Comparing Apples

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-04-12 Print this article Print


Comparing Apples

If you really want to, it's even possible to run Alfresco Enterprise Edition on Mac OS X, as I did during testing. That wasn't done by design: The company's download site provided the optional Mac installer on what appeared to be an equal basis with the Linux and Windows installers. It wasn't until several days into my testing that I learned that, officially, Alfresco offered only the Community Edition of the CMS for Apple's server platform.

That didn't explain the presence of the phrase "certified and supported" on every page of the Web-based front end for the Enterprise Edition as it was installed on Mac OS X Server-or the absence of any note in the installation guides regarding the unsupported status of Alfresco Enterprise Edition on Apple's OS. (Call me old-fashioned, but when someone has setup instructions for a platform, I generally assume that the platform has some degree of support.)

When Paul Hampton, Alfresco's product marketing director, explained to me that the Mac installer was provided for the convenience of evaluators, I nearly bit my tongue off to keep from laughing. I've run across some strange things in 13 years of reviewing products, but the idea that someone would evaluate a product for business use on a software stack that wasn't going to be supported in the actual deployment strikes me as beyond silly and approaching delusion.


P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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