Roy Rubin held the cyber equivalent of a barn raising and had several thousand of his closest friends over for the event. Of course, everyone actually stayed home and did the work from their own little cubicles, kitchen tables, laptops on airplanes and Blackberrys on bar tops. That’s how it goes when you launch a project like developing an open source shopping cart, which is what Rubin and his team at Varien did over the past couple of years. The result is Magento, a shopping the source code of which is yours, free for the download, and which is now loaded on servers around the globe in about 45 languages ... So how does Magento stack up against those other commercial, closed source systems? Apparently quite well. Out of the box (or off the server) it competes with the commercial options well, and the community seems to be serving itself with considerable interplay. A look at the forums on the Magento site shows plenty of interaction among the 20,000 members. There are some features that the pay-for-play packages don’t do well.
It’s by far one of the more exciting e-commerce platforms available for free on the market today. Dripping with features, they really have thought of everything. Wishlists, shop by price and category, item comparison - all the things we’ve come to expect from professional web stores. Its software as good as this that really keeps licensed software on their toes..
Magento was recently covered by Israel's TheMarker newspaper (often referred to as Israel's Wall Street Journal) in its printed daily edition. The article provides an overview of Varien as well as insight into the commercial open source business model.
See the full article here (in Hebrew)
Magento is a new and powerful open source eCommerce platform. If you’re clients need to be able to open an online store and sell products, I would suggest you look into implementing Magento. It’s fairly new, but looks fresh and intuitive. It’s a great alternative to existing platforms that are less user friendly, and more of a pain to integrate (yes, I’m talking about you ZenCart!)
Magento is featured in the latest issue of T3N magazine from Germany. In addition to an overview of the product, a two-page interview with Yoav (CTO) and Roy (CEO) is presented.
The T3N magazine is the world’s first print magazine on the subject of Open Source, web development and TYPO3. It focuses on current industry issues in addition to web development and the Open-Source Content management system TYPO3, as well as interesting projects from the open-source environment.
We talked with Roy Rubin, who was the driver behind the beautiful implementation of CSBE [Custom Business Search Engine] at Magento. We have decided to retain his original Q&A format so that prospects and users can easily see the decision process for this particular case to use Google’s Custom Search Engine.