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[News] The Coffee Party Uses Drupal; Other Free CMS Software

  • Subject: [News] The Coffee Party Uses Drupal; Other Free CMS Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:30:46 +0000
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The Coffee Party Uses Drupal

,----[ Quote ]
| You can very easily discuss U.S. politics 
| over a cup of tea or now, coffee. The much 
| popular Sarah Palin 'hand reading' 
| capabilities triggered Americans to find an 
| alternative to the Tea Party. The 
| alternative is the Coffee Party. I can't 
| comment much on the goals or agenda's behind 
| the two new political 'movements' on the US 
| political scene, however, there is some 
| indirect connection between the Coffee Party 
| and Free Software (Muktware) or Open Source. 
| The Coffee Party uses Drupal as their CMS, 
| the same CMS which The White House Uses.


5 reasons why your company should be distributed

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| Our company Automattic is distributed, and 
| Iâm ready to sing the praises of running a 
| business in this way. BTW, I think 
| distributed (âevenly spread throughout an 
| areaâ) is a better description than the more 
| commonly used virtual (ânearly real or 
| simulated to be realâ) for a company that 
| has people working from all over the place 
| instead of a centralized office. In 
| Automatticâs case, we currently have over 50 
| employees spread across 12 US states and 10 
| countries.


TikiWiki CMS Updates 3.5 and 4.2, Offers a Peek at Version 5

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| TikiWiki 4 includes features not found in 
| the 3.x series and has an improved user 
| interface. Further additions in the update 
| include a fix for IE7 login bar positioning, 
| additional Russian translation and hundreds 
| of other tiny improvements to make the whole 
| experience better.


Managing Video, Podcasts, Comments With Open Source Publishing Tool

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| MediaCore is ramping up towards v1.0, 
| offering a free video and podcast management 
| tool for digital delivery and encouraging 
| social content.



Drupal Founder Critical of SaaS and its Proprietary Nature

,----[ Quote ]
| Drupal's founder is calling for open
| source in the enterprise and in the cloud.
| This should be no surprise, coming from
| someone like Dries Buytaert. But it is
| still interesting, considering the source
| and the point he makes about the actual
| lack of open source in cloud computing.
| [...]
| Dries:
| "....they might allow you to export your
| data, but they usually don't allow you to
| export their underlying code. While a lot
| of these services might be built on Open
| Source components, they have a lot more in
| common with proprietary software vendors
| than Open Source projects or companies."
| It's in Dries view that this model can be
| disrupted by open source. For example, he
| says, the Drupal Gardens community
| improves the overall platform by
| contributing to it. The goal, as Dries
| says, is for people to export their Drupal
| Garden site in their entirety " the code,
| the theme and data -- and move the
| platform to any Drupal hosting
| environment."


Is SaaS a friend or foe of open source?

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| Even where SaaS companies let customers
| take back their data, they often donât let
| them take the code underlying it, he wrote
| in a blog post. Data without software is
| useless.


Cloud and open source delivers the goods for publishing services provider

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| A Melbourne-based publishing services
| company is using open source and honest-
| to-goodness cloud computing for a custom,
| core business application.


Keep Your Cloud, I'm a Customer Not a Consumer

,----[ Quote ]
| The cloud hype is getting thicker and
| smellier every day. All the cloud
| excitement is coming from those who hope to
| profit from it, the vendors and breathless
| tech journalists who can't think of
| anything worthwhile to write about. They're
| working very hard to make it sound like a
| wonderful thing, a miracle of rare device
| that will transform life as we know it.
| In related news, Santa Claus, the Tooth
| Fairy, Sasquatch, Yeti, and Elvis are all
| throwing a fabulous party at Graceland and
| everyone is invited. If you don't live in
| Memphis they'll send a private jet to pick
| you up.
| The Cloud is Nonsense
| The problem with all this cloud nonsense is
| it's exactly that--nonsense. Hosted
| services are nothing new. What would be new
| and radical and transformative are
| attractive products reasonably-priced, and
| good customer service. Those are the
| missing pieces, and I predict they will
| always be the missing pieces. Because it
| seems that among the big players in tech,
| research and development are devoted
| entirely to inventing new buzzwords. If it
| weren't for the small independents we would
| have nowhere to turn.

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