Welcome to the October 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 email@example.com to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In October, the folks at Alfresco Software (news, site) released Alfresco Community 4.2.a and Alfresco Community 4.2.b, which is primarily a bug fix release. In particular, Alfresco 4.2.b addresses Tomcat 7 security’s interaction with the Flash uploader. The 4.2 series includes the following new features:
- Google Docs integration.
- A rich media gallery.
- New dashlets, such as a Search dashlet integrated with the site dashboard, a Site Search for running ad hoc queries, and a My Discussions dashlet that makes it easy to track and filter current discussions.
- New methods for sharing document content, such as Download as Zip and the ability to generate a shortened link that can be sent through email.
- Support for JDK 1.7 and Tomcat 7.
- Now embeds the Activiti business process engine to handle advanced workflows.
Alfresco also launched the Alfresco Mobile SDK for both iOS (version 5.1 and later) and Android (version 4.0 and later), and the CMIS plus REST public Alfresco API. The SDK enables mobile access to both self-run Alfresco servers and those living in the Alfresco Cloud, as will the public API, though the public API’s self-run server REST access is a pending feature. CMIS calls through the public API will work either on Alfresco Cloud or self-run servers.
Coming in November are two Alfresco DevCons: Alfresco DevCon Berlin (November 6) and Alfresco DevCon San Jose (November 4).
In October, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) released a package that lets users publish site content into a Windows 8 app. Composite C1 also passed the 25,000 installation mark, which breaks down to 50 installations per day since converting to open source, and finished integrating the community project CompositeC1Contrib into the project’s core.
In Ocober, the Drupal (news, site) project released a draft of the new Community Working Group Charter, which is a direct result of the Drupal Governance Sprint held over the summer. This group’s mission will be to “maintain a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal project on the different drupal.org websites, official IRC channels, and mailing lists.”
The Drupal Association board continues the search for a new Executive Director, as well.
In October, the folks at eZ Publish (news, site) launched the first eZ Publish Community Project build for the 5.x series. Build 2012.9 brings Symfony 2 as the controlling framework. The team also released a revamped Personal Account Management System that gives the community Single Sign-on, and a new issue tracker as well.
October also brought the sold out First eZ Community UnConference. Coming in November will be eZ Publish Community Project build 2012.10 and the final release of eZ Publish Enterprise Edition 5.0.
Hippo also released Hippo CMS 7.7.6. This version of the CMS is primarily a maintenance release with a number of big fixes and small improvements.
During November, the Hippo team will continue work toward Hippo CMS 7.8. Customer experience is a major factor in this particular release. Other items of note include:
- Improvements to the update console.
- Improvements to configuration update management.
- Performance improvements in the Hippo Delivery Tier, otherwise known as the Hippo Site Toolkit (HST).
In October, Jahia launched Jahia xCM 6.6.1, the newest version of its web content management system. The big enhancement in this latest version is the ability for marketers to easily design mobile user experiences. New features include:
- Mobile in-context page and template building
- Multichannel integrated in preview window
- Multichannel customizable providers
- Channel fallback
- Point and click content assignments
Coming in early November, expect the launch of Jahia Wise, a new enterprise social and collaborative document sharing solution. CMSWire had the opportunity to get an early preview of Jahia Wise at the beginning of October.