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Renaming Standard Edition to Community Edition

Company Blogs September 25, 2009 By Bryan Cheung Staff

I want to take a moment to announce that we are going to start referring to the open source builds of Liferay Portal as "Community Edition." We originally introduced Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition at the beginning of this year to provide a new subscription offering to organizations that wanted the benefits of open source software but wanted continued service packs on older version of Liferay software. At the same time we wanted to let the community know that we were not "selling out" in any way—that the quality of our open source releases would remain high and that we would not be doing a "bait and switch" with our EE. 
 
For these reasons we had decided to name the community version "Standard Edition." However, in the last nine months of selling EE and explaining the difference between EE and SE, we've often found people ultimately saying, "Oh, so basically SE is your Community Edition?" 
 
It's fairly conventional now for "Community" to indicate the open source release in a dual-license model, especially for those who are familiar with MySQL. And we've also found that our community doesn't care what we call it, as long as our open source release is still the same good product, which it has been and will continue to be.
 
On a side note, we happened to discover that there are products out there that use the SE nomenclature such as "Oracle Standard Edition," which is a stripped-down version of Oracle at a lower cost, and that probably added a bit to the confusion as well. 
 
Perhaps most importantly, renaming SE to Community Edition will help our community members convince their decision makers to go with the commercial subscription when appropriate. It's much easier to make that decision when the question is, "Do you want to run it on LIferay Community or Liferay Enterprise?"
 
You'll see this change begin to make its way across our website, JIRA, marketing materials, and the actual software releases. 
 
Thanks again to our community for making Liferay the standard for open source portal and social collaboration software. ;)
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This makes a lot of sense. With Standard... Hennie de Villiers September 25, 2009 11:44 PM
Hi Bryan, I fully agree with making this... Jorge Ferrer September 26, 2009 8:55 AM
Hi Cheung, Very nice write-up. You have a... Ahmed Hasan September 26, 2009 11:41 AM

This makes a lot of sense. With Standard Edition some people may have wondered "what's the catch?"
Posted on 9/25/09 11:44 PM.
Hi Bryan,

I fully agree with making this change. One of the reasons I remember that were mentioned when we originally decided against calling it "community edition" was that some other products had use that term to refer to a version of the product to which they didn't pay attention, which was not at all our case. Fortunately, from the comments I've received our community has already acknowledge does.

Furthermore the new name states more clearly what CE is about: community involvement. We want to keep making it easier for people to participate and have a chance to help improve Liferay in the direction they think is best.
Posted on 9/26/09 8:55 AM.
Hi Cheung,

Very nice write-up. You have a good sense of humour.
Posted on 9/26/09 11:41 AM.