A response to trends in the open source software market comes this time from relative newcomer provider xTuple. This vendor’s footprint isn’t entirely in the open source door, however, with OpenMFG, its commercially licensed solution with an open source infrastructure.
(GUI) development framework from Trolltech , a Norwegian software company. Before delving into xTuple's answers to our questions, some background on xTuple and OpenMFG is in order. The vendor is a relative newcomer in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) arena; it was founded in 2002 (as OpenMFG) by its current president and chief executive officer (CEO) Ned Lilly, a former executive at Landmark Communications . The first we learned of OpenMFG was at an industry event in early 2003, where the company