Welcome to the July installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month.
If you're looking through here and feel that your project was left out, we invite you to send us an email at [email protected] with a pointer to who we should contact at your project for updates.
In June, Alfresco Software (news, site) announced its Alfresco Community Committer Program to enable certain Alfresco add-on projects to commit their code directly. They also announced their first Alfresco Developer Conference, which they intend to hold in the fall in both New York and Paris. Details to come later.
If you're a member of the Alfresco community and want to show off your work at the event, let them know.
In June, DotNetNuke (news, site) was named a "Cool Vendor" by Gartner (news, site) in its Cool Vendors in Content Management, 2010 report. According to Gartner, a Cool Vendor is a small vendor offering "innovative products or services" that generally hasn't gotten a lot of attention in the marketplace, but has "the potential to change or affect a market in a significant way."
Back in May, DotNetNuke Co-Founder and CTO Shaun Walker presented at Gilbane (news, site) San Francisco. His talk "Open Source Tools That are Changing the Content Technologies Landscape" is available for viewing here:
The company also announced that the first half of 2010 showed strong growth. Its worldwide customer base for its Professional and Elite editionshas more than doubled since the end of 2009, and so has their partner program membership. The online marketplace for third party add-ons, Snowcovered.com completed 16,000 customer purchases during the first half of 2010 as well.
Continuing this momentum, DotNetNuke 5.4.4 was released at the end of June. Features of this release include extended support for the more than 8,000 third-party add-ons available through Snowcovered.
Drupal company Acquia (news, site) announced in June that SaaS offeringDrupal Gardens (news, site) reached the 10,000 site mark. Not bad for a product currently in public beta. The full announcement from Dries Buytaert has more.
- Indexing multiple Drupal sites in one place for multi-site search, while respecting site-specific security and permissions.
- The ability to search within file attachments from Microsoft Office, in OpenDocument format, PDFs, rich text format, XML, audio, video, images and more.
- Multiple query types including single and multiple character wildcard search, fuzzy searches for terms with similar spellings, proximity searches for words within a certain distance of each other and more.
- Advanced version comparison
- A goto-preview plugin
- Improved pickers
- Wide document listing
- HST page cache
- SSO support
- Multiple File Upload
- Improved delete folder
Also coming in July is Hippo Portal 2.0. This release is the first for the integration between Hippo CMS 7 and the new release of Jetspeed Portal (news, site) 2.2.1. The goal of Hippo Portal is to deliver "a secure context aware environment for information exchange and personalized applications integration." You can find the beta here.
The Hippo ecosystem architecture.
In June, Joomla! (news, site) produced two more beta releases of the upcoming 1.6 version of the Web CMS. With the final bugs getting cleared, you can expect to soon see a Release Candidate. The most notable feature in 1.6 is the permission controls which offer granular control over who can access, edit and add to different areas of the site. Download the latest beta here.
Also in June, lead developer Andrew Eddie recorded a series of videos on the new features coming in Joomla 1.6. Here's the first in the series:
Today (July 1) marks the release of the Joomla Community Magazine. This magazine offers resources, reviews, news and opinion on the Joomla! world. Articles are welcome from all Joomla users.
Joomla! company Jentla (news, site), which provides an integrated multisite extension for Joomla!, confirmed that Jentla will be fully Joomla! 1.6, offering a seamless upgrade path. They're also rebranding their Freeway ecommerce platform as Jentla E, and have converted it into Joomla native extensions. For video, they've created Jentla V, which is configured for handling video content. This offering lets you:
- Browse a list of videos and drag and drop videos from the video repository directly into articles.
- Upload video with the client or server.
- Force granular metadata collection during upload and display it on a per-category basis.
They're also in the process of creating a new administrator's template for Jentla with a focus on usability.
- A new Document Details page layout with Activity, View and Properties tabs.
- The ability to add comments to documents through the Activity tab.
- A new Applications tab enabling users to download the latest version of KnowledgeTree's tools from within the application.
Also in June, KnowledgeTree was selected as one of Red Herring's Top 100 Award Winners for North America, an award given to the most promising private technology companies.
In June, Magnolia CMS (news, site) had a busy month. They released Magnolia 4.3.2, which provides many fixes for multi-site support, hired several new staff, though they're still looking for a GUI developer, held their first workshop discussing next steps for Magnolia's Standard Templating Kit, received proposals for the Magnolia Conference 2010, launched a design competition for the conference's official T-Shirt, received a new community-contributed tagging module with auto-completion and moved to a "mucho fantastico" office.
In July, they plan to release Magnolia Blossom 1.1, which is a CMS/Spring integration. They also plan to publish the conference schedule, announce the winners of the T-Shirt competition, release a "book" providing an introduction to Magnolia's architecture, and (most importantly) take their summer holidays.
- Bing maps
- The ability to use Bing and/or Google for site search, and/or the internal Apache Lucene (news, site) search engine
- A Facebook (news, site) Like button integrated into the blog and HTML features
- The latest versions of CKEditor (news, site) and TinyMCE (news, site)
- A new skin demonstrating the use of Flash in Artisteer
- Separate release packages for .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.0
In June, open source Enterprise Content Management vendor Nuxeo (news, site) announced a new round of funding from lead investor OTC Asset Management, to the tune of 2.7 million Euro ($3.3 million). The funding will go toward the award-winning Nuxeo Galaxy Partner Program, which offers services and tools to "speed development and delivery of industry-specific content applications" around Nuxeo Enterprise Platform (EP).
Coming soon, Nuxeo will announce an open source case management framework for application developers, ISVs and information architects who need to deliver content-centric applications. Dubbed Nuxeo Case Management Framework (Nuxeo CMF), this CMIS-compliant solution is aimed at applications such as invoice processing, contract management, correspondence mangement, personnel file management and incident tracking. July will also bring enhancements for Nuxeo Digital Asset Management and Nuxeo Studio.
Finally, every week Nuxeo hosts a live demonstration of Nuxeo Studio.
In June, the Plone (news, site) Symposium South America issued a call for proposals. The project also announced that it was chosen as the new publishing environment for MIT's OpenSourceWare, which hosts almost all of MIT's course content.
At Plone Symposium East 2010, PloneEdu was officially launched. This site is a community promoting Plone for web publishing in education, where members will "guide and collaborate with individuals and teams in all levels and types of education."
CMS Expo (news, site) brought the announcement of the Best Plone-Powered Site of the Year. Congratulations to NewGlobalCitizens.org. Another winner was Plone's Salesforce integration products, for Best Plone App, and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was named the best Plone-Powered Education Site.
With the return of the Google Summer of Code (news, site), Plone's fifth year of participation led to four university students working on Plone projects. Follow Planet Plone for updates on project progress.
Coming up in July is the Sauna Sprint in Helsinki, Finland on July 27. This sprint focuses on bringing "normal" Plone programmers together with Engineering students students in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The event is sponsored by EESTEC, a non-political, non-profit organization for EESC students. If you're interested in helping to cover student travel expenses or supporting the conference, see the donation page.
For those who like to plan ahead, the Living Statues Sprint 2010 is coming to Arhnem, The Netherlands, August 25-29.
In June, Silverstripe (news, site) released SilverStripe Dawn, a new product that monitors your entire web stack, from operating system to web server, database and SilverStripe site. They've also updated their SilverStripe screencast to reflect changes in 2.4:
If you have opinions on how to improve SilverStripe's documentation, go to the the discussion here and share your thoughts.
In June, Squiz (news, site) announced that they're moving the MySource Matrix Newsletter to their Squiz Labs blog. Updates will be made in more depth, and more often, providing news of the latest developments and features being added to MySource Matrix.
During June they released MySource Matrix 3.26.1 and 3.28.1. New features for the latter include:
- New Easy Edit Suite Login Design asset
- Separately enable Permission and Workflow Roles
In July, development continues on the Easy Edit Suite. Phase 2 for this suite is due for release in verion 3.30.0 of MySource Matrix in September. Other upcoming features include a Search and Replace WYSIWYG plugin, a single page option for an A-Z asset listing page and word logic for Funnelback Search.
- A brand-new skin with updated icons and an improved color scheme
- Hundreds of back-end performance improvements
- An introduction package with a broad overview of common installation features, including a guided installation process
- The ability to set up TYPO3 using a database other than MySQL
- An editor now completely based on the ExtJS framework
- Reorganized CSS files, allowing easier backend skin creation
At the end of June, a new release team was elected for TYPO3 version 4.5, which is expected in December, 2010. The focus for this release is on usability. July brings TYPO3 Developer Days in Elmshorn, Germany.
In June, Umbraco (news, site) held its sold out Umbraco CodeGarden conference, hosting nearly 250 developers from 21 countries for the three day event. According to Niels Hartvig, Founder and Architect of Umbraco, the "vibe" the conference was so positive that from now on they're calling it a festival. Expect to see many of the talks from the event on the Umbraco site in the coming months.
During CodeGarden, the project made three major announcements. First was the release of Umbraco 4.5, instead of 4.1. The new version includes:
- A new preview engine
- A new search engine
- New editing capabilities
- An over 40% performance increase when editing
The broad scope of these additions makes this release the largest update to Umbraco in the project's history.
Next among the announcements was the release 2.0 of Our Umbraco, the Umbraco community site. This version adds a new wiki engine, more powerful search, community packges integrated into all Umbraco installations and more.
Last but not least was the announcement of the KarmaFund. Created by Umbraco HQ, the company behind Umbraco, KarmaFund is EUR 10,000 that will be given to the five most popular packages at CodeGarden 2011, based on community voting. The most popular package will receive EUR 5,000, second most popular will get EUR 2,000 and the third through fifth will each get EUR 1,000. Voting will use the same engine that powers the Umbraco MVP nominations, so in the first quarter of 2011 they'll list the top 20 most popular packages and active community members can vote for the best.
Hartvig's personal favorite outcome from CodeGarden was the development of the Umbraco Core Values document, which came from a discussion on what really makes the Umbraco community.
- A new default theme
- New theme APIs
- Multi-site functionality
- and much, much more