Welcome to the February 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 February, the Composite C1 (news, site) community focused on finishing the Chinese localization of Composite C1. A new translation tool was also released. To make it easier for the Composite C1 community to create new translations, this tool offers features such as suggestions from Google (news, site) Translate.
The Composite C1 Chinese localization
Composite C1 also received its first deep outside review, courtesy of Danish .NET expert Henrik Brinch. Other achievements this month include support for JotForm integration and launched the Composite C1 shop to make it easier for people to purchase commercial modules.
The new Composite C1 shop
In February, the Drupal (news, site) community welcomed a new book: Drupal 7 Business Solutions, by Trevor James and Mark Noble. This month, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert selected Documentation Team lead Jennifer "jhodgdon" Hodgdon as a Drupal core co-maintainer for versions 7 and 8. Buytaert states that, "Her responsibility will be solely around documentation and code style patches, plus occasional help on 'emergency' commits such as a required rollback of an accidental patch commit in order to get our automated test suite passing again."
Buytaert's goal for this appointment is to "increase the velocity of Drupal 8 development," accelerate documentation changes, and to allow catch, web chick and himself focus on the larger patches. Speaking of Drupal 8 development, there was also the Web Services and Context Core (WSCCI) Initiative for Drupal 8 sprint, which focused on Drupal and REST.
Those curious about the Drupal 8 timeline should note on their calendars that Buytaert has set the Drupal 8 feature freeze at December 1, 2012.
In February, the folks at eZ Publish (news, site) released eZ Publish Community Project build 2012.01. The highlight of this release is the native, configurable mobile detection. Another big event was the launch of the new eZ Publish Job Board for those looking to contract or offer eZ Publish skills. A UX enlightenment campaign is also now under way.
Coming in March is a brand new reputation engine, which can be plugged into most online eZ Publish Community platforms. Features will include ramification and badges, among other unnamed items. Also expect eZ Publish Community Project 2012.02, which will offer a significant user experience improvement for content editors: Autosave. This month will also see the rollout of the new Partner Program.
In February, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) joined the new OASIS Web Experience Management Interoperability (WEMI) technical committee, which will work toward "a simple domain model for WEM and, additionally, create an abstract set of standard features that would be commonly implemented by these types of tools." It's also launched a video highlighting the new features of Hippo CMS 7.7, which you can watch below.
Hippo CMS 7.7 What's new for developers? from Arje Cahn on Vimeo.
In February, the folks at Jahia Web CMS (news, site) launched Jahia 6.6, which includes:
- More efficient management of interfaces and components permissions.
- Additional deployment options for modules including the ability to bulk deploy.
- Better management of module dependencies, which makes packaging applications easier.
- The ability to restore deleted content items.
Jahia has also joined the OASIS WEMIeffort. Coming on March 13 is its Jahia 6.6 overview webinar.
If you're interested in Web Engagement Management with Jahia, you may want to watch the following:
In February, the Joomla! (news, site) project approached 29 million downloads and 9,000 extensions. Open Source Matters (news, site), the nonprofit organization behind the Joomla project, extended the terms for three board members: Robert Deutz, Javier Gomez, and Jacque Rentzke.
Coming in March are a number of Joomla Days:
- Joomla Day Guatemala City (Galileo University, Guatemala City), February 29 - March 3
- Joomla Day Libreville, Gabon (Convention Center in Strasbourg, France), March 22 - 24
- Joomla Day France (Chamber of Commerce Libreville, African Institute of Computer IAI), March 24 - 25
- Joomla Day New England (Marlboro College Graduate School, Brattleboro, VT), March 31
In February, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) added Yammer integration through OAuth and joined the OASIS WEMI committee.
Coming in March, Nuxeo will offer a three-day Nuxeo Platform training course on March 14-16 in Cambridge, Mass. This course "provides a solid jump-start for a content management project, teaching participants how to develop, deploy, and maintain a content management solution."
In February, the folks at Orchard (news, site) released Orchard 1.4, which offers the following new features:
- Significant performance improvements
- Autoroute by defining token-based URL patterns for all Orchard content
- Project the results of admin UI content queries as pages or widgets
- New core-level field types such as enumeration and media
In February, the Plone (news, site) community learned what's coming for Plone Conf 2012, and continued working toward two large events: World Plone Day 2012 on April 25 and Plone Open Garden on May 2-4.
In February, Squiz (news, site) was approved as a supplier for the UK government GCloud program's CloudStore. The product was also mentioned in Econsultancy's new Content Management System Buyer's Guide, which includes profiles and market analysis of twenty CMS vendors.
February also saw three releases of Squiz Matrix:
Squiz Matrix 4.4.7 was a bug fix release. Version 4.6.3 includes bug fixes plus the following enhancements:
- Support for additional Send Cacheable Header settings
- Insert direct links to Asset External Target URLs in the WYSIWYG editor
- Ignore Headers in imported CSV files for the Remap Manager, Metadata Select Fields and Bulkmail Import User Tool
Squiz Matrix 4.8.0 RC1 offers new features including:
- An additional Send Cacheable Header settings
- A refined Asset Logs screen for improved load times
- An Interactive Mode for the Online Quiz asset
- Forward user IPs on http_request attributes
- A Decision Tree asset that walks users through questions to narrow down to specific results
- Two-legged OAuth authentication on REST Resource assets
- A new Update Link trigger action
- Insert direct links to Asset External Target URLs in the WYSIWYG editor
- A recurring Calendar Event Frequency Threshold global preference
- A load balancing feature for the "read" database
- A new Calendar Events search page
Coming in March, expect the final release of Squiz Matrix 4.8.0. Looking even further out (July), expect Squiz Matrix 4.10.0 to offer an Export Online Quiz to XML tool.
In February, the folks at WeWebU (news, site) announced a new partnership. Together with Zia Consulting, WeWebU Software AG is co-developing MobileWorkdesk, an iPad and iPhone app that lets users connect with any CMIS-compliant enterprise CMS. With this tool, users will be able to interact with individual inboxes and participate in workflow/approval processes from their mobile devices. The app will be available for free in the second quarter of 2012 from the Apple App Store.
In February, the folks at WordPress (news, site) continued work toward WordPress 3.4. According to the (not set in stone) schedule, a formal QA review takes place on February 29, with target dates of March 14 for beta 1, April 4 for RC 1, and April 18 for the full launch.
In February, the folks at XOOPS (news, site) released XOOPS 2.5.5 Beta. This is a security, bug fix, and library update release. Updated library versions include:
- phpMailer 5.2.1
- TinyMCE 3.4.8
- jQuery 1.7.1
- jQueryUI 1.8.17