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In another trip down the rabbit hole to where things are odd indeed, SpikeSource, Kim Polese's open source stack operation, is going to certify all of its SpikeIgnited open source applications on Windows. In concert with Microsoft, it says. SpikeIgnited includes BI, ECM, collaboration, e-mail, CRM and web content management software, the kind of stuff that Microsoft supplies. The announcement quotes Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy Bill Hilf as conceding that "a significant number of enterprise customers with open source applications run those applications on Windows server" so it's trying to be cooperative and win interoperability points. SpikeSource, which isn't believed to be doing all that well, says it recently shipped an unidentified Windows-certified SpikeIgnited product to NEC for customers who have been asking for dual-certified Linux/Windows a... (more)

Optaros Creates Dynamic Online Community for Chicago Public Radio

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, WBEQ 90.7 FM Morris, and WBEW 89.5 FM Chesterton) is a community-supported, non-commercial public service broadcasting institution for 7.7 million people throughout Chicago and surrounding regions. Chicago Public Radio produces, acquires, and distributes engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance. The organization prides itself on helping listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. The institution has more than 120 employees across multiple offices in greater Chicago. In planning the Vocalo Web site, Chicago Public Radio was breaking new ground. The Web site would not just promote its companion radio station, but provide an avenue through which a diverse audience could be reached, intrigued, and attracted to the radio station... (more)

Drupal CMS to Move to a Whole New Level

"It is very important to me that Acquia has a marketing leader who understands the importance of growing and sustaining a community and who is passionate about the principles of open source software," said Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert as Jeff Whatcott joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott recently arrived from Adobe, where he led marketing for LiveCycle and Flex. A longtime advocate of community, open standards, and open source development, Whatcott has nearly a decade of experience in successfully leading technical evangelism, standards relations, developer marketing, and product management organizations at Adobe, Macromedia, and Allaire Corporation. “I’m delighted to be part of a company and a community at the intersection of so many pivotal trends for the web and for software in general,” ... (more)

Photon Announces New Drupal Training Center

Photon Infotech announced the opening of the Photon Drupal Training Center, a new facility that will leverage and expand Photon’s experience and expertise with Drupal, an open-source PHP-driven Content Management System. With a goal of certifying 200 new Drupal experts a year, Photon will have the industry’s largest and best trained army of Drupal consultants in the world. A strong advocate and contributor to the Open Source movement, Photon has been involved with Drupal from its start and recently finished its 40th project based on Drupal. Photon has also implemented one of the world’s largest Drupal websites, demonstrating Drupal’s enterprise scalability. Based in Photon’s new Estancia offices in India, the center provides a comprehensive training environment to teach new Photon consultants how to develop cutting edge applications. In a January Forrester Researc... (more)

Optaros Gives InfoWorld Relaunch a Boost With Drupal Solutions

 Optaros, providers of custom online applications for clients through the Assembled Web, announces the development of a tailor-made open source CMS solution for InfoWorld, IDG Communications subsidiary and online media outlet for IT decision makers. Seeking improved control over site content, better targeting opportunities and with a goal to increase site traffic two-fold by year-end, InfoWorld hired Optaros to integrate a Drupal open source CMS. The Optaros team created a custom Drupal solution based on InfoWorld's specific needs. "We are already seeing positive results from Optaros' work. The first day of the relaunch saw our highest level of traffic since our current analytics were installed over two years ago," says Martha Connors, vice president and group general manager for InfoWorld, Computerworld and CXO Online at IDG. "We anticipate that our ability to bett... (more)

DrupalCon 2010 San Francisco Venue Announced

Drupal on Ulitzer Orchestra is excited at the possibility of having DrupalCon 2010 in San Francisco, CA. If you think it would be a good idea to have DrupalCon here on the West Coast, sign up for the site updates and check out the proposal. Leave the team feedback and let them know your thoughts on the City by the Bay. To check out the proposal, go here:  DrupalConSF 2010 If you'd like to attend or have suggestions for Orchestra's involvement at DrupalConSF, leave us a comment below. Full Disclosure: I lived in San Francisco in college and really love the city. read more ... (more)

DrupalCon 2010 Coming to San Francisco in April

Drupal on Ulitzer Marking its first appearance in San Francisco, Calif., DrupalCon 2010 will take place April 19-21, 2010 at the Moscone Center. DrupalCon is the premier conference for Drupal, the award-winning open source content management framework that is galvanizing social publishing and web development today. Session proposals will be accepted through February 15. The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception, and project growth has doubled annually for several years. Drupal is used to deliver a wide variety of application types including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, and web content publishing and management. The hot topic at DrupalCon San Francisco 2010 will be Drupal 7, the latest, greatest, feature packed and easiest to use version of Drupal. Dries Buytaert... (more)

opentaps at 1.4: Our Inflection Point

1.4 is a big number. The recent opentaps Open Source ERP + CRM Version 1.4 release marks a milestone of our effort to build free, openly available enterprise software.  This journey began over six years ago with the goal of building full featured business software that could work for a variety of companies in many different industries. And now, I’m pleased to say, we’ve done it.  Take a look at what opentaps can do for you today, and I think you’ll agree that, broadly speaking, we have a very extensive feature set.  Take a look at the community around opentaps, and you’ll see that we’ve been validated by companies large and small around the world. So what next? These are my goals for the next leg of our journey: Easier — I want opentaps to be easier to use, easier to set up and configure, and easier to customize and build on top of. More advanced — I believe that ... (more)

Overview of Open Source Content Management Systems

In the first article in this series we covered WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and b2evolution, five leading Content Management Systems. In this article we talk about the next five: Xoops, Seotoaster, e107, Concrete5, and Typo3. 6. Xoops Xoops (eXtensible Object Orientated Portal System) is an open source and ideal tool to develop small to large dynamic community web sites, corporate portals, web logs and much more. It is a dynamic object oriented portal script that is written in PHP and it supports MySQL. Easy to use, Xoops is an ideal tool to create data-driven community sites of all sizes. It is used for blogs, corporate intranet sites and content-rich information portals. Advantages of Xoops: Small learning curve Easy installation Addition of features to your website can be done easily through additional modules and themes It has worldwide support available ... (more)

Federal Cybersecurity and IT News Round-Up

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: U.S. Cyber Command recently conducted a tactical-level exercise called Cyber Guard where it collaborated with subject matter experts from the National Security Agency, the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrated silicone-molded robots capable of camouflaging themselves funded by their Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program. More here. Chief Software Architect for data.gov Chris Musialek announced that the platform would add machine-readable tags to the metadata readable by major search engines. More here. The Department of Commerce is preparing to move to cloud email and collaboration infrastructure starting with the  National Institute for Standards and Technology. More ... (more)

TraceView’s Oboe Symfony No. 1

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 requires two oboes. Instrumenting Symfony only required one liboboe! Here at AppNeta we’re still recovering from an immensely productive DrupalCon Portland 2013. Our partnership with Acquia and our continuing support for the contrib TraceView Drupal module made sponsoring the event a natural decision. We’re glad we made the long flight out West, as there was a lot of interest in TraceView. In fact, on the plane ride back to Boston I brought back not only three Voodoo Dozens but a stack of business cards two inches high. (I’ll leave it to you to guess which one ran out first!) But for as much fun as I had exploring Portland’s unique culture, my favorite part of the con took place well before it. I spent a lot of time coding up improvements for TraceView’s Drupal support based on customer feedback. My personal goal was to submit enough patche... (more)