Welcome to the December 2009 installment of our what's coming from the open source CMS projects in the next 30 days.

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 November, DotNetNuke (news, site) held its third annual DotNetNuke OpenForce Connections event as part of Microsoft's DevConnections conference. At the show, they announced the winners of the  OpenForce Community Choice Awards for the OpenForce Connections division:

eZ Publish

In November, eZ Systems (news, site) was named to the EContent 100 list, along with some other regulars in CMSWire. Coming in December:

The eZ Systems team also continues their work on their new community portal around eZ technology.


In November, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) secured a spot on the Deloitte EMEA Fast 500 for the third consecutive year, making it the only open source company earning the ranking three times in a row. Coming in December, you'll find Hippo:


In November, KnowledgeTree (news, site) announced the KnowledgeTree 3.7 Community Edition's release candidate. New features and enhancements include:

  • Deployment on Zend Server for enhanced performance
  • Document thumbnail preview
  • Support for Microsoft Windows 2008 Server, along with IIS 6 and 7
  • RPM and DEB packages for Ubuntu and Red Hat Linux
  • New types of document properties
  • Support for the CMIS and OpenSearch standards
  • Setup wizards for installation, configuration and upgrading
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese translations


On November 15, Magnolia CMS (news, site) celebrated its sixth birthday. They also released Magnolia 4.2 CE and EE with new features:

  • Data module -- Management and integration of structured data, now supports hierarchical data types
  • WebDAV -- Create, edit and manage templates on a Magnolia server as though they reside on  your local filesystem
  • Public User Registration (PUR) module -- This basis for user-generated content now integrates with the Templating Kit for out of the box registration of public users
  • New Node-Builder API -- Simplifies content manipulation by making updates and maintenance easier
  • Standard Templating Kit 1.2 -- Contains a host of minor improvements and significant accessibility improvements

Members of the Magnolia community contributed:

  • Magnolia Blossom - Integrates Magnolia with Spring applications
  • Configurable Tree - Lets you configure administrative trees directly instead of needing a Java class to do so

They also published the final video remaining from their conference. In December, expect:

  • Release 4.1.2 as a bug fix for 4.1
  • Magnolia exhibiting and presenting at Gilbane Boston
  • Work on documentation and 5.0 prototyping
  • A well-deserved holiday break


In November, the Melody (news, site) team revealed that Melody 1.0 was finally starting to take shape. Thanks to the developers who've taken the time to build out code, their list of initial features for their first release includes:

  • Revision histories for pages, posts and templates
  • Rollback to previous versions
  • Full-screen editor mode
  • Deliver your posts in real-time to enabled applications
  • Enhanced user interface for blogging, plugins and web site configuration
  • Russian language support
  • New open source logging framework, including email and IM notifications
  • Enhanced theme configuration options for non-techies
  • Social media-ready themes that can integrate with Facebook and Twitter with a click, and more
  • The beginning of the migration from proprietary Javascript libraries to jQuery
  • Depricated APIs toward compatibility with popular web frameworks
  • A slimmer core
  • Documentation for templaters, designers, developers and themers

The team continues work on Melody 1.0 throughout December.

Movable Type

In late November, the Japanese version of Movable Type 5 (news, site) was released. The rest of the world's Movable Type 5 is expected in early December.

MySource Matrix

In November, Squiz (news, site) launched a new site, Squiz Labs. This site serves as a development blog reporting on new and upcoming MySource Matrix and MySource Mini features.

November also brought the addition of contextual functionality to MySource Matrix. As of version 3.24.0, you can now serve different versions of your content to different audiences and platforms (for example, different languages or mobile phone users). The version 3.24.0 MySource Matrix SharePoint bridge is also now compatible with the latest Microsoft SharePoint.

The MySource Matrix User Conference 09 was held in Tasmania at the end of October, and in November the presentations were made available online. Also, in November, Squiz shared two screencasts showing MySource Matrix, one for the Simple Edit interface and one for the Administration interface.

In December, Squiz will attend the Online Information/IMS exhibition and conference in London. They'll be demoing both MySource Matrix and MySource Mini, two clients are presenting MySource Matrix case studies and Squiz UK Director Stephen Morgan is delivering a seminar on the need for synergy between Enterprise Search and Content Management. For more details on Squiz's appearances at the show, see "Squiz at this year's Online Information & IMS exhibition".


In November, the folks at SilverStripe (news, site) released version 2.3.4. This version is a recommended upgrade from 2.3.3 due to a security patch. They also:

In December, the SilverStripe team continues working toward the 2.4 release as well as continuing to flesh out the workflow and subsite modules.

TypePad Motion

In November, the TypePad Motion (news, site) team launched version 1.1. The update offers new moderation and syndication features, as well as improved performance.