[development] Let's join the efforts to make OSCOM thrive again

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Sun Feb 26 23:05:13 UTC 2006

That other Bridging organisation, feedesktop.org is doing pretty well, 
inbetween all the nuking and flaming. Why? Because IMO they host Real 
Targets. (not saying OSCMS is not doing that, it is just less visible, have a 
look at http://www.oscom.org/standards/)

What about moving our (drupal.orgs) MT2Drupal and PHPBB2drupal  conversion 
stuff over to them.

That way OSCMS has:
a) real 'products' to market. After all collabation (and thus umbrella's) in 
an OSS world run on code. And thriive on ideas that end in code. (IMO)
b) A good marketable, spotlight plan: get all the OS CMSes together. Allow 
people to switch between them easier. And so becomes more visible. Visible in 
the freedesktop.org way.

I have seen projects picked away from Drupal under my nose, simply because 
these (tecically inferior) commercial products had a "name", and because they 
were on fancy conferences where Drupal (nor Joomla, etc) were not.

In order to give Drupal such a name, we need to team up on that area with the 
other OSS CMses and give our "group" such a name. Elbow ourselves, as group,  
into these Fancy conferences,  tell the world that we exitst. Make the name 
"Open Source CMS" a 'brand'.  For I am sure that more commericial Drupaleers 
will be able to tell that eventhough the OS and Geek world know about us 
(Drupal), a vast mayority of potential Drupal deployers/users have never even 
heard of it. Might even have never heard of "the open source alternative". 
Simply because we are too scattered and not offering a common denominator (or 
at least for the outside world are not) OSCMS does that for us, and therfore, 
really needs our love. 

Thanks Gabor for bringing this up. 


Op zondag 26 februari 2006 22:38, schreef Gabor Hojtsy:
> Hi,
> As some of you may already know, OSCOM, the Open Source Content
> Management Association is in trouble, or in an identity crisis, or
> whatever you would like to call the current situation.
>   http://bergie.iki.fi/blog/the-doubtful-future-of-oscom.html
> It needs active members and live participation. The association has very
> nice goals of encouraging collaboration between different OSCMS
> projects, but this is only possible if these projects are taking part in
> the activities. I have been at the last OSCOM conference, speaking about
> Drupal, and hanging around with other CMS developers, and Gerhard was at
> the OSCOMTag (at LinuxTag) if I remember correctly, representing Drupal.
> But (if it works well), OSCOM does not only provide opportunities to
> show us to the world, but also to exchange ideas and directions with
> other OSCMS projects. How important and fruitful is this is probably
> easy to understand for those, who participated at the OSCMS Summit
> lately. OSCOM is there to provide these possibilities, if run well, and
> if people don't let it disappear.
> Ps. You could easily say that I am speaking water but drinking vine (at
> least this is how this is said here in Hungary :), since I am unable to
> help here, just would like to point out the great possibilities which
> are worth going after.
> Gabor

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