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Web Content Mavens: Open Source Web CMS

Last night I had the pleasure and honor to be a panelist representing DotNetNuke at the Washington DC Web Content Mavens.
Other than just have a blast sharing my unbiased knowledge and experience about DotNetNuke I had the priviledge of doing it next to folks like Scott Davis from Alfresco, Boris Kraft, CEO of  Magnolia as well as Joe LeBlanc advocating and representing Joomla! and finally Keith Casey advocating and reprsenting Drupal.

In attendance were roughly 100 people representing small, medium and large businesses as well as open source enthusiasts. 

We (the panelists) each had only 10 minutes to evangelize our various platforms, It wasn't nearly enough for anyone there to get the real scoop on the products. Some of the panelists were clearly there to "sell" their platform (let the innocent be protected), but I was there solely in the spirit of sharing what DotNetNuke has to offer.

Before last night, I never paid much attention to licensing terms, primarily because of how free the BSD-style licensing model DotNetNuke is under, however, after comparing licensing with the others, I could not help but realize that there are "key differentiators" that put DotNetNuke ahead:

  1. License. DotNetNuke is BSD-Style, the others were all GPL. (If you do not know the difference, you should read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gpl and this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD)
  2. DotNetNuke is FREE - Magnolia is not, for example.
  3. DotNetNuke is the only Microsoft.net FREE Open Source platform

Obviously there are many more differentiators, some that may even put DotNetNuke behind the others, but it was nice to have a sense of uniqueness in that respect.

Finally, DotNetNuke has come a long long way since IBuySpy. I am proud to be part, in my own small way, of this great group of people that make it happen.

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