Welcome to the February installment of our what's coming from the open source CMS projects in the next month.

If you're looking through here and feel that your project was left out, we invite you to send us an email at pr@cmswire.com with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.


In January, Acquia (news, site) announced its private beta launch of DrupalGardens.com, a hosted Drupal (news, site) solution. They also launched an Open Government program to help US government agencies meet the requirements of the Open Government Directive.


In January Alfresco (news, site) celebrated its fifth birthday. Three years ago they put Alfresco Community under the GPL. Now they've announced that with the release of Alfresco 3.3 Community they're shifting the Alfresco repository to the LGPL. According to John Newton, Alfresco's Chairman and CTO, "What the LGPL license provides over GPL is the ability to link in the Alfresco repository without affecting proprietary software that links it."

In the meantime, they've released Alfresco 3.2. New features include:

  • Multiple deployment options from fully on-site to fully in the cloud
  • Multi-tenancy for multi-company cloud implementations
  • A 5015.2 certified Records Management module
  • IMAP support for email client access and mail archiving
  • Collaborating on content creation in the cloud
  • Rich user profiles
  • Easier project portal customization
  • Implementation of custom storage policies
  • Monitoring and configuration tools
  • Performance improvements

The company also announced the availability of Alfresco Content Services for Lotus social collaboration products at Lotusphere.


In January, dotCMS (news, site) sent out its version 1.9 developer preview. Major changes coming for 1.9 include:

  • A revamped UI using the Dojo toolkit
  • Improved multi-site management and virtual hosting
  • CMIS web service support
  • i18n Admin Console
  • Improved roles and permissioning
  • A Form Builder tool
  • Custom content fields
  • Binary content types
  • A move to globally unique UUIDs for all objects

They also announced that their annual Boot Camp will be held April 13 - 15 in Miami, FL.


In January, DotNetNuke (news, site) announced the release of DotNetNuke Community, Professional and Elite Edition Version 5.2.2. With this point release, the Professional and Elite Editions both receive a full developer license for Telerik RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX.


The big news for the Drupal (news, site) community in January was the release of Drupal 7 alpha. In February, the project will continue its attack on the issues blocking the alpha from becoming a beta. In case you've somehow missed all of the buzz about why Drupal 7 is a big deal, read up on it here.

eZ Systems

In January, eZ Systems (news, site) announced that it was selected as a winner of the Red Herring's Global 100, a list honoring the year's "most promising private technology ventures from around the world."

Hippo CMS

Coming in February, Hippo CMS (news, site) will release version 7.3 with real-time faceted navigation on repository content. This view lets users browse their content in a "loosely structured manner, drilling down as they wish on certain combinations of tags and characteristics." This new release also adds the Easy Form Builder, as shown here:

Hippo CMS 7.2 - Easy Forms Plugin from Vijay Kiran on Vimeo.


The Joomla (news, site) project continues to work toward Joomla 1.6 beta.


In January, KnowledgeTree (news, site) released version 3.7, which includes an alpha version of KnowledgeTree Explorer. This new product is built on Adobe AIR and so is cross-platform, allowing customers to have a consistent experience no matter what system they're working on. For more details and a walkthrough with screenshots, see KnowledgeTree's preview blog post.

KnowledgeTree.png The KnowledgeTree Explorer on a Windows system.


In January, Magnolia (news, site) reached the milestone of hiring its first full-time technical writer. In addition:

  • The Magnolia community integrated the CMS with Railo, a free and open source alternative for ColdFusion application development
  • They released maintenance release Magnolia 4.2.3
  • They upgraded the documentation website to the latest Magnolia version and published new documentation on topics such as Magnolia controls (GUI widgets) and module versioning
  • They're releasing Magnolia user manual 4.1

February will bring further work on Magnolia 4.3, which they expect to ship in March, and more documentation.


January brought mojoPortal (news, site), a major new release for this project. This version offers improvements to shared files, blogs, the Feed Manager and simple lists and links. It also offers a new File Manager UI based on QtFile.

mojoqtfilemanager.jpg The mojoQt file manager.

Other improvements include:


Nuxeo (news, site) will be releasing Nuxeo DAM 1.0 in early February. Built on the foundation of Nuxeo EP, it has been in beta since December 2009. DAM 1.0 is said to be the first CMIS-compliant digital asset management system.