Orchard Web CMS Aims to Promote Open Source on ASP.NET

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It was only yesterday that we gave you the goods on the new open source content management project named Orchard (news, site). But we didn't know everything we wanted to know. So we reached out to Bertrand Le Roy, Program Manager for the Orchard project. Here's what he told us.


CMSWire: Is Orchard from the same codebase as Oxite, or is it completely new?

Le Roy: New codebase

(Note: Orchard is a MVC web application)

CMSWire: Who owns the project? 

Le Roy: We (the listed contributors) hold the copyright to all the code.

CMSWire: What was motivation behind the project? Why not just continue developing Oxite?

Le Roy: The motivation behind the project is to promote OSS on ASP.NET and in turn better position ASP.NET itself in front of PHP to make it more attractive to OSS developers, Web Value Added Providers and site administrators.

Oxite was originally designed as a blog engine for use by the Channel 9 team. The experience and domain expertise of Erik Porter and Nathan Heskew will be valuable to us, especially as we build the blogging features into the platform.

Oxite is not stopped. It’s still being used and developed by Erik and Nathan’s original team.

CMSWire: What kind of feedback, suggestions are you hoping to get from the community?

Le Roy: All kinds. Constructive criticism, how the project is useful or not useful to them as ASP.NET developers or end users (once we have releases destined for public consumption), feature suggestions, bug fixes, new features, documentation, localization, the sky’s no limit.

Learning Opportunities

CMSWire: How was the project received at TechEd?

Le Roy: I can’t speak for Bradley Millington, who made the presentation, but the reception seemed to be quite good.

CMSWire: Do you have an timeline for releasing a download?

Le Roy: For the moment, we are focusing on three week iterations to deliver specific features. When we will have something ready for public consumption depends on our ability to maintain our current velocity.

At this point, we are very far from having something that you would reasonably build a public web site on and we’re not announcing a release date.

A Note on Oxite

Curious to know what's happening with Oxite? We checked out CodePlex and found a little information. It is still a work in progress and according to a post by Erik Porter (from June), the team has decided that the next release will be a beta release.

This means that the next release should be at least halfway comparable to the feature set of other blog engines out there and that non-developers should be able to run Oxite without much work.

Oxite's three high level goals for a beta release include improving administration, making installation easier and creating a plug-in framework.

Porter does not offer a date for the beta release, but when it does ship it is expected to be available via Microsoft's Web App Gallery.