbled across this interesting post from 2009 detailing the principles behind an Open Source Hackers Cooperative:

http://scale-out-blog.blogspot.com/2009/08/building-open-source-hackers.html

It is interesting that Robert Hodges was thinking about the same issues around an open source cooperative I was testing with Coopercate. It is neat to see that he came to ...

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Two years ago I started putting my plans for a technical cooperative into practice. I put up a site at coopercate.org, and I started cold-calling charter schools who I thought would be interested in a community of education technologists and the associated IT services we would provide. I got a few paying customers, but ...