Monday, October 22, 2007

Magnolia to be delivered with next iX

Back at the time when I was still reading technical magazines, iX was my weekly fare. Well, the new release of Germany's leading unix magazine iX will have Magnolia included in their selection of Open Source CMS, and comes with the software (CE) on the CD accompanying the publication. When we started out with Magnolia, I said it will take 5 years to be mainstream. It is just a few weeks to our forth anniversary, and it seems we are starting to get the traction I was anticipating. Looks like I have to read another issue of iX after all these years ...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Alvaro hits it off in Spain

Magnolia is getting a serious foothold in Spain, thanks to Alvaro (Magnolia employee) and our good relationship to the Spanish government, an early Magnolia Enterprise client. Here is a screenshot of one of the leading content management sites,, with a 50 minute podcast interviewing Alvaro as the top entry on the site.

Other good news from Spain include the imminent founding of Magnolia España to further strengthen our presence in the Spanish and South American markets.

When we released Magnolia 2.0, our whole company went to Barcelona for a weekend - this time, we are going to stay for good.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Open Source "One Laptop Per Child" getting started for real

It seems like Nicholas Negroponte pretty much has gotten his baby out the door. I have watched his "One Laptop Per Child" with high interest in the last three years, and it looks as if the product is about ready to be released. For those that have not heard about this (where have you been hiding?) - the idea is to change the world by providing ultra-cheap laptops to children in places that often pretty much lack everything we take for granted in our electrofested daily lives. These laptops, originally planned to be available for 100$ each (minimum order size is somewhere in the millions) are now available for 200$ a piece, donations welcome. Read up on the details somewhere else, this baby cool.

Ah yeah, if you are interested to get your hands on one without ordering 999,999 others, there will be a limited time window of two weeks to do so if you join the "Give 1, Get 1" initiative. For the price of tax-deductible 400$ you get one laptop, and a second one will be donated to someone that really needs it. Think twice if it would not make more sense to just donate 2 XO's for the same price, and forego the "I want one" urge. The real sex-appeal of this machine lies in it's ad-hoc networking, which you will hardly experience if you are the only kid on the block having one at home, and honestly, you will feel much better knowing that the second $200 went to a kid that might one day change the world, instead of adding to the heap of techno-trash you have assembled in your studio. But still... better get one and give one, than get none and give none.

Any of course, XO's software is open-source, just like Magnolia.