Open-source versus proprietary software may not be as controversial as it once was, but there's no doubt the free and open-source software (FOSS) world is thriving. We try to include as much open source news as we can in this monthly column, so do feel free to leave us a comment or contact us at [email protected] if we forgot something important.
Alfresco, a leader in cloud content, is holding two summits in November, as well as participating in a large Salesforce conference — Dreamforce, which runs from Nov. 18 to 21 in San Francisco. The company summits will be in Barcelona, Spain from Nov. 4 to 7 and in Boston on Nov. 15 to 17. Expect to see lots of product demos, in depth how-to guides, lectures and sessions with some of the company's executives and experts.
What the company won't be announcing at Alfresco Summit is a forthcoming initial public offering. That news could be at least three years away, said Doug Dennerline, Alfresco CEO said recently.
Excluding WordPress, there's probably no company as busy in the open-source world as Acquia and Drupal. There are webinars, development days, meetups and training sessions almost every day of the month in the Acquia world. Highlights for November: the Lucene/SOLR Revolution EU 2013 conference from Nov. 4 to 7 in Dublin, Ireland and the Amazon AWS re:Invent conference from Nov. 12 to 15 in Las Vegas.
Acquia continues to bolster its marketing tools with the recent launch of a partner program that harnesses some of the best marketing technologies right inside the Acquia cloud.
Hippo is attending the Forrester Forum for Customer Experience Professionals Nov. 19 and 20 in London, a similar event to one CMSWire attended in Los Angeles in early October. Hippo, however, did not attend that event.
Jahia plans to announce a new partner program in November that focuses on training and certifying teams to ensure high quality to customer service. The company also plans to release a new version of its website. Jahia recently launched Jahia xCM 6.6.2 and Jahia Wise 1.8. These new versions provide higher performance for strategic digital portals of large organizations. The company reported it had the best semester ever in the first half of 2013 with a growth of more than 70 percent compared to the first half of 2012.
Joomla expects to announce the release of the latest version of its CMS, Joomla 3.2. The newest CMS will contain a record number of new features and improvements. There's also Joomla's flagship conference, the Joomla World Conference from Nov. 8 to 10 at Harvard University's Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston.
Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, will give a keynote at the conference. Also taking the stage will be Ethan Marcotte, named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the 100 most creative people in business. Attendees will be able to learn more about CMS software, learn how to build web applications with Joomla and connect with others in the Joomla community. Joomla user groups will be held in the following cities and dates:
- Joomla User Group Hamburg (Germany) on Nov. 5.
- Joomla User Group Tokyo Meetup on Nov. 13.
- JoomlaDay(s) Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 15 and 16. Presentations will focus on security, SEO and development.
- Joomla User Group London (JUGL) Meetup on Nov. 19. Users will discuss plans to rebuild the JUGL website as well as build a new extension.
- JoomlaDay(s) Mexico City on Nov. 27 and 28, focusing on where Joomla is now and where the community and CMS will go in the future.
Magnolia CTO Boris Kraft will be attending the three day J. Boyle Web and Intranet conference from Nov. 5 to 7 in Aarhus, Denmark. Main topics will be branding, content, strategy, going mobile and SharePoint. There's also a webinar at 9 a.m. PDT on Nov. 12 that will focus on the needs of the financial industry and how companies can use Magnolia to manage content across devices in a secure way.
Nuxeoworld has come and gone, and November looks to be when the long term support version 5.8 will go live. It will feature REST API updates such as new endpoints for documents, users and groups. This is all about making mobile access more seamless, something more and more customers are no doubt demanding.
Throughout 2013, Nuxeo has released fast track updates that let organizations update for specific features if they really wanted to. Version 5.8 will tie the fast track updates together in one slick bundle that will make they system easier to support.
Orchard version 1.8 is scheduled to be released in November and will feature an improved media library with custom media types support, search support and an improved workflow module. The release is also on track to migrate to Microsoft .NET 4.5, and to upgrade ASP.NET Web stack to newest versions. This includes ASP.NET MVC5, WebAPI 2, Razor 3 and Identity.
SilverStripe developers will have a chance to dive into the latest version 3.1 at a training Nov. 14 and 15 in Wellington, New Zealand. This two day session covers basic concepts in SilverStripe development, setting up the development environment, customization, best practices and more.
A stable version of SilverStripe 3.1 went live in October, featuring an updated interface that hides some minor editing effects for a streamlined view. Additionally, instead of shifting between the editing interface and a preview of the live page, both can now be viewed side by side. The 3.0 version that came out in 2012 was the big interface change, and v3.1 is a more iterative release that focuses on stability.
Typo3 website owners and admins in and around Altleiningen, Germany will have a chance to hone their marketing skills at a week long event from Nov. 18 to 22 at the Burg-Jugendherberge Altleiningen youth hostel. There's a communications workshop, a strategy workshop and a marketing sprint. This is a chance to help the Typo3 team evolve its product strategy and get even more in touch with developers.
Umbraco 7 is close to a final release as the alpha build came out in September and a beta this month. The final build is 90 percent complete. Version 7 features a new interface to encourage a better fit for non-technical users. Additionally, there's an Umbraco UK Festival Nov. 8 in London. It's an all-day event and more than 100 people are already registered.
Wordpress version 3.7 is out and v3.8 is on the clock. WordPress, like a few other Web CMS vendors, has committed to regular feature updates to the system instead of a few major updates per year. That way, if organizations really want a particular feature, they can update right away. For many large companies, however, it may only make sense to update once per year.
Version 3.7 features the ability to automatically update bug fixes and security patches. For many sites, manual updates will become a thing of the past and even regular updates will only require one click. The other major change to v3.7 is the way in which it was developed. The dev team refers to it as a plug in first process that separates feature development from the releases themselves.