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[News] Plone Looks to Capitalise in Weak Economy

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Surviving the global economic crisis: Plone Open Source community collaborates
to fight back

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| From big business to government agencies to non-profit organizations, no one 
| is escaping the financial crisis engulfing the world economy. Jobs are being 
| lost and projects put on hold as spending is reduced. IT managers are being 
| forced to look for innovative, cost-effective solutions which deliver quality 
| results within budget.    


Jerry Maguire on the future of the free software industry

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| That doesn’t mean that the originator of the software can’t make money - 
| knowing the software better than anyone else, and being able to customise the 
| software, is a pretty powerful selling point and a clear path to building a 
| profitable small business.   
| [...]
| But so what? Free software doesn’t get developed like proprietary software, 
| why should the free software industry look like the proprietary software 
| industry?  
| Here’s my vision of the future: Smaller businesses. Each with fewer, happier 
| clients. Less money. Lots of them, all over the world. 



Plone Conference - Consensus Comes Early to Washington

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| The annual conference for the Open Source content management system Plone
| took place in Washington DC last week. To the backdrop of the intensifying
| presidential election campaigns, the conference played host to the election
| of the Plone Foundation board, and saw one of the largest gatherings of Plone
| developers, users and business leaders.


Open Source Government?

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| In September, he closed his fund and returned money to his investors, stating
| that the risk of a bank collapse, which would be hell for hedge funds, was
| too high: "While we concede there are additional opportunities in this
| episode of crisis and uncertainty, we have concluded that those opportunities
| are far outweighed by the risks attendant in the use of the over-the-counter
| derivatives market."
| [...]
| Not content with just providing meritocratic solutions to our economic
| system, he said meritocracies all around and set his sights on fixing our
| government, saying that since "Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith" we've had
| a "dearth of worthy philosophers in this country, at least ones focused on
| improving government," (clearly forgetting that Adam Smith was Scottish) and
| said Linux's open-source model was the way to governmental enlightenment:
|     George Soros, a man of staggering wealth, has stated that he would like
|     to be remembered as a philosopher. My suggestion is that this great man
|     start and sponsor a forum for great minds to come together to create a
|     new system of government that truly represents the common man's interest,
|     while at the same time creating rewards great enough to attract the best
|     and brightest minds to serve in government roles without having to rely
|     on corruption to further their interests or lifestyles. This forum could
|     be similar to the one used to create the operating system, Linux, which
|     competes with Microsoft's near monopoly. I believe there is an answer,
|     but for now the system is clearly broken.


Open source Plone 3.0 prove well worth the price

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| Plone does one thing -- Web content management -- and does it with aplomb.
| That's why you'll find well-known U.S. and international organizations in
| most industries running their Web sites, internets, and extranets with Plone.


Plone: Official launch of PloneGov in Italy

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| The Chamber of Commerce of Ferrara, the first PloneGov Italian member,
| invites 100 representatives from the public sector and open source experts to
| participate to the official launch of PloneGov in Italy on September 16,
| 2008.



3 open source e-Government projects merge and launch PloneGov.org

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| Open source experts from the public sector, community and SME's
| participated in the first Plone e-government international workshop.
| [...]
| Attendants, equally representing the public sector, Plone community
| and SME's, came from several countries : Belgium, France,
| Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, The Netherlands and Luxemburg.


PloneGov Snags Lutèce d'Or for Open Source CMS Efforts

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| Toward those ends the PloneGov project yielded a module for ordering
| administrative docs online, a town council management tool that is already in
| use by some cities, a business directory, and local government websites.

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