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[News] Alfresco's Free Software Business Favours GNU/Linux and Savings

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Ubuntu Server Edition and Alfresco: A Sign of Things to Come

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| Just when I was getting a little worried about Ubuntu Server Edition’s ISV 
| (independent software vendor) support, I received a heads up from John Pugh, 
| software partner manager at Canonical. The timely news involved some 
| Ubuntu-Alfresco developments. Here’s the scoop. And more importantly, here 
| are some bigger-picture thoughts about Canonical’s ISV efforts on the server.    


Beyond the hype: Where open source actually saves you money

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| Open source tends to offer best-of-breed solutions that aim to do a limited 
| range of functions well, rather than to be all things to all people. 
| Indeed, it is this desire to get the core right that enables open source to 
| be all things to all people, because enterprise IT can take an open-source 
| solution that might be 85 percent of what it needs, and spend some time and 
| consulting dollars to custom-fit the software.   
| Hence, customers can spend less money to get exactly what they want, rather 
| than buying into a vendor's bloatware, which is bloated precisely to justify 
| the upfront license fees ("Look at all this stuff we're selling you!") and 
| ongoing maintenance fees ("Even more stuff we're selling you!").   


[From Alfresco staff^^]


Alfresco Community Now Available for Ubuntu

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| Alfresco Software Inc, the leader in open source enterprise content
| management (ECM), today announced that Alfresco Community Edition 3.2 is
| available as an easy-to-install package from the Ubuntu software
| repositories. The Ubuntu and Alfresco communities can now easily get up and
| running with Alfresco Community Edition.


The Case for Community Involvement with Commercial Open Source

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| There are lots of reasons why open source software as a design, development
| and distribution model has made great strides over recent years.  Distributed
| development and the ability to discover like-minded collaborators, made
| possible with the Internet, was a game changer that gave way to a host of
| lower cost, reliable alternatives to proprietary offerings. And the recent
| economic downturn is just another shot in the arm for lower cost options.


Red Hat, Alfresco Attack Microsoft SharePoint

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| The VAR Guy hears it all the time: VARs and managed service providers
| generate hefty profits with on-premise and hosted Microsoft SharePoint. In
| fact, SharePoint has grown to become a $1 billion business for Microsoft. But
| now, Red Hat and Alfresco are trying to direct some of those SharePoint
| channel dollars toward open source alternatives. Here’s the scoop from The
| VAR Guy.


Alfresco, ParaScale Team Up for Content as a Service in the Cloud

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| "This lowers costs both by eliminating a layer of servers to run Alfresco as
| well as by allowing the usage of commodity-priced storage," Krishnan
| said. "ParaScale's storage nodes are standard Linux servers, and it took zero
| effort for Alfresco to bring up their application directly on ParaScale's
| storage servers."



Put to the Test: Alfresco Enterprise Content Management

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| Alfresco uses the GNU General Public License and support comes
| in Gold and Platinum, priced at $15,000 per CPU and $20,000
| per CPU annually, respectively.

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