Welcome to the March 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.
- Browse the collaboration area and general document management area of your repositories from Alfresco Share
- Deploy web content to an Alfresco Document Management repository
- Browse the document repository using folders, cloud tags, category lists or favorites
- Better control the file transformation process with the new OpenOffice transformation subsystem, configured through the JMX
- The open source fully-certified Alfresco Records Management component updated to the 5015.02 standard
They've also moved the Alfresco repository to the LGPL.
- Stabilizing the installation experience
- Improving error handling for the new New Module Wizard
- Adding the ability to use the PayPal sandbox for validating PayPal configurations
- Security updates
DotNetNuke Corp. also landed $8 million in Series B Funding from new investor UV Partners and existing investors August Capital and Sierra Ventures. The company states that the money will be used to "accelerate product development and expand marketing and sales."
In February, the folks behind DrupalCon (news, site) accepted proposals from those wanting to present at the conference. Voting is now open to determine which sessions will take place in San Francisco from April 19 - 21.
As of mid-month, 1,300 people have purchased tickets to the conference. Robert Douglass of Acquia () says that they're on track for a record attendance of over 2,000 people. There were 1,422 last year in Washington, DC. Conference organizers are still looking for corporate sponsors. Go here for more information.
The Drupal 7 release continues to make progress. January saw the first alpha release. The second alpha release came out this week (download here). There is a "Drupal 7 Launch" item on the schedule for the San Francisco Drupalcon, however the official line is that Drupal 7 will be released when it's ready. Current speculation puts "ready" at some point in Q2 or maybe Q3 of 2010.
eZ Systems, makers of the eZ Publish (news, site) commercial open source Web CMS continue with the bi-annual "heartbeat" schedule of releases. Version 4.3 is scheduled for release at the end of March. This update contains a significant make-over of the administrative user interfaces, some enhancements to RSS publishing capabilities, updates to the eZ Find search plug-in -- adding better support for multilingual content repositories, and a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. Stay tuned as we bring you more info on the 4.3 release in the coming weeks.
With CMS 7.3 you can:
- Allow site users to 'discover' and slice and dice content through the faceted navigation mechanism
- Click an edit button in the (preview) website and automatically open the cms interface at the right location to edit - no more searching or browsing in the content structure. We call this 'surf and edit'
- Easily build web-forms straight from the CMS interface
- Define readable, search engine friendly URLs for your web-pages
- Employ a smart, rule-based, replication process to guarantee security and speed up your system
There are also plans to put the Apache Jetspeed 2.2.1 Portal on the map as a new media integration engine to support the demand for integration with online apps (leveraging all the widgets and OpenSocial apps available now).
- Support for Open ID offers easy integration with Open ID supporters such as Google, Yahoo and Myspace. Open ID support is provided by the Apache Shindig project, a recent graduate from the Apache Software Foundation incubator
- Integration of Wookie, still in incubator phase at the Apache Software Foundation. This promising new technology will bring W3C Widgets, OpenSocial applications and Google Wave to the enterprise portal space
In February, Louise Landry announced that the Joomla! (news, site) project will soon allow developers to register accounts with the Joomla! Developer Network so they can directly commit code to the subversion repositories. Right now they're in a request for comments phase on the Joomla! Contributor Agreement that each developer will need to sign before being able to commit.
Along with this step toward opening the project to more contributors, Joomla! reached its 15 millionth download. A topic no doubt mentioned at their Joomla!Day in Melbourne on February 12 through 14. Another topic discussed at this event was what to expect in new features from Joomla! 1.6.
Also, four other Joomla! projects have passed the million download mark:
- Joomla! Spanish
- Joom!Fish multilingual extension
Coming up in March is Joomla!Day France on the 21st in Bordeaux.
- Performance and efficiency enhancements
- Content thumbnails in Browse Documents Column View
- InstantView extended to support popular image file formats including .PNG, .JPG, .GIF and .TIFF
- The ability to search by document owner
- The ability to print electronic signature audit logs as defined by FDA 21 CRF part 11
- Background bulk downloads allowing you to work on other items within KnowledgeTree while downloads proceed
In version 4.3, new features include:
- i18n support for single-structure, multi-language sites using the Standard Templating Kit (STK)
- Multi-domain support without needing to use Apache as a front-end
- The ability to store and edit scripts and templates within the repository using your browser or WebDAV, then publish them directly from there
- Dialog and site definition extendability
- A new, easier to use, maintain and test tag library for authoring tags
The team has also published a user manual for Magnolia 4.2.
A community member in February integrated Railo, an open source ColdFusion server, with Magnolia, and OpenMind, a Magnolia partner, has:
- Offered enhancements to Magnolia 4.3 core
- Published a number of updated modules, including SimpleMedia
- Published a new module, "Magnolia Repository Tools," which adds a GUI for running maintenance operations on the underlining Jackrabbit () repository and Lucene () Index.
Coming in March the Magnolia team will work on Sprint 3 to finish their roadmap items, including simplifying the cluster and cache configuration, along with their new module store that's coming in version 4.3.
In February, the mojoPortal (news, site) team focused their efforts on a feature that their community has apparently been asking for: the ability to use Artisteer to skin mojoPortal. Joe Audette states that, "Non technical people can easily make nice web designs and [Artisteer-]generated markup is high quality ... we are making changes in mojoPortal to make it Artisteer friendly so that it is easy to transform the standard html template output of Artisteer into a mojoPortal skin."
February brings the first mojoPortal release with an example skin created using this method. In March, the team will continue to refine this process, as well as documenting the steps necessary to create skins from Artisteer templates. From there they'll investigate whether the process can be completely automated.
In February, Nuxeo (news, site) and ReadSoft announced a partnership to develop a new connector integrating hard copy data with Nuxeo's document management solutions. This connector should be available in the second quarter of 2010. A seminar is scheduled in Paris on April 15 to demonstrate the new solution .
Nuxeo also released Nuxeo DAM, a CMIS-enabled Digital Asset Management application. You can register for a product introduction webinar on March 12 at 12:00pm Eastern Time here. There's also a webinar coming on March 3 at 12:00pm Eastern Time offering a live Q&A with the Nuxeo team about Nuxeo Studio, a product they released in January. Register here.
February also brought a nod from the Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards 2010, which named Nuxeo as a "Company to Watch" in the information management category for the second year in a row.
Nuxeo has also responded to customer and partner requests by publishing more updates to their product strategy and roadmap, such as:
In March, Nuxeo expects to announce new key partnerships and technology alliances, especially in the area of document automation and capture, as well as content management. They'll also be on the road with booths at the following March shows:
- Open Source Business Conference 2010 in San Francisco
- Documation in Paris, France
- Solutions Linux/Open Source in Paris, France
Executives will also attend the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration conference in Baltimore, MD.
In February, ocProducts (news, site) announced that ocPortal () 4.3.1 will fully support Facebook's new PHP compiler, HipHop PHP (HPHP). The compiler's creators claim that it doubles the speed of PHP code, though ocProducts says that they're waiting for a few bugs to be fixed before they can do a fair comparison.
"We had to make quite a few changes to our code to make it run," says Maydn Maidment, a Project Manager with ocProducts, "although fortunately ocPortal's coding standards and low PHP extension requirements helped (some projects will be a bit stuck as HPHP does not support PHP sessions yet, or because the addons won't automatically follow the core coding standards HPHP requires)."
He states that the benefits will mostly come for larger websites that have full control over their servers, letting them deploy with greater efficiency.
- Open Atrium beta 4
- Managing News beta 7
The new Open Atrium beta features:
- Installation profiles based on Drush instead of a single monolithic repository
- Exchanging Mail2web with Mailcomment
- Module upgrades
- Renamed installation profile
- Updated theme
- New and updated tests
- Drag and drop menu re-ordering and block manipulation
- Dashboards now feature multiple layouts
- A tighter UI
- Reworked features like a new shortbox
- and more
They also removed:
- Removed privacy per feature
- Removed lock preset attributes
For the Managing News beta, new functionality includes:
- Inline tagging for quickly sorting news into Channels
- Easier customization of Maps
- Security upgrades
- A switch in Syndication parsers
They are interested in reports on your experiences with the change in parser, and whether you're satisfied with the new change.
If you're curious of what you can build with Managing news, go here for an example custom application built on this platform.
In February, Plone (news, site) released version 4.0 alpha 5. This is the last version before the project takes Plone 4.0 to beta. In addition to bug fixes and feature additions, the team also made markup more consistent and significantly improved performance.
Those who want to test this pre-release can either:
- If you don't have Plone 4 installed yet, download the Unified Installer
- If you do have a version of Plone 4 installed, update your buildout.cfg to extend, and re-run the buildout script
Windows and Mac installers will be released in March with the first beta.
February also included registration opening for Plone Symposium East from May 24 - 30 at Penn State, where you can also propose training and talks. In February or March, you'll also be able to propose talks for the Plone Symposium 2010 in Sorrento, Italy from May 26 - 30.
Those who use the Plone logo will benefit from reading the new Plone logo usage guidelines.
Coming in February or March, details on Plone meetups for New York and Paris sometime in May will be released, along with information about an upcoming Plone book.
February saw the release of Sense/Net (news, site) Beta 5. As part of the beta they integrated the Lucene .Net search engine and implemented the List architecture. They have since created a partner program and already have over a dozen partner prospects from Italy, Hong Kong, USA and Singapore and some from eastern Europe. Opportunities include Implementation, OEM and Hosting partners.
March bring the introduction of the SCRUM methodology for more stable development and more fequent releases. They have also hired senior designers and GUI engineers to help enhance Sense/Net 6.0's user experience.There are also plans to update the design and make adjustments to the portlet framework (making developer lives easier).
Sense/Net website has moved to www.sensenet.com with plans for a new website sometime in April.
The next two weeks will see the team prepare for the RC which is expected to be ready in March-April. QA engineers will be testing the RC starting mid March before it becomes the final Sense/Net 6.0 Enterprise CMS.
And finally, if you are attending the Microsoft MIX event in March, look for Sense/Net. They aren't exhibiting, but are open for meetings.