Microsoft develops open-source content-management system

Microsoft develops open-source content-management system

Summary: Microsoft has developed and released via its CodePlex site an alpha version of a new open-source content-management system, codenamed "Oxite."

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Microsoft has developed and released via its CodePlex site an alpha version of a new open-source content-management system, codenamed "Oxite."

Microsoft made the Oxite source code available for download on December 5. Oxite is available under the Microsoft Public License (MS-Pl), one of its OSI-certified open-source licenses.

From Microsoft's description of Oxite:

"Oxite provides you with a strong foundation you can build upon - pingbacks, trackbacks, anonymous or authenticated commenting (with optional moderation), gravatar support, RSS feeds at any page level, support for MetaWebLog API (think Windows Live Writer integration made easy), web admin panel, support for Open Search format allowing users to search your site using their browser's search box, and more - so, you can spend time on designing a great experience."

Microsoft is positioning Oxite as more than just a blogging engine, claiming it can support even large Web sites. The company also is positioning the platform as customizable, allowing users to swap out Microsoft technologies, like database and search providers -- specifically, SQL Server and Live Search -- for non-Microsoft ones.

The Oxite content-management platform is "built to take full advantage of ASP.NET MVC but broken into assemblies so that even ASP.NET WebForm developers can use the data backend and utility code, supports use of Visual Studio Team Suite (DB Pro, Test, etc.), and Background Services Architecture (sending trackbacks, emails, etc. all done as a background process to prevent delays on the web site itself)," according to the Softies.

In searching for information on Oxite, I noticed a few folks wondering aloud why Microsoft felt a need to develop another content-management system, given that SharePoint Server provides content-management functionality.  One obvious difference is the open-/closed-source aspect of the projects.

Any interest out there in an open-source CMS from Microsoft?

Topics: Enterprise Software, Browser, Microsoft, Open Source, Software, Software Development

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  • The fly keeping secrets in the web

    Oh yeah, trust Microsoft with your technology secrets. Interesting concept they have there. Write software that stores then combs through the world's free software, looking for stuff that hasn't been patented. MicroSoft can then race to the patent office and scoop the hapless developer. He he he! Has no one learned anything from the past?
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    • So you are saying OSS developers are "hapless"?

      I mean come on buddy, is your tinfoil hat getting too tight? <br><br>
      I think the blogger was serious here and not looking for people to respond with the old and tired MS is evil BS. <br><br>
      Microsoft has been under DoJ scrutiny for most of a decade now (only because of a liberal judge that was opening biased and should have been tossed from the bench) and if you do any amount of reading they are serious about entering into the open source world. <br><br>
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  • DotNetNuke?

    Although DNN is not an official MS product, it has been the 'defacto' open source CMS for the MS platform with a significant following.

    I wonder how the DNN community react to this?
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    • DotNetNuke indeed

      I like DotNetNuke a lot, but I will definitely give this a whirl too. Remember, competition is what drives innovation. No competition results in minimal innovation.
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  • RE: Microsoft develops open-source content-management system

    Personally, I like this idea. They've started a blog starter kit and a few others awhile back. This just emphasizes MVC and the fit within the ASP.NET framework.
    • Interesting....

      I wonder if it will go head to head with the leaders in this space in the yearly competitions. I overall think they are all going in the wrong direction with the wiki/blog/CMS blurring.
      storm14k
  • RE: Microsoft develops open-source content-management system

    I use Graffiti CMS from Telligent and this looks promising.
    rjohn05
  • RE: Microsoft develops open-source content-management system

    I've just started a project with DotNetNuke, and being primarily a C# programmer instead of a VB.Net programmer like DotNetNuke requires, I'm definitely going to download this and give it s whirl.
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    • DNN does not require VB

      DNN does not require VB. Its just the core that is done in VB. You are free to extend it with custom modules / providers /etc using any .NET langauge.
      mathisjay
  • RE: Microsoft develops open-source content-management system

    I'm all for Open source, even from MS. Maybe they are starting to see the light. I'll be interested to explore their new CMS and learn how it differentiates itself from SP. What's with the name tho?

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  • Very small chance of success and only if...

    ...it has to work under mono and without a single requirement for anything not available for free under *nix systems (ie. support for other DB's than MS's own). If not then the only potential users come from the tiny fraction of people running or beeing hosted on windows servers.

    Even then, concidering that there is a load of high quality CMS systems with long history, large support communitys & collections of 3r party add-ons. To start a CMS from scratch is for any company unlikely to be a success at this point.

    Personally I have no interest for reason stated above *and* because of microsofts long and undeniable history of security flaws and otherwise way too often low usability/functioning of their products when compared to other competing prjects. I rather choose to use something with good support and public image of "beeing awesome".
    robsku
  • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.sdplabs.com/proofcms&quot;&gt;Proofcms&lt;/a&gt;-Content Mgmt System

    Wow! Its an impressive task and I have Proofcms which includes almost everything which is necessary. It is cost productive and user friendly.
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    I agree with elroy. This software is really awesome and interactive.
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