It's a kind of 'Open Source 1.1'. Developers are springing up who build install stacks for open source products like the Drupal Web CMS
or Alfresco's Enterprise CMS
; offering packaged versions which automate and greatly simplify the initial deployment, or offer various usability augmentations to these powerful but often occasionally less polished products.
Open source being repackaged in this fashion is something we have covered before -- SpikeSource
are in this line of business. Bitnami though, they're taking things up a notch, introducing some welcome competition.And now we have a new player in this market, one which has been quietly beavering away on stacks for open source products for some time, compiling a small arsenal of packages which are likely to find favor with those who are attracted by the potential of open source, but put off by the often unfriendly implementation process.
BitNami build stacks for open source content management, document management, Wiki and blogging applications. The stacks are freely available, and are especially geared towards easing the install and config process for such products.
Their portfolio already includes stacks for WordPress, Joomla, Roller, Liferay, DocuWiki and MediaWiki; and tomorrow will see the launch of their installation stack for KnowledgeTree (following the launch of KnowledgeTree 3.5 today).
Erica Brescia of BitNami took time to talk to CMSWire about what exactly BitNami do, what they have on offer, and, most important of all, why you are going to fall in love with their products.
: So you offer stacks for open source for free. How kind of you. What's your angle?
: We're currently just focused on building the stacks and getting as many people using them as possible. In the future, we will be providing support and services around them, but the stacks themselves will always remain free to use.
: Where are you based? Where did you come from? What's the history behind BitNami?