It’s time to release core features of ColdFusion as open source – name it as a community Edition which is free to use with no licence fees and also it should provide a way where community can extend the core features. Adobe can release an Enterprise Edition with the usual licence fee with all enterprise features.
Iam really concerned about the low market share of CF at the moment. Especially during the bad economy period, CF is less preferred by customers even after good evangelism about it. Customers now shows more interest than before to move towards opensource technologies- which obviously reduce their investment.
Adobe need to seriously think about an opensource Community Edition with no more delays else it will loose the market share considerablyin future and finally it will reach a pathetic situation where Adobe itself lose interest in CF.
There is so much to learn from open-source technologies like PHP and Python. PHP is powering some of the world’s high traffic websites – it have grown a long way from the year 2000- 2001. Language itself have matured a lot from version 5.0, huge amount of quality software’s are available with large community surrounded them. Ex: Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Typo3 etc. Apart from Mura CMS and BlogCFC, I don’t remember there is any opensource CF software which we all are proud of. Sorry folks I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings but it is a plain truth that even in year 2010 if you search for a quality opensource ColdFusion shopping cart script you won’t find one.
I have exceptional love and passion towards ColdFusion and with all respect I must request Adobe to RE-THINK!!