Which Portal? Apache Jetspeed, of course!

Punit asked Which Open
Source Portal Server?
, and here is my answer:

He lists the
top contenders in the open source portal market as:
Apache Jakarta Jetspeed 2

would mod it to change Jetspeed to version 1 and add Jahia.

About 5
months ago I did a fairly extensive evaluation of the portal market. I chose Apache Jetspeed
1. We are running 1.4 now, but are migrating to 1.5 soon and 2.0 when it is finally released.
We are so happy with Jetspeed! At the time of my evaluation it was miles ahead of Liferay,
eXo, and uPortal for our purposes.

eXo looks promising, but is/was
still in its infancy. uPortal is great for universities, but we need an application portal not
an enterprise/university portal. We don’t need email/calendar/todo lists. What we need is a
framework so our applications can utilize portlets for extensibility and customization.
Liferay looked like it needed a new architecture regarding JSR 168.

us it came down to Jahia and Jetspeed. Jahia is a very nicely done portal that runs on the
Jetspeed platform. However I had problems running it in Weblogic. Also Jetspeed was more
customizable for our purposes. It handles customization of data and user views. It is very
easy to get running and very easy to program for. We use a blend of Jetspeed MVC and Struts
for our architecture components. We have been able to extend sections of the Jetspeed code for
our purposes too! The Apache Jakarta name is a huge seller in our government environment, and
this went a long way in helping me sell the portal above Weblogic’s Portal, TIBCO, Plumtree,
and Vignette.

Jetspeed 2 looks to be great when it is stable and
released. Until then, Jetspeed 1 is all we need. I should do another entry on JSR 168 and why
that is not important to us, yet. Jetspeed essentially shelters us from the current

[Update: 12/21/2004] I would now upgrade this to say, pick Jetspeed
1.6 Fusion
if you want JSR-168 portlets when migrating from the original Jetspeed.
In this way, we can still support our original Jetspeed portlets until they are fully migrated
to JSR-168 versions. I would also choose Jetspeed 1.6 Fusion for a new project, but only
develop JSR-168 Portlets for it. This way you can easily migrate to Jetspeed 2 when it is
final and stable. Take a look at the struts
portal bridge
, that can be deployed on any portal to use struts in developing your
portal apps.

[Update: 2/20/2006] Wow, I’m impressed that people are
still hitting this page quite regularly! Some of you may also be interested in my thread
related directly to deploying Jetspeed on Weblogic: Jetspeed
on Weblogic FAQ