Just last week open source enterprise portal developer Liferay released an announcement that it would officially open its new online application store called Liferay Marketplace. The company jump started its latest project with 70 in-house developed applications and themes. The CMS Critic write-up “Liferay Marketplace Launches, Offers Over 70 Apps and Themes” gives us a preview of the planned developments for the marketplace:
In concert with the launch, Liferay has opened the marketplace to outside developers and welcomes them to begin working to put together apps for submission. The next planned phase of the marketplace will bring with it built in transaction and payment processing. This is great news for end users and can only help to build the already burgeoning community that surrounds Liferay’s suite of products.
Staying true to its commitment to open source, Liferay provides the opportunity for software developers and vendors to share the projects that they’ve developed for the portal to the community. Through this, people can simply download applications and enhance the functionality of their portal minus additional IT intervention. Liferay’s move is consistent with the current trend of application marketplaces sprouting all over, whether in enterprise software, mobile OS like Android, and even proprietary programs like Microsoft Office.
But Liferay is not the only one with projects to further support open source developers. LucidWorks, the leader in enterprise search and analytics, has announced its plans to launch SearchHub.org, an open source search community where Lucene/Solr developers can browse technical content as well as interact and exchange ideas with others.
Lauren Llamanzares, August 23, 2012