I keep getting the question that which (open source) portal should one use. The answer is not simple and depends upon the requirements. Today I got the similar email once again asking which portal is easiest to use.
Here is normally what I suggest to people -
- Looking for easy to use portal - Stringbeans, and eXo
- Looking for lots of out-of-box portlets - Liferay
- Looking for portal with extendible architecture and standard support - eXo
- Looking for good JSR 168 compliant portlet container - eXo, and JBoss
Though I believe that all the oepn source portals needs to improve on documentation front to make them really easy to use.
Update (June 30th, 2006): I received lots of feedback on this post. Based on that I want to make one clarification. In concluding above, I kept developer's point of view in mind and not end-user's. For example when I am saying "easy to use", it means easy to use for developers i.e. easy to deploy portlets, easy to adminster and easy to develop portlets etc.