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  • Quoting IT: Open Source, the GPL, and Joomla!

    "It is fair to say the GPL does not intend to make it easy for proprietary software.The intention is to liberate code and ensure continual downstream benefits to users. So, yes, it's going to be easier to integrate open source code into a GPL'ed environment. And, as it should be! It is important that community environments also ensure that open source developers benefit more than proprietary developers. It hasn't been that way in J! [Joomla!] or in Mambo."  --Amy Stephen,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 09, 2007
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  • Is bridging a GPL application with a non-GPL application legal?

    Amy Stephen over at Open Source Community has put together a good summary for how differing open source CMS projects have interpreted the impact the GPL has on third-party extensions/modules/plugins/add-ons.  Movement in the Joomla community ensuring GPL compliance for extensions is what prompted her comparisons of license interpretation between Drupal, Joomla, Plone, Typo3, Wordpress, and XOOPS. Joomla!'s announcement from June 15, 2007 that began Joomla! is moving to ensure the future of…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 06, 2007
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  • Under the shadow of the news feed

    This post you are reading has been saved unpublished for a few days as I have feared it reads too much as a rant.  In this post, I'd like to discuss the difference between good and bad competition when it comes to similar "news sites" such as my own CMS Report.   I also want to touch on about how a CMS such as Drupal and Joomla brings both the good and the ugly online.  Unfortunately as with all technology, the modern CMS not only has been a blessing to sites dishing news for their writers and their users...but also a curse. 

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 06, 2007
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  • Quoting IT: Partner to the business

    "IT today is supporting more business processes than backend processes.  Today, IT has earned a stake at the table, has gone away from the bits and bytes, and is, more than ever, a partner to the business." -Frank Modruson, CIO of Accenture Ltd., "What's Next for IT?", The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2007.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted August 01, 2007
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  • CMS Made Simple 1.1

    I know this was announced a couple weeks old, but I still wanted to mention it here for the sake of those that like the simple things in life.  CMS Made Simple 1.1 was released in mid-July. The features/improvements in this released included: Efficiency TinyMCE is now the Default Editor for new installs Security Numerous changes to attempt to reduce the chance of xss attacks and SQL injections Upgrades New versions of Smarty and adodb_lite Enhancements …

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 31, 2007
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  • Multilingual support continues to improve in open source CMS

    Not long ago, Development Seed posted a fantastic comparison of multilingual handling between Drupal 5 and Drupal 6.Many people who’ve heard the buzz about multilingual features making it into Drupal core have asked me if they should go ahead with their multilingual projects on Drupal 5 or push them back to wait for Drupal 6 to be released. Of course there are many factors to consider, but with multilingual websites there’s no doubt that two big factors are workflow and contributed modules.…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 15, 2007
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  • PHP.net announces end of life for PHP 4

    If the project leaders and users of your favorite content management system are still debating when they should drop PHP 4 support, it looks like the PHP development team has helped make that decision for them.  PHP.net just announced the End of Life for PHP 4.  Starting in 2008, only security updates on a case-by-case basis will be provided...and PHP 4 is dead in August 2008.Today it is exactly three years ago since PHP 5 has been released. In those three years it has seen many improvements…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 13, 2007
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  • Packt gearing up for Open Source CMS Awards 2007

    Starting Monday July 16, Packt Publishing will be accepting nominations for their 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award.  Last year, I had fun watching closely as the top five open source CMS were nominated and I even made some predictions for which projects would be declared the winners.  This year, I'm also honored to announce that I have been selected as a judge for the Overall Winner category! That's right, while I have my favorites when it comes to CMS, it looks as if I've…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 12, 2007
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  • Challenges of Blogging

    John Newton, Alfresco co-founder, is a man I have never met.  Regardless of this important fact, I feel like I have gotten to know a small part of him through his blog.  While Newton's blog may focus on Alfresco, his posts offers a wide range of insights on subjects such as commercial open source, content management,  enterprise software,  business processes, and information technology.  So if you have any idea of who I am through my own writings  it should be no surprise to you that I enjoy…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 09, 2007
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  • Surprise! An osCommerce Online Merchant Release Candidate

    Good news for osCommerce fans, osCommerce Online Merchant v2.2 Release Candidate 1 was released early this month.  If you're not an osCommerce user you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about a release candidate for the open source shopping cart.  Consider this, osCommerce 2.2 first went public with Milestone 1 in early 2003 which means that the version 2.2 will be around for almost five years before it is considered "completed".  In other words, an update of any kind to osCommerce is…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 06, 2007
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