Welcome to the August 2011 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 protected] to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In August, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) focused on community feature requests. Top requested features were implemented, such as "clean" page URLs, and the ability to more easily upload images and media while editing pages. These features are currently available in beta form.
September brings a Release Candidate of Composite C1 version 3.0. Improvements for 3.0 include:
- Associate a hostname with a content language
- Configure the rules for creating paths
- Open selection trees at the last referenced position, and auto-expand when convenient
- Create new folders and upload media as part of the selection process
- Set test and default values for fields and parameters much easier, with typical choices pre-selected
- Insert image through the visual editor with width and height parameters
- Embed HTML5 tags along with script and iframe through the visual editor's page markup
- Embed form controls using the standard Insert Function dialog
- Overhauled calendar control
The team got a boost of energy from Microsoft (news, site) as well. Developers within the MSDN UK team created a video tutorial on setting up a blog and gallery site using Composite C1 and off-the-shelf packages.
In August, DotNetNuke (news, site) ranked number 228 on the 30th annual Inc. 500 list. This list features the United States' fastest-growing private companies. It also ranked 23rd among the 305 in the Software Industry category, and 9th among the 161 companies in the greater San Francisco metro area.
In August, Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal (news, site), continued the process of streamlining the development process toward Drupal 8. He announced a new set of conditions for declaring that Drupal 8 is complete, learning from issues with the condition set for Drupal 7.
He also launched the State of Drupal 2011 Survey, to help the Drupal core team and the Drupal Association better understand community needs. The last survey was held in 2008.
- Make it easier for Drupal users to extend their sites' functionality
- Allow developers to create apps that work across multiple app marketplaces
This second point is key, because both companies separately implemented Drupal apps within their own ecosystems. Creating the standard, they hope, should keep the market from fragmenting.
- Insight -- A dashboard providing Drupal site owners with dynamic, real-time metrics, telling them if their site elements are up to date, secure, and performing well
- Drupalize.Me -- A library of more than 335 Drupal training videos from Lullabot (news, site)
- SEO Grader -- An internet marketing review tool from Volacci
- Blitz - A load and performance testing platform from Mu Dynamics
Acquia is also entering the Drupal apps market with an Acquia Apps Market slated for Q4 2011. This market (currently in beta) will be accessible through the Acquia Network API. While not explicitly stated in the announcement, the Drupal Open App Standard Initiative talks were "facilitated" by Robert Douglass of Acquia. This fact makes it likely that Acquia will comply with the standard as well.
August brought more Drupal partnerships in the form of Acquia and The Commerce Guys delivering Drupal Commerce, a Drupal e-commerce platform, and Acquia acquiring two services: Cyrve, which focuses on Drupal migrations, and Growing Venture Solutions, which focuses on Drupal security.
In August, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) received praise in Ars Logica's Compass Guide to Web Content Management: "From early on, the vendor’s experience with large enterprises put an emphasis on multi-site, multi-lingual, multi-channel capabilities; and Hippo’s functionality here is exceptional, ranking second in the overall market."
The Hippo team also announced integration for HTML5 publishing to mobile devices such as the iPad and Android tablets. You can see a demonstration below:
Through September, the company plans to expand its presence in Amsterdam and Boston.
- Ace editor integration for collaborative text editing
- A simple blog engine
- A preliminary notification API
- Activity and view notification through most of HWIOS
- Class and function docstrings generated by Sphinx
- Opera and Firefox 4 - 5 theme compatibility
- Opensim support as an optional module
It's also created a benchmark test for the number of routed websocket loopbacks HWIOS can handle per second. This test will be used going forward, to help track and further optimize HWIOS's performance.
Coming next is a websocket-enabled forum, and an upgrade to the websocket handler to the hybi-10 specification.
In August, the Joomla! (news, site) project watched its download numbers, steadily approaching the 25 million mark. Project members also held their Joomla Leadership Summit, discussing topics ranging from leadership restructuring to communications, internationalization and the roadmap. The three leadership teams published separate and joint reports on their discussions and decisions, for those who want to catch up.
The project also announced the release of Joomla Explained, the second Joomla Press book from Open Source Matters (news, site) and Pearson Publishing. This book covers versions 1.6 and 1.7, and is available in paper and electronic formats.
In August, the folks behind Magnolia CMS (news, site) announced that its next major release, Magnolia CMS 4.5, will be available by the end of this year. This release is considered a stepping stone toward Magnolia 5, and plans are that projects developed on 4.5 will run on 5 with no modifications.
Features new to Magnolia 4.5 include:
- A templating layer
- A JCR 2.0 security layer
- CMIS and REST web services
The project also released an external search indexing module, using intelligent semantic search.
- Assign one or more case types to each case, with each type offering a specific lifecycle and metadata
- Along with placing documents and other elements within a case, you can create a generic case item with its own metadata
- Define distribution and route management operations to automate your case management processes
- A graphical lifecycle management tool, allowing you to choose a default lifecycle or to alter one to create a custom lifecycle
The project also released Nuxeo Flex connector 1.1, which allows Flex applications to interact with Nuxeo using the Automatic Message Format (AMF) to read, search, create and update documents stored in Nuxeo. Finally, there's a new version of FunkLoad, Nuxeo's stress testing tool.
Along with the software releases, Nuxeo also opened the beta release of a new question and answer site: Answers.nuxeo.com. This new site will supplement the existing community forums.
- Fixes to forum post editing, preview, Setup Wizard, CPF stat, and other bugs
- Pointing the default "Front page" link to the site zone rather than the current zone
- A new "tailing" parameter on the "main_countdown" block, to control date specificity
- The ability to show CEDI changes for a CEDI subtree
- Support for sending name and other information within the body of the newsletter signup confirmation email
- Better permission handling on adding entries to catalogues
- Posting forms can have the option for the main post to be blank
- Improved documentation for web farm implementers
- Abstracting the filesystem for user-uploaded files
- Abstracting caching to allow use of tools such as Azure Blob Storage, App Fabric Caching and Memcached
The team intends to continue this work through September, hopefully completing it by the end of the month.
In August, the Plone (news, site) community finalized the talk schedule for the Plone Conference 2011 (taking place November 1 and 2). It's also sent out a reminder that August 31 is the last day for conference training discounts.
In August, the Sense/Net (news, site) project released Sense/Net CMS 6.0.6. This version focuses on network load balancing (NLB) and multi-domain operation. Stabilization fixes include robust MSMQ distributed message handling, and enhancements around backup and restore features.
September will see version 6.0.7 in both Community and Enterprise Editions. Due to the extensive testing, 6.0.7 will be a recommended upgrade for both types of users.