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Breaking news: Cutting edge Microsoft based CMS developer releases the first FREE Open Source CMS based on .NET [composite.net<...]
COPENHAGEN, September, 2010 – Until recently, Danish developer Composite have been distributing the company’s professional content management system – Composite C1 – on commercial terms. But now Composite has decided to go open source and allow anyone to download and use the complete product for free.
Composite C1 allow website builders to get a user friendly CMS up and running fast and allow for customizations via free and commercial packages as well as tools targeting both frontend and backend developers. .NET developers can use technologies like .NET 4, LINQ, ASP.NET Controls and MVC while frontend developers are capable of completing many more tasks than they usually can in a CMS.
- The whole mindset behind Composite C1 as a .NET-based product was originally to make it successful on the commercial marketplace – which it is on a regional basis. This background bring a much more intuitive and user-friendly experience to market than other Open Source based CMS-alternatives. Actually, I think we’re one of the very first companies worldwide to convert a fully-featured, commercial .NET-based CMS into an Open Source project, says partner Oskar Lauritzen, Composite.
- Our Open Source initiative aims at making Composite C1 accessible worldwide to a significantly larger population of companies and organizations. At the same time, it gives us a tremendous opportunity to widen the base of developers working to strengthen the product as well as to develop C1 add-ons of their own, he continues.
With a history spanning the last decade, Composite is already regarded as a proven and experienced commercially focused developing house, “so it’s perfectly understandable if our venture into Open Source will raise a few eyebrows out there,” says Oskar Lauritzen.
But not so amongst the company’s existing paying customers, who backs the initiative unanimously. Even Microsoft, who has lent significant developing support to the C1-project during the last three years, feels that the initiative is a pretty good idea.
- Composite’s Open Source initiative is really remarkable and exciting. First and foremost because it makes good sense to open up the code of a .NET-based product, as there’s simply so many gifted developers out there who’s already familiar with the platform, says Ole Kjeldsen, Enterprise & Platforms Director, Microsoft Denmark.
- Actually, I think that Composite is one of the really interesting developing houses to follow right now, concludes Ole Kjeldsen.
In the near future, Composite will establish a marketplace where professional developers can cooperate on Composite C1 add-ons and make them commercially or freely available, depending on which model makes the best sense from the developer’s perspective.
Further comments, please contact: Oskar Lauritzen, CEO, Composite
Composite is a Danish-based developing house. The company’s core product, C1, is a modular CMS based on the latest edition of Microsoft .NET. C1 is distributed under the Mozilla Public License.
Wow, that is a very smart move by Microsoft.
Composite C1 is not crippled, it's not limited and you don't have to buy in to some proprietary license to get the important features.
Any changes to MPLed files, or new files into which MPLed code has been copied, are Modifications and so fall under the MPL. New files containing only your code are not Modifications, and not covered by the MPL.
The reason a developer would want to run Windows and IIS is for .Net.
The framework is great, and the appeal of an open source CMS is that the CMS is free for people who want or need to use the Microsoft stack.
Incidentally, I have no sympathy for the Wordpress proprietary theme developers. They knew it was a grey area at best. In the particular case that flap was about they were using GPLed code from Wordpress itself in their themes.
If identifiable sections of that work are not derived from the Program, and can be reasonably considered independent and separate works in themselves, then this License, and its terms, do not apply to those sections when you distribute them as separate works. But when you distribute the same sections as part of a whole which is a work based on the Program, the distribution of the whole must be on the terms of this License, whose permissions for other licensees extend to the entire whole, and thus to each and every part regardless of who wrote it.
So you can do things like writing a GPL interface to your proprietary code.
So if you want to build a custom app for internal use that extends a GPL app (like a module for a GPLed CMS), that extension has to be GPL.