Welcome to the September 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 September, the folks at Alfresco Software (news, site) announced the release of Alfresco Enterprise Sync, which synchronizes your on-premise Alfresco repositories with Alfresco in the cloud. To go with this release, Alfresco also launched the Alfresco Connector for Salesforce, which will allow sales teams to share, collaborate and control contracts, marketing materials and other business-critical documents using Alfresco’s cloud-based document management solution. With this connector, teams will be able to upload, share, tag and edit content directly from within Salesforce.
Alfresco has also announced an early preview of Alfresco Desktop Sync, which allows end-users to synchronize files on their desktop with Alfresco in the cloud or on their own servers. Coming in October, expect a new release of Alfresco Community Edition.
In September, the folks at DotNetNuke (news, site) announced that the company had achieved a two-year compounded annual growth rate of 103 percent for the period ending in 2011 (after beginning to license its Profession Edition product in 2009). They ended the second quarter of 2012 with a 42 percent increase over the first quarter, and the company’s worldwide customer base for commercial products grew to over 2,000. Commercial applications distributed through the DotNetNuke Store rose to over 10,000 apps and design templates, and the open source community grew to over 700,000 production websites worldwide and more than one million registered community members.
In September, Drupal (news, site) project founder Dries Buytaert designated the Views in Drupal Core (VDC) project as an official initiative for Drupal 8. This initiative will bring the #1 most-used contributed module, Views, into Drupal itself. Buytaert also issued an Updated Drupal 8 Release Schedule, which would continue the development phase through December 1, have a feature freeze through April 1, 2013, enter the code freeze until the release of RC1 and then continue with RCs until the final release. The target time frame for the release of Drupal 8 is September 2013.
Drupal company Acquia (news, site) was named Private Company of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council at their 2012 MassTLC Leadership Awards. The award recognizes Acquia's significant expansion and growth over the last twelve months, including:
- 100 percent employee growth.
- 150 percent revenue growth.
- 300 percent increase in its customer base.
- The acquisition of two companies.
- The addition of over 100 new technology and development partners to its network.
The company also launched seven major new offerings and began an education initiative, training future college graduates and career changers in how to use Drupal.
Coming in October, Buytaert will present on the next generation of Drupal sites and what it means for the public sector at the World Government Summit on Open Source.
- A PostgreSQL driver.
- A new user interface for administrators.
- A new front-end template.
- Mobile device support using the Twitter (news, site) Bootstrap framework.
- The ability to copy a template.
- The option to disable changing a Username in the Profile.
- The ability to install language packages directly from the extension manager.
In this month, the project crossed the 34 million download mark, no doubt (in part) because of the major new release. A number of Joomla! Days are planned for October: Joomla! Day Australia, Joomla! Day Bulgaria, Joomla! Day Denmark, Joomla! Day Germany and Joomla! Day Israel.
The company also launched their Liferay Marketplace, which is a public repository of enterprise apps and themes that can be used to extend the Liferay Portal. Developers were also invited to produce third-party apps, which they will be able to upload and sell through the Marketplace in a future roll-out of the platform.
Liferay also announced the first general release of Liferay Faces, an open source project fostering interoperability between JavaServer Faces (JSF) and Liferay Portal. One feature of this project is the Liferay Faces Bridge, which has been certified as compliant with the JSR 329 standard.
Coming on October 8th and 9th in San Francisco is the Liferay North America Symposium.
In September, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) held their Magnolia Conference, where they previewed Magnolia 5. The videos, slides, and photos are available online. Anticipated features for Magnolia 5 include:
- A “mobile first” CMS user interface design for easier content management on any device.
- A touch-capable user interface, allowing you to navigate between content management apps using a mobile phone-like springboard.
- A collection of task-focused customization apps along with a rich UI widget set and framework for creating your own.
- Continuous activity feeds with Magnolia 5 Pulse.
- Shortcut creation through Magnolia 5 Favorites.
- An Action Bar that highlights available actions, rather than making you drill through menus and toolbars.
At the conference, numerous users asked for support in migrating to Magnolia CMS 4.5. As a result, there are now in-depth guides available. Two new enhancement modules were also made available for the Magnolia Spring integration module, Blossom.
In September, the folks at mojoPortal (news, site) worked toward the October release of their next version. The major features coming in this release include support for podcasting within the blog, and a new internal content system that can be used both with the blog and on CMS pages. Support for WorldPay in the Web Store feature is also in the works, but may not make this particular release.
This release will also include an update to mojoPortal’s free Artisteer skin exporter.
In September, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) released Nuxeo Platform 5.6. This version offers new design tools, adaptive workflow, desktop synchronization and a mobile toolkit to aid in creating business applications. They also received some user give-back when the Indianapolis Museum of Art contributed code back to the community.
Coming on October 25th and 26th in Paris is Nuxeo World. Structured differently from before, the first day will focus on conference sessions and the second is reserved for training workshops.
In September, the Plone (news, site) project announced the keynote speakers for the Plone Conference 2012, which will be held October 10th to 12th in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This year, there’s a trio of keynote speakers: Matt Hamilton from the Plone Foundation, Eric Steele from the Plone 4 release team and AMP Sports and Jan Jongboom from Cloud9. The project has also garnered attention from InfoWorld, being chosen by the Bossie Awards 2012 as one of the best open source applications, and has received an additional highlight by PC World.
Nominations for the Plone Foundation Board of Directors are open until October 9, 2012, and the Plone Innovation Awards are also still accepting nominations. The Plone Conference 2013 has opened its call for proposals.
Coming in October is the Plone Conference 2012, as mentioned earlier, and the 61st Plone Tune-Up Day on October 19th.
In September, the folks at Sense/Net (news, site) released Sense/Net 6.1.2 Community Edition. This release brings numerous bug fixes along with workflow start options -- on whether the workflow should be started automatically upon content creation or change, or if it should only start manually. Other minor enhancements include a reusable Reject client button for approval scenarios and resource editor enhancements.
Work also began on Sense/Net 7, which will include a revamped API that comes with full REST support for building rich AJAX-based user interfaces. Some parts of this release will be back-ported as updates to Sense/Net 6. In October, Sense/Net will offer a release map and a broader list of planned features for Version 7.
In September, the folks at Squiz (news, site) wound down from their Squiz and Funnelback International User Conference held during the last days of August. The highlights of the conference included a look at Squiz Roadmap and an update on the latest Squiz Matrix.
- A new body copy for the Rolling Calendar Page that allows you to lay out what should happen when there are no search results.
- Improved error handling for required metadata through Workflow Bundles.
- New keyword modifiers for evaluating XPath extensions and for returning a JSON Encoded String.
- Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 (SAML 2.0) federated access management.
- A new keyword to print the ID of a Paint Layout on an Asset.
- Memcache Session Handler support on the Site Network Asset.
- A new custom Change Password design.
Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware
In September, the folks at Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (news, site) released Tiki 8.5 and 9.1. Version 8.5 is the final release for the 8.x series, while the 9.x series will be supported as Long Term Support through November 2015, or upon the release of Tiki 16. Releases 8.5 and 9.1 include bug fixes, a security patch, and some updates.
The team also continued their work toward Tiki 10.0. Coming in October, Tiki will celebrate 10 years of content management and release Tiki 10.0.
- All class names in core were switched to PHP 5.3 namespaces.
- A rewritten and streamlined extension manager.
- A new core logging API.
- An extended workspaces module that supports selecting and handling localizations.
- A file abstraction layer allowing users flexibility in file storage choices.
Work toward a new testing infrastructure also proceeded. This infrastructure will make it easy to execute unit and functional tests on development systems, automatically executing on every commit to the review system.
Coming on October 2nd to 4th is the TYPO3 conference in Stuttgart, Germany. This event will feature the first alpha release of the new content management system based on FLOW3 -- this system is still going by its code name of Phoenix. To that end, FLOW3 1.1 offers over 100 new features and 250 stability and speed enhancements. These new features include:
- A new bootstrap mechanism for use by both FLOW3 and third-party packages.
- A pre-defined boot sequence that can be extended or slimmed down for user-defined request types.
- A re-work of the Model-View-Controller stack, to fit better with REST services and applications.
- Introduce VIE, the semantic interaction framework.
- Use VIE in combination with Emberis.
- Enrich the content elements with RDFa annotations.
- Create a JSON content type definition based on the internal settings of TYPO3 Phoenix.
In September, the WordPress (news, site) project launched its WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance and Security Release. This release includes a variety of bug fixes in areas such as older browser support and theme preview, along with some additional security hardening.