Welcome to the October 2009 installment of our what's coming from the open source CMS projects in the next 30 days.

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 September, Alfresco (news, site) launched two offerings:

If you're interested in Alfresco's fall worldwide meetups to learn more about new features, future plans and what customers are doing with Alfresco, registration is open. The company also announced that user groups are forming in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Lisbon, Prague, South Africa and Vancouver. A local community wiki is available to help if you want to set one up in your area.

CMIS (Content Interoperability Specification)

Although not a purely open source initiative, the efforts to bring an official standard to enterprise content management has been a joint effort between open source and proprietary software vendors.

As of late yesterday, the CMIS OASIS Technical Committee voted to make the 0.70b draft of the proposed specification the Official Draft and submit that draft for Public Review. We are now waiting for official word of the start of that public review from OASIS.


DotNetNuke (news, site) has had a very busy September. There was the formation of a DotNetNuke Board of Advisors, whose initial members are VP of Business Development at Citrix Systems Frank Artale, Founder and Managing Partner at Olliance Group Andrew Aitken, Managing Director of Emerson Street Partners Glen Winokur and Founder and CEO of Snowcovered Brice Snow.

Also, DotNetNuke Co-Founder and Chief Architect Shaun Walker was appointed to the Microsoft CodePlex Foundation's Board of Directors. Walker's job on the board is to add a "unique, practical open source perspective" to the board since DotNetNuke is such a successful open source project built on Microsoft technology.

Another item is the launch of the DotNetNuke Fusion Partner Program. The program offers three levels of participation: Registered, Certified and Gold. Members can become officially sanctioned DotNetNuke system integrators, hosting providers, designers and training partners.

Last but not least, DotNetNuke became a Network Partner for the Microsoft WebsiteSpark program. This program jumpstarts the creation of websites and applications on the Microsoft technology stack. DotNetNuke can now nominate qualifying organizations (web design firms with 10 or fewer employees) for acceptance, and those who are chosen get additional support, training, software and solutions for development and hosting involving Microsoft products, not to mention the DotNetNuke Community Edition.

eZ Systems

In September, eZ Publish (news, site) 4.2 was released. This release focuses on usability, high performance and providing more advanced solutions for search. Included are several new extensions and a new version of eZ Find.

A number of events are also imminent for the eZ Systems team:

  • September 30 marks a webinar dedicated to high performance
  • In early October, partner days are scheduled in Paris (Oct 2), Dortmund (Oct 6), Oslo (Oct 8) and New Orleans (Oct 14 and 15)
  • October 12-15, eZ Systems attends the IFRA Expo in Vienna, Austria
  • October 16 eZ Systems offers a seminar in Paris for French users and customers October 16

Hippo CMS

For October, the Hippo CMS (news, site) team is organizing the International Forge Friday for the Hippo CMS and Jetspeed Portal communities, marking the first Forge Friday with additional guests. This event will be held on October 30, 2009, from 9am to 2pm PDT in the San Francisco Hippo office and 14.00 to 21.00 CET in the Amsterdam Hippo office. Or, you can attend online.

The purpose of the Hippo Forge gatherings is to pull together developers, technical support engineers, architects, system administrators, hackers and so on who are interested in building Hippo CMS plugins, portlets, repository addons, HST components or other items that might become Hippo Forge projects. This is a working event so bring your coding fingers and creative ideas. And who knows, you might win a prize.

For more information, see the official announcement.

Magnolia CMS

In September, Magnolia (news, site):

  • Held its inaugural Magnolia Conference, which sold out with 80 participants
  • Held its first Partner Day with 18 participants
  • Released Magnolia 4.1.1 with the first set of bug fixes for the 4.1 branch, while adding Chrome and Safari 4 compatibility
  • Released Standard Templating Kit 1.1.2 with bug fixes
  • Released Magnolia 3.6.8 with bug fixes, declaring that this is likely the last release in the 3.6 branch (no, you weren't imagining things, 3.6.7 was canceled due to an activation bug)
  • Defined the roadmap for Magnolia 4.2, setting the release date for November 15
  • Hired a Subject Matter Expert to advise clients on integrating Magnolia into enterprise environments
  • Released the Magnolia Conference Coverage page, where you can find released material from their conference with more to come

In October, expect to see:

  • Continued work on Magnolia 4.2
  • More conference videos
  • Publication of part of the 4.1 user manual


In September, mojoPortal (news, site) released version Improvements include:

  • A more consistent file browsing and upload experience in TinyMCE, FCKeditor and CKeditor
  • A new user avatar system that automatically resizes uploaded images, and can replace Gravatar if desired
  • A new Silverlight Slide Show and a new Flickr Slideshow in the Image Gallery
  • Support for the IntenseDebate and Disqus commenting systems

Then came version This release offers one major new feature: a jQuery Cycle Plugin-derived .NET SlidePanel control. This element can be used in mojoPortal skins for rotating images and/or HTML content.

According to Joe Audette, mojoPortal's primary developer, the demos on the jQuery Cycle Plugin's page show its possibilities with images. The plugin can treat any first level html element within the panel as a slide and create a slide show with a lot of nice transition options.

So, says Audette, "We have integrated the SlidePanel into our main html content feature, making it easy for non technical users to create nice html animations just by entering content as they normally would and enabling the slide show in the settings for the content instance."

This level of integration allows the user to set even paragraphs or other HTML elements as slides. To point out the ease, Audette says that you make a group of paragraphs into a slide you just wrap them in a div statement.

Movable Type

The latest Movable Type (news, site) release came out yesterday. Movable Type 4.32 is primarily a bug fix release resolving a number of smaller bugs. You can find the list here.

In addition, v4.32 also contains the Zemanta plugin. This plugin is an editorial assistance tool designed to recommend related content to your blog entries.

You can download the latest version now.


Coming in October, Nuxeo (news, site) will offer a major new release of Nuxeo EP. Highlights of this release include:

  • A new tag service
  • An improved import/export service
  • A CMIS implementation based on Apache Chemistry
  • Performance tuning after extended benchmarks
  • WSS (SharePoint) support
  • OpenSocial widgets


Plone (news, site) had a great September. In this month, the project:

Coming up is the World Plone Conference 2009 in Budapest, Hungary on October 28 - 30, followed by two Sprint days.


The English-language SilverStripe book should be in Amazon's hands in the beginning of October. So if you're looking for a copy, it's time to order.


In September, XOOPS CMS (news, site) offered the release candidate of version 2.4.0. Improvements targeted for this version focus on usability and productivity, such as:

  • A new administrator GUI
  • A new mechanism to modularize and extend the core through Preloads
  • Central support for jQuery
  • An improved installer
  • Sight Impaired Assisted Forms with WCAG 2.0

The final release is expected soon.