This qualifies as alter-world news in my book, but perhaps its just flown over my head. Computer Associates and Zope have announced a partnership to provide open source content management solutions that are compatible with relational database technology and meet enterprise demands for performance, data persistence and manageability. The short story is that an organization centered around a niche programming language (Python) who have a content management solution (Plone) that drives off of a flat-file database, have partnered with "the world's largest management software company" to enhance their solution to support a niche relational database. And on top of all this, Zope is now describing itself as a "leading provider of Enterprise Content Management solutions". Has someone been nibbling on too much nepeta cataria? The party line goes something like this: Technology Collaboration to Provide Customers With Highly Robust and Scalable Database-Driven Solutions Hmm, that sounds somewhat familiar. Next we have: These collaboratively developed solutions will complement Zope's award- winning open source content management platform with CA's Ingres Enterprise Relational Database (Ingres). Zope implementations are currently supported by the open source, flat-file database, ZODB. Ok, is this a market need? Finally: CA is prepared to commit significant development resources to Zope technology. By applying its enterprise management expertise to Zope's acclaimed content management platform, CA will enable customers to more effectively integrate and scale Zope-based solutions to meet evolving business requirements. "The development of RDBMS-based storage for Zope is the first of many collaborations planned between our two companies," said Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and chief architect of CA's Linux Technology Group. "Together, we will aggressively evolve Zope within the context of the open source development model, so that the community can also continue enhancing it to meet the escalating demands of business users." ...and I have to ask, is there a family relation involved here? Interested readers may continue the discovery.