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Telligent just released the new Licensing Guide for Community Server 2007.

The new Community Server 2007, new name for the CS v3.0, has a lot of new features. Above all there is a new dynamic theme engine named Chameleon, that makes the development of new skins more easy than with the previous version.

It should also allow non tech person to change the appearance of the site with a sort of WYSIWYG editor for themes.

But is post is not about the new features of CS 3.0, but is about the new licensing (here the complete PDF): basically the free license will enforce only 3 blog, 10 forums and 3 gallery per site

And this limit is in the commercial licenses, too: you can have 10 blogs with the Standard version or 40 with the Professional. Or you can buy upgrades at 100$ per 10 blogs.

What does it mean? The average non-profit group will not be able to have its online community for free.

This is a good news for Subtext, since it will become the only opensource application developed in .NET to allow the creation of multi-blog websites, but a bad news for the .NET community in general: basically with the free edition of CS2007 you will only be able to create a personal blog.

If you want to discuss more about that new licensing model you can do it on the official community server forum.

posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 1:32 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: No more free communities with Community Server

Left by Matt at 2/11/2007 4:48 PM

"...Subtext, since it will become the only opensource application developed in .NET to allow the creation of multi-blog websites..."

DotNetNuke?

# re: No more free communities with Community Server

Left by Simone Chiaretta at 2/11/2007 4:52 PM

Did you ever use the blog module inside DNN?
It's far from being comparable to a specific blog application

# re: No more free communities with Community Server

Left by Matt at 2/11/2007 6:43 PM

True, it's not as blog specific, but that's not exactly what you said... DNN is certainly opensource, .NET developed and will allow for multi-blog webesite (heck, they do it on DotNetNuke.com)...

;)

# re: No more free communities with Community Server

Left by Simone Chiaretta at 2/11/2007 9:38 PM

Ok, probably my sentence can be misunderstood: true, DNN allow the creation of a multi-blog site, but, trust me, I've one blog in a DNN site, and it lacks all the basic "social" features of a blog :)

# re: No more free communities with Community Server

Left by jayson knight at 2/11/2007 10:11 PM

I feel the need to chime in as well, however I do have a CS slant.

DNN and CS compete (if you can even call it that) in different spaces. There is some slight overlap, but DNN is more of a portal/CMS solution, whereas CS is just that...geared towards communities and social aspects of the web.

I'm a bit dismayed about the licensing announcement, however the CS community is giving some great feedback over on CS.org, and Rob has made it clear that Telligent is actively listening. We'll see what comes of all this.

# CS Byte for February 11, 2007

Left by Dave Burke at 2/12/2007 11:24 AM

blog bits The community is buzzing (like a swarm of angry hornets) about the new Community Server Licensing

# The new Community Server Licensing Guidelines

Left by Daily News List Blog at 2/14/2007 6:55 PM

The community is buzzing (like a swarm of angry hornets) about the new Community Server Licensing Guidelines

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