Sometimes I wonder how startups with plenty of VC and marketing funds,manage to choose stupid names without any research. The new kid on the block is yet another company building yet another CMS with an Open Source license and no community: boring enough in itself. Finding out they decided to call themselves Alfresco just makes me laugh: “al fresco” in italian is slang for “in jail”. Oh well, at least our small Open Source CMS market in Italy won’t be threatened that much…
Upon further reading, actually this isn’t much of a surprise: from the “we don’t have a clue about Open Source” department, here is the only information about community I have been able to find on their website:
Alfresco provides forum-based support to:
- Our customers (with whom we have contracted services)
- Organizations during the software evaluation process
In the future a valid serial number (purchased or evaluation) will be required to access the forum
The rest of their website is just too sad to comment: it would probably be a great foundation for a “Open Source business mistakes to avoid” presentation. I understand how these guys don’t deserve so many pointed fingers, but I’m just fed up: as someone who’s been building business and reputation with and around Open Source for a while, I just don’t want to be in the same boat with this kind of companies, yet there are just too many of them, and they seem to be great honeypots for VC funding.
Bottom line: if this is what “professional Open Source” is going to be, I’m off to carrot farming.