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

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Welcome to the October 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 [email protected] to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.


In October, the folks at Alfresco Software (news, site) released Alfresco Community 4.2.a and Alfresco Community 4.2.b, which is primarily a bug fix release. In particular, Alfresco 4.2.b addresses Tomcat 7 security’s interaction with the Flash uploader. The 4.2 series includes the following new features:

  • Google Docs integration.
  • A rich media gallery.
  • New dashlets, such as a Search dashlet integrated with the site dashboard, a Site Search for running ad hoc queries, and a My Discussions dashlet that makes it easy to track and filter current discussions.
  • New methods for sharing document content, such as Download as Zip and the ability to generate a shortened link that can be sent through email.
  • Support for JDK 1.7 and Tomcat 7.
  • Now embeds the Activiti business process engine to handle advanced workflows.

Alfresco also launched the Alfresco Mobile SDK for both iOS (version 5.1 and later) and Android (version 4.0 and later), and the CMIS plus REST public Alfresco API. The SDK enables mobile access to both self-run Alfresco servers and those living in the Alfresco Cloud, as will the public API, though the public API’s self-run server REST access is a pending feature. CMIS calls through the public API will work either on Alfresco Cloud or self-run servers.

Coming in November are two Alfresco DevCons: Alfresco DevCon Berlin (November 6) and Alfresco DevCon San Jose (November 4).

Composite C1

In October, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) released a package that lets users publish site content into a Windows 8 app. Composite C1 also passed the 25,000 installation mark, which breaks down to 50 installations per day since converting to open source, and finished integrating the community project CompositeC1Contrib into the project’s core.


In Ocober, the Drupal (news, site) project released a draft of the new Community Working Group Charter, which is a direct result of the Drupal Governance Sprint held over the summer. This group’s mission will be to “maintain a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal project on the different drupal.org websites, official IRC channels, and mailing lists.”

The Drupal Association board continues the search for a new Executive Director, as well.

eZ Publish

In October, the folks at eZ Publish (news, site) launched the first eZ Publish Community Project build for the 5.x series. Build 2012.9 brings Symfony 2 as the controlling framework. The team also released a revamped Personal Account Management System that gives the community Single Sign-on, and a new issue tracker as well.

October also brought the sold out First eZ Community UnConference. Coming in November will be eZ Publish Community Project build 2012.10 and the final release of eZ Publish Enterprise Edition 5.0.

Hippo CMS

In October, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) won the 4th Open Innovation Awards at the Open World Forum. You can see their award-winning presentation here:

Winning presentation Hippo at DemoCup during the 4th Open Innovation Awards at the Open World Forum 2012 from onehippo on Vimeo.

Hippo also released Hippo CMS 7.7.6. This version of the CMS is primarily a maintenance release with a number of big fixes and small improvements.

During November, the Hippo team will continue work toward Hippo CMS 7.8. Customer experience is a major factor in this particular release. Other items of note include:

  • Improvements to the update console.
  • Improvements to configuration update management.
  • Performance improvements in the Hippo Delivery Tier, otherwise known as the Hippo Site Toolkit (HST).


In October, Jahia launched Jahia xCM 6.6.1, the newest version of its web content management system. The big enhancement in this latest version is the ability for marketers to easily design mobile user experiences. New features include: 

  • Mobile in-context page and template building
  • Multichannel integrated in preview window
  • Multichannel customizable providers
  • Channel fallback
  • Point and click content assignments

Download the last version here.

Coming in early November, expect the launch of Jahia Wise, a new enterprise social and collaborative document sharing solution. CMSWire had the opportunity to get an early preview of Jahia Wise at the beginning of October.

This isthe first time that Jahia has produced a product focused entirely on thedocument, file sharing and social collaborationmarket. It is a completely new product, based on the same underlyingplatform as xCM is, but has evolved to ensure that the distribution ofcontent across the enterprise is easy and intuitive. 


In October, Joomla! (news, site) passed the 35 million download mark and now has over 10,000 extensions. The community is currently preparing for Joomla Day Iran (November 14) and its first Joomla World Conference 2012 (November 16 - 18).


In October, the L3m0n project continued work toward its first release. Funded by Goldmumd, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe, L3m0n is a single-page, websocket CMS redesigned from two previous prototyping projects: HWIOS (news, site) and Django-WS. Built on top of NodeJS, WS, Express, Hogan.js, Twitter (news, site) bootstrap and other frameworks. Currently the project’s features include:

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  • Websocket URL routing and deep linking.
  • Simple authentication and user management.
  • A basic implementation of the Twitter bootstrap UI.
  • Form validation.
  • A MongoDB back-end using Mongoose as the ODM.
  • Automatic data binding to UI elements like forms.
  • An event signalling system.

November brings continued development, planning or porting (from HWIOS) of the following features:

  • Multi-user chat.
  • A blogging application.
  • A wiki.
  • Collaborative text editing using jinfinote.
  • Static HTML block/page authoring.


In October, the folks at Liferay (news, site) launched both Android and iOS apps for Liferay Sync. This product is a document sharing and synchronization tool that integrates with Liferay Portal, allowing users to edit and access documents across mobile, desktop and web environments. New partnerships with Bitnami and Standing Cloud also opened the ability to deploy Liferay Portal within minutes on the cloud.

October also saw a series of of community symposiums around the world. Another is planned for November 16 in Milano, Italy. Also coming in November, Liferay intends to launch a Tokyo office to serve as headquarters for their Asia Pacific business.


In October, the folks at mojoPortal (news, site) released mojoPortal along with updates to related add-ons. This version of mojoPortal adds features such as:

  • Support for WorldPay.
  • Updated support for Artisteer 4.
  • An improved internal comment system.
  • Support for blog media attachments for podcasting.
  • Site search as content.

The project also received two new HTML5 skin contributions: Mocha and Hi5. In November, expect improvements to the Blog and Forum features.


In October, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) held their Nuxeo World 2012 Dev Sprint. The results are UX note improvements, a new OpenSocial gadget for the activity stream, a Jira plugin, and more. This sprint came just before Nuxeo World itself in Paris.

The company also held a Content Routing Workshop around their adaptive workflow engine. There is a video of the session available online.


In October, the Orchard (news, site) project released Orchard 1.6. This version brings new features such as:

  • Support for ASP.NET MVC 4, Razor 2, NHibernate 3.3 and MySQL.
  • A REST-enabled Web API framework that allows developers to create APIs from Orchard modules.
  • SysCache to provide a database cache.
  • Performance improvements in areas such as Widgets/Layers and Blog archives.
  • A new “Precompiled” build target which generates a build containing no source code.
  • File monitoring turned off by default.
  • More flexible session configuration, which can now be defined per module and per route.


In October, the Plone (news, site) project held their Plone Conference 2012, the Plone Foundation elected a new board of directors, and a security vulnerability patch was pre-announced. It will be released on November 11 and is recommended for all versions of Plone.

Also coming in November is the 62nd Plone Tune-Up Day on November 16.

Tiki Wiki

In October, the folks at Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (news, site) released Tiki 6.8LTS and 9.2LTS. The 6.8 release is focused on bug fixes, but the 9.2 release offers a number of improvements, such as:

  • A new server environment testing tool: Tiki Server Check.
  • Automatic site map generation.
  • Menu labels can have customized formatting.
  • An improved user registration process.

October also saw Tiki being nominated as the Best Free CMS for the 2012 Critic’s Choice CMS Awards, which is a great way to celebrate the project’s 10th anniversary. Voting remains open until November 11.

Coming in November will be the release of Tiki 10, and the continuation of the monthly status webinar series.


In October, the WordPress (news, site) project released WordPress 3.5 Beta 2. New features since version 3.5 Beta 1 include:

  • A new workflow for image galleries, including drag-and-grop reordering and quick caption editing.
  • A new user interface for setting static front pages for the Reading Settings scren.
  • A new image editing API.