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I am frequently amazed at the lack of awareness of open source issues regularly exhibited by IT decision makers. I’m not talking about the people inside the server room but rather the people on the other side of that deceptively thin barrier. The bad news is, of course, the guys with the teakwood tables tend to want to be involved in decisions relating to a firm’s IT direction. Though they may not be able to tell the mail server from the fax machine, they seem compulsive about being consulted on larger IT issues (defined as “those with dollar figures attached”).
MySQL CEO Marten Mickos spoke Wednesday at IDG's Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. He presentation focused on Open Source Business Models. As part of that he offered a list of the different ways he's seen open source manifest itself in the market.
He lists (as per InfoWorld):
* Donations are needed, such as with the Apache and Eclipse foundations.
* Ads and placements are sold, like with Mozilla.
* Fees are charged if the free software is embedded in closed-source software. MySQL is an example of this.
* Services are fee-based, such as with Ubuntu.
The existence of a large and healthy crop of open source content management systems (CMS) is nothing new: Some claim more than 500 active projects are floating around out there in cyberspace. While the actual number of vital projects is most certainly much, much lower, the existence of relatively mature solutions like Mambo, Drupal and Plone prove that the open source CMS market is at the healthiest state in its history and that users now have more viable choices than ever.
A friend of mine sent me a link to a new Open Source CMS named Pligg. He knew I'd been looking around for Web 2.0 - specific open source CMS implementations (as opposed to adding Web 2.0 functionality via extensions, I was looking for a system who's core was tailored around the paradigm).
This week saw the premier of two long-awaited resources for the increasingly active Mambo Open Source community: Mambo-Extensions.com, and Mambo-Manual.org
Mambo Manual is a community-driven wiki project. The site provides assistance for users and acts as a supplement to the documentation resources provided by the Mambo Foundation.