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Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in March 2012

Welcome to the February 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 to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.

Composite C1

In February, the Composite C1 (news, site) community focused on finishing the Chinese localization of Composite C1. A new translation tool was also released. To make it easier for the Composite C1 community to create new translations, this tool offers features such as suggestions from Google (news, site) Translate.

The new Composite C1 shop

The Composite C1 Chinese localization

Composite C1 also received its first deep outside review, courtesy of Danish .NET expert Henrik Brinch. Other achievements this month include support for JotForm integration and launched the Composite C1 shop to make it easier for people to purchase commercial modules.


The new Composite C1 shop


In February, the Drupal (news, site) community welcomed a new book: Drupal 7 Business Solutions, by Trevor James and Mark Noble. This month, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert selected Documentation Team lead Jennifer "jhodgdon" Hodgdon as a Drupal core co-maintainer for versions 7 and 8. Buytaert states that, "Her responsibility will be solely around documentation and code style patches, plus occasional help on 'emergency' commits such as a required rollback of an accidental patch commit in order to get our automated test suite passing again."

Buytaert's goal for this appointment is to "increase the velocity of Drupal 8 development," accelerate documentation changes, and to allow catch, web chick and himself focus on the larger patches. Speaking of Drupal 8 development, there was also the Web Services and Context Core (WSCCI) Initiative for Drupal 8 sprint, which focused on Drupal and REST.

Those curious about the Drupal 8 timeline should note on their calendars that Buytaert has set the Drupal 8 feature freeze at December 1, 2012.

eZ Publish

In February, the folks at eZ Publish (news, site) released eZ Publish Community Project build 2012.01. The highlight of this release is the native, configurable mobile detection. Another big event was the launch of the new eZ Publish Job Board for those looking to contract or offer eZ Publish skills. A UX enlightenment campaign is also now under way.

Coming in March is a brand new reputation engine, which can be plugged into most online eZ Publish Community platforms. Features will include ramification and badges, among other unnamed items. Also expect eZ Publish Community Project 2012.02, which will offer a significant user experience improvement for content editors: Autosave. This month will also see the rollout of the new Partner Program.

Hippo CMS

In February, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) joined the new OASIS Web Experience Management Interoperability (WEMI) technical committee, which will work toward "a simple domain model for WEM and, additionally, create an abstract set of standard features that would be commonly implemented by these types of tools." It's also launched a video highlighting the new features of Hippo CMS 7.7, which you can watch below.


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