Welcome to the July 2012 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In July, the Drupal (news, site) project continued work toward Drupal 8, which included creating a Getting Involved page for those who want more information, or would like to help. Anyone who'd like to know what the current focuses are in the process would do well to check this page out.
Drupal 8 project leads are also looking for community feedback on the issue of a proposed plugin system. They're looking for feedback on the issue of how well (or poorly) the system works as it stands now, for Drupal 8, for both plugin writing and plugin type writing.
Drupal company Acquia (news, site) was selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Global 250 companies were selected based on a set of five criteria: "innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz."
Acquia also partnered with Janrain to bring social logins to its Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform, and made some improvements to its Acquia Search offering. Anyone interested in making Drupal and Apache Solr (news, site) work well together might want to check out Nick Veenhof's blog post on the subject.
DrupalCon Munich is coming on August 20 - 24. This event is expected to host over 1800 attendees, and is following the theme "Open up! Connecting Systems and People."
In July, the folks at eZ Systems (news, site) announced that eZ Publish 5 will run on a full Symfony 2 stack, including the HMVC front-controller and the Twig template engine. They also released eZ Publish Community Project 2012.6. This is primarily a bug fix release.
July also brought the ez Publish Jump Start, a US west coast community meet-up, and preparations continue toward the 10th Annual eZ Publish Conference and Awards in Cologne, in October 17 - 19. Expect detailed program information soon. Finally, the eZ Diff Squad was formed to acknowledge community contributions and scrutinize every pull request to the eZ Publish kernel, vetting the code before Engineering does the last checks and merges.
Coming in August, expect more episodes of the eZ Publish Show, which focuses on how-to information. Also, expect eZ Publish Community 2012.7.
On the last day of June, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) released Hippo 7.7.4. This is a maintenance release along with some small improvements and a collection of bug fixes. It also celebrated the release of a partner-led (Alogient) integration between Hippo CMS and Konakart, an open source e-commerce solution.
Coming in August, they'll continue work toward Hippo 7.8, which is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2012. The General Availability version will be released prior to the first customer shipment so that feedback can be gathered from the community. The company also hopes to continue its strong growth by continuing to expand its global partner network. Hippo currently have partners in twenty countries, recently adding Satzmedia in Germany, Incentro in western Europe, Objet Direct in France and Esiss in Australia.
In July, the Joomla! (news, site) project released Joomla 3.0 Alpha 1. This particular release is to allow extension developers to test their extensions. The final release, Joomla 3.0.0, is expected in late September.
Coming in August are several Joomla Days, including meetings in Chicago (August 10 - 11), Lomé, TOGO (August 15), and Cape Town, South Africa (August 17 - 19).
In July, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) offered a small preview of Magnolia 5, which it will more fully preview in September at its Magnolia Conference 2012. It also started showing off the UI changes on its blog.
In August, development will continue on Magnolia 5. Expect Magnolia 4.5.4 very soon. This release offers:
- An improved migration process.
- Layout issue fixes for the Magnolia STK.
- Migrated modules.
- Weblogic and Websphere support.
- Full support for HTML 5 structural elements.
- Reference skins supporting these elements in two popular CSS frameworks.
- Support for Facebook comments.
Coming next, it is working with the latest beta of Artisteer 4 and it's a plugin SDK. A mojoPortal Artisteer plugin can directly export a mojoPortal skin from Artisteer, and since Artisteer 4 supports HTML 5, those who aren't CSS experts can use Artisteer to make custom skins. Expect a minor release of mojoPortal once the final release of Artisteer 4 is available.
In July, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) made available the Nuxeo Platform 5.6 Release Candidate. This version follows a new, longer release process which makes Release Candidates available throughout July and August, with the final release for the end of August. Extending the RC process allows for more community feedback before the final release.
New features to expect in Nuxeo Platform 5.6 include:
- A new workflow engine called Content Routing, including a graphical editor and workflow viewer within Nuxeo Studio, and tools to monitor and adapt the running instances of these processes.
- Improved usability for the standard Nuxeo interface, including a brand new document summary screen, a new CSS grid for assembling tabs (which can now be created through a graphical editor) and more Ajax in the UI.
- A new mobile web UI framework based on HTML 5, JQuery mobile and Apache Cordova.
- New social collaboration features such as a new interactive social workspace dashboard, Like and Vote features for documents and event management.
- A document template system that enables Microsoft Word, Excel and OpenOffice document generation from existing data in the repository.
- A Content Diff module that identifies and displays different between documents and document versions, for both content and metadata.
- App-level multi-tenancy for creating public and private apps for the cloud.
- Updated Java (OpenJDK7) and Tomcat (version 7) support.
- A new Debian APT-inspired package management system based on the CUDF standard format.
- Improved core performance, full compatibility to previous APIs.
Throughout July, Nuxeo has been holding a series of webinars on Nuxeo 5.6's new features. This series will continue in August (see the upcoming webinars list on its site's main page).
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