Crust or Corteza?

At Crust we often get asked the question as to whether an organisation should use Crust or Corteza? If your deployment is in a professional setting, then we always recommend Crust. If not, Corteza is a good option, as it usually has some extra features. We often use the analogy of Fedora’s relationship to Red Hat Enterprise Linux to explain the differences. However, that’s an over-simplified comparison, and we usually need to explain in more detail. The following are some useful questions and answers:

What’s the difference between Crust and Corteza?

Corteza is fundamentally a development and testing platform. We’re continually adding new features to it, and it often gets updated a few times a week. This “rolling-release” approach means you need to know your way around Corteza to support it reliably.

Best think of Crust of as an enterprise product based on Corteza source code. It is stable and thoroughly tested. The versions we sell are based on major releases which only come out every three months (the next major version release is 19.12 this December). Crust also doesn’t contain everything in Corteza, for apparent reasons.

Are There Other Differences?

Yes, and they’re essential differences too! They primarily concern intellectual property.

Corteza is released under an Apache 2.0 license. It is 100% the property of the Commons Conservancy Foundation. Crust, while based on Corteza code, has its proprietary binaries and a proprietary user subscription model.

One reason Crust takes this approach is to offer more flexibility to enterprise customers who may not want to work with an exclusively open source license. Customers may wish to add on their proprietary extensions or business logic.

The other main reason is that open-source software licenses are distributed “as is” without warranties or assurances of any kind. The “as is” condition is often unacceptable to enterprises, with good reason. Businesses need to know someone’s going to take responsibility when software throws up bugs and other surprises.

Will Long-Term Support Ever be made Available for Corteza?

Yes, we certainly hope so someday. The stronger the community gets, the more likely this will be. Corteza counts many great organisations amongst its users to date, and exciting new developments are happening almost by the week.

Long-term support is a big responsibility for a community to bear and maintain. However, with enough determination, we’ll reach that goal, for sure.

Any Plans for a SaaS Service?

For those who don’t want to self-host their deployments and wish to leave all support and management to the team here at Crust Technology, we will be delivering a Crust Cloud in 2020. Watch this space for more information!

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Why choose Crust and Corteza? Because Customer and User Trust are Sacred.

I’ve been asked a good number of times over the last few days why Crust Technology decided to donate all its software intellectual property to the Commons Conservancy Foundation and created Corteza “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”. Why give away what many tech businesses consider to be the crown jewel in their commercial portfolio?

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CIB and Crust Technology announce partnership to create the LibreOffice Online “Corteza” distribution

Munich, Germany
20 June 2019

CIB and Crust Technology today announced a partnership to create the LibreOffice Online “Corteza” distribution, a free production grade release of the LibreOffice Online software. All software development will be carried out within The Document Foundation, the custodian of the LibreOffice project, while packages will also be made available via Corteza, the Digital Work Platform for Humanity and upstream distribution of Crust.

As one of the principal long-term contributors to LibreOffice, CIB were the obvious choice of partner for this projectsays Niall McCarthy, CEO of Crust Technology.We’re excited to play our part in building a top class LibreOffice Online integration for the completely free and independent Corteza project by helping with various user interface and user experience improvements within LibreOffice Online and by providing the necessary storage and identity infrastructure within Corteza”.

We’re very excited about this opportunity, with the vast functionality and potential oFreef LibreOffice Online being delivered in Cortezaremarks Thorsten Behrens, head of the LibreOffice team at CIB.software took its time, but this marriage of LibreOffice and Corteza certainly delivers on a bright future for private Digital Work platforms. We are proud to enable users to make use of Open Formats, giving them full control over their content and data”.

The LibreOffice Online “Corteza” distribution is targeted for release at the beginning of September 2019. At the same time a version for enterprises of “LibreOffice Online powered by CIB” will be made available for the commercial Crust platform.

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Crust Technology donates Corteza, “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”

20 June 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Crust Technology (www.crust.tech) today announced that it is contributing all of its private cloud software infrastructure to the Commons Conservancy Foundation. The independent project will be named “Corteza” and marketed as “The Digital Work Platform for Humanity”.

A modern cloud architecture written predominantly in Golang and Vue.js, the Corteza platform delivers powerful CRM, Enterprise Messaging and a Low Code Development platform for building records-based management systems. These are tied together in Corteza One, a unique user interface and management console for integrating native and third party applications and handling identity.

Crust is delighted to launch Corteza, the Digital Work Platform for Humanity. Our sincerest thanks go the Commons Conservancy Foundation for welcoming us with open arms and to the new Corteza Board of Directorssays Niall McCarthy, CEO of Crust Technology Ltd.One of Corteza’s core ambitions is to be the 100% trustworthy work platform. Contributing our technology permanently to the public interest is the best manner in which to achieve this goal”.

Modern organisations depend on a lot of technology to deal with all their contacts and to efficiently organise their processes. Getting the right technology to support quickly evolving processes is core to the success of every business, not-for-profit and public body out there -and at the same time there certainly is no one size fits all.“, says Michiel Leenaars, Chair of The Commons Conservancy.So it is revolutionary that Corteza is contributing a strong open source information management offering with a comprehensive feature set out of the box, which any organisation can customise to exactly fit their needs. And on top of that, I’m excited about the fact that this allows organisations to have reliable and mature technology they can run on premises, which is a great boon for privacy“.

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