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Re: [school-discuss] Metadot and MIT
ez publisher! With regard to mysql, to distribute it within your
organization, such as on several servers, requires a commercial
license. Postgresql is Apache licensing. Many CMS or CRM packages can
now use postgresql but not mysql. There are several comparison studies
on the web which document the differences. In fact, at the last
Linuxwolrd, mysql sought the assistance of postgresql in improving.
Mysql is better at marketing. My comparison was taken from cmsmatrix.org.
Cameron Miller wrote:
Haven't tried Metadot, mainly because I think mod_perl is a pain. The
project does appear to have lots of small and large users, middle
school through large U's.
MySql is GPL licensed and freely available for download and use. I
find MySql every bit as good as Postgres for most uses, and a lot
easier to set up and maintain than Postgres or Oracle.
A lot of the features you cite as not being available in Metadot
apparently are, listed both at the cmsmatrix site and the Metadot
What is your suggestion for a CMS/portal doing all of the things you
state Metadot lacks?
Michael Dean wrote:
if one wants to compare CMS/portals go to cmsmatrix.org. I have some
problems with metadot, which I have looked at in detail for smaller
schools. First, it is written in perl, which when it scales is very
slow. Second, you need mysql or oracle to run it. Fine for big
universities, who usually have Oracle, but if you want an open source
solution in your middleware as well as user applications not so
fine. Mysql also costs money, and is not a comparable (not as good)
database to either Oracle or postgresql. second, it does not provide
an audit trail, no content approval, requires use of LDAP for
authentication, admin is not notified of problems, does not run under
SSL, has no commercial certification or documentation, no online
help, does not provide a structure for third party developer add-ins,
no drag and drop content, no undo, no advanced caching, no database
replication, no content staging, no affiliate tracking, no deployment
as a package, no way to trash old content, no web statistics, no web
based translation management, no workflow engine, no ftp support
(even scp), is not WAI compliant, no webdav support, not xhtml
compliant, no cgi support, no interface localization, not metadata
support, is not multi-lingual, or wiki aware. no chat, no
classifieds. No contact management, no data entry, no database
reports, no groupware, no guest book, no bug reporting/help desk, no
HTTP proxy, no surveys, no tests/quizzes. The keyword here is NO!
One of schoolforge's affiliates was totally trashed last weekend by a
porn marketeer who placed 2500 links to porn sites in the comments
section of every artricle about school software. This is why content
approval and moderation is so important in your software, especially
in grade schools. Also, one would want to audit who does what on
your site, because trashing your site with porn in the US is a felony.
Daniel Guermeur wrote:
Just to announce that Metadot Portal Server software has a new
university user: MIT.
Metadot is used by numerous schools and university including
Berkeley, Pace and many orders for their intranet, extranet or
organization websites. Metadot provides content management,
collaboration and portal (like My Yahoo) functionality. The key
differentiator is the extreme ease of use so that non technical
users can manage the content without asking their busy IT person to
See live sites at:
Daniel Guermeur - email@example.com
www.metadot.com - Be Part Of The Open Source Revolution