As Boot Camp approaches (next week!), I thought I would take a moment
to update everyone on some further thinking on our products.
The release of dotCMS 1.9 is fast approaching and there are big
improvements in the system, all of which you have heard about: great
additions in functionality; new capabilities and a brand new user
interface. With these changes, we are also excited to announce some
adjustments in the dotCMS R&D process as it relates to both Community
and Enterprise offerings.
Currently, the Community and the Enterprise Editions are two separate
code bases. As a software company, we have differentiated the
Community from Enterprise Editions primarily through bug fixes,
support and release cycles. Issues or problems with the Enterprise
Edition code base are taken care of in patches, while issues found in
the Community Edition could linger.
For the v1.9 release, both the Enterprise Edition and the Community
Edition will be running off the same code base. When hot fixes or
patches are applied to one, they will be applied to the other as well.
What this means is that the Community Edition (the open source core)
will be a more consistent, tested and stable product – on par with our
So how are we going to differentiate our offerings? The introduction
of v1.9 this summer has given us the opportunity to differentiate the
Community Edition from the Enterprise Edition through product features
and capabilities. We are giving much time and thought to balancing
features between Community and Enterprise to insure the Community
Edition remains a viable product, while seeing to it that
organizations running on the Community Edition will view Enterprise
Edition as an alternative as their web presence expands. We are also
considering adding a license to Enterprise, allowing organizations to
develop on and in the dotCMS without the obligation to contribute
their work to the open source trunk.
There are many more details that we need to define – so we are in no
way finished with our internal discussions. But for those of you who
can’t attend Boot Camp, I thought I would give you a glimpse into what
will be an important agenda topic. Let me know if you have questions
or thoughts as dotCMS makes this transition. I look forward to hearing