Juno Beach, Florida – (The Hosting News) – October 4, 2006 – Open Source web application framework for the ASP.Net platform, DotNetNuke, has formed DotNetNuke Corporation. The new entity will focus on the management of the project, in an effort to leverage resources to develop and distribute a superior, free, Open Source web application framework for the developer community, within a prosperous commercial ecosystem.
Shaun Walker, Founder of DotNetNuke Corp. remarked, ”The formation of this company reflects the maturity of the DotNetNuke project. As the adoption rate of DotNetNuke continues to grow, it is increasingly being used as a platform for mission-critical websites and web applications. DotNetNuke Corp. exists to instill confidence that while the project continues to remain true to its Open Source ideals, it will also be backed by a company that is focused on providing professional management and stewardship for the project.”
Perpetual Motion Interactive Systems, Inc., Mr. Walker’s British Columbia, Canada-based company that currently manages the DotNetNuke project and its intellectual property including trademarks, will transfer these assets to DotNetNuke Corp., which will be based in Seattle, Washington, according to the company. The new company will maintain the primary authority for managing the Open Source project, stewarding and distributing the source code, setting policies, managing intellectual property, and organizing the relationships between all participants in the project.
Mr. Walker added, ”DotNetNuke Corporation is not a typical commercial entity. Rather, it is dedicated to the public benefit goal at the heart of the DotNetNuke project, which is to create opportunities and spread entrepreneurship to the world by providing a superior Open Source web application framework.”
The project continues to be successful in achieving this goal. In the four years since the DotNetNuke project was launched, it has seen its registered user ranks swell to 335,000 members and demand for its flagship product surpassing 2 million downloads worldwide. This worldwide adoption of DotNetNuke has created significant economic value both for the project and also the commercial ecosystem that it has spawned.
Mr. Walker continued,
”This economic value is an unintended but real by-product of the DotNetNuke project’s overarching mission to create opportunities and spread entrepreneurship to the world. Carefully managed, this value Ã¢â‚¬â€ and the resulting ability to generate revenue Ã¢â‚¬â€ can be used to make the DotNetNuke project self-sustaining and help keep the community open and diverse.”
In addition to spearheading the Open Source project, DotNetNuke Corp. will also focus on developing and delivering services which support the ecosystem, including marketing, sponsorships, and a wide range of partner-related activities. The activities are expected to generate revenue, but the company intends to focus on those opportunities that are consistent with the community values and public goals of the project. This includes providing funding for aspects of the project that are difficult or challenging for volunteer teams to solely undertake such as professional marketing, large-scale platform and feature development, product certification and ecommerce initiatives.
Mr. Walker added, ”Overall, the operation of the DotNetNuke project will remain unchanged. Participants in the DotNetNuke project will not experience any difference in the way the DotNetNuke application is developed, licensed or distributed. As DotNetNuke Corp. adds resources in those areas that are currently lacking, we expect to see improvements that will have an overall positive impact on the project.”
The current members of the DotNetNuke project management board Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Joe Brinkman, Nik Kalyani and Scott Willhite Ã¢â‚¬â€œ will join Mr. Walker as co-founders of the new company.
Mr. Walker concluded, ”Our mission is to create opportunities and spread entrepreneurship to the world by providing a superior open source web application framework which cultivates a passionate developer community as well as a prosperous commercial ecosystem.”
DotNetNuke is an open source web application framework ideal for creating, deploying and managing interactive web, intranet and extranet sites. With a rapidly growing community of over 330,000 registered users, a legion of dedicated professional developers, and an active commercial ecosystem, DotNetNuke continues to strengthen its leadership position in the Microsoft enterprise market.
To learn more, please visit: www.dotnetnuke.com.