]Project Open[, or
]po[ is a cross-platform project management tool that is integrated
within an enterprise resource planning system.
It can be used for project planning, tracking, controlling and
invoicing. ]po[ is designed in a modular fashion, individual packages
can be installed and removed at runtime.
The ]Project Open[
Company is located in Spain and is under German management. From the
in a Nutshell document:
]po[ is a Web-based "Enterprise Project Management" software for project-based organizations with 2-200 users. ]po[ integrates areas such as CRM, sales, project planning, project tracking, collaboration, timesheet, invoicing and payments.
]project-open[ is one of the largest open-source based web applications in the world with more than 1,000,000 lines of code.
More than 1000 companies in 25 countries use ]po[ to run their businesses.
The depth of functionality provided by
]Project Open[ is shown by the extensive
list of modules that can be used for performing the many operations.
Key module categories include Projects, Finance, Customers, Collaboration,
Human Resources, Providers, Knowledge Management, Reporting and Translation.
explains the project's organization relative to the required
open-source project dependencies.
]po[ requires the
web server with the
It does not work with Apache and there are no plans for Apache
support in the future.
is used as the underlying DBMS. The
document explains the relationships of the various subcomponents
]po[ is released under a mixed-source model of
licensing including GPL, the
]project-open[ Free License (FL) and the ]project-open[
Commercial License (CL).
The model is explained this way:
The basic idea behind ]project-open[ is to create an open-source
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. So why don't we release all of
our code under an open-source license such as the GPL ?
It's a difficult one. We are believers in open-source who are convinced
that open-source economics will, on the long term change and finally
dominate the entire software industry. However, there is a certain misfit
between the open-source concept and ERP software, because ERPs are
considered by most open-source developers to be very boring; resulting that
few of them are willing to spend their free time developing them. We have
tried a lot of different options in the past in order to tackle this issue
and to make open-source ERPs work. However, due to the lackluster success
of the completely "open-source" method, some auxiliary parts of
]project-open[ are licensed commercially in order to generate revenue for
The "boring" nature of ERP software hasn't prevented the community from
producing a variety
of offerings, though.
The ]po[ Free License is unusual:
Software under the Free License is free for everybody to use and modify. It is "normal" commercial software, but the license fee is 0.00.
However, the redistribution of any software that has been
downloaded/modified is restricted in order to avoid the "free loader
problem" (companies taking advantage of the efforts of others). Basically,
you have to become a "[partner]" and share the development costs in order
to receive the rights of redistribution for any software
downloaded/modified with the Free License.
The license text is a bit more clear: redistribution of the software
requires a separate license which may be had by contacting the project and,
presumably, meeting whatever terms they may require. The "Free License" is
a "free beer" license which happens to include source code.
Version 3.4 of ]po[ was
on November 5, 2009.
V3.4 is the first release after nearly 18 months of development work. New
non-functional features include a completely revamped GUI, localization into
10 languages, and an online context help system. New functionality includes
support for ITIL/ITSM processes including Helpdesk (Incident and Change
Management), Inventory (Configuration & License Management), Release
Management, and integration links with Nagios, CVS, OCS-Inventory, and many
more. New enterprise features include an Active Directory integration, the
increased use of approval workflows for business objects, generic auditing
for regulatory compliancy, performance improvement for companies with >1.000
users, and the support for multiple profit centers (corporate multi-company
structures) and profit center controlling.
If your small or medium sized business needs a Linux-compatible
business management system and you don't mind working with a
mixed-source product, ]Project Open[ appears to be capable of
providing a wide range of capabilities.
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