Welcome to the January 2011 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.


The folks at dotCMS (news, site) plan to release version 1.9.2 in February, marking the second major release in the 1.9 series. New features include:

  • Inline editing
  • A host dashboard, displaying site trends and usage statistics for site owners and marketers
  • An activity stream reporter, showing users' usage and activity
  • Cache tags for web developers to statically cache arbitrary blocks of templates, containers, pages or content code for increased performance
  • A new auto-updater for system upgrades
  • An Italian language translation

In addition to these new features, one of the more extensive additions revolves around image editing. Content creators get the ability to edit images within dotCMS, with options such as resizing, cropping, rotating, adjusting hue, saturation, brightness and colors, and saving out different image types. Content editors get a clipboard where they can create edited versions of images (called renditions), select which one they want to use and then paste it into content.

Some existing features also got improvements in addition to the various bug fixes and performance improvements:

  • All images and icons from the backend are now rendered as sprites, using just 2 images, to improve performance
  • Recurring events are now stored individually in the system so a particular instance can be edited separately
  • The ability to import content with the content identifier as the primary key


In January, DotNetNuke Corp. (news, site) introduced support for two new Microsoft (news, site) products: WebMatrix and Razor. WebMatrix integration offers a development environment suitable for those with little technical experience building DotNetNuke sites, and Razor integration makes it easier for technical users to to build DotNetNuke extensions.

DotNetNuke was also selected as part of Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Windows Azure, and provided training materials for the Microsoft Web Camps program. Finally, the company named Bob Cortale as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Cortale will be responsible for building, developing and managing their global sales force and product support organization.


In January, the Drupal (news, site) project finished this little release called Drupal 7. If you want some insight on where Drupal's headed next, check out project founder and leader Dries Buytaert's blog.

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) added file system reliability and performance enhancements to their Acquia Hosting product, and support for custom Varnish page caching configurations for those using dedicated load balancers. They also made a number of additions to Drupal Gardens (news, site), including:

  • Basic right to left support for their themes, for those using languages such as Hebrew and Arabic
  • The ability to bulk delete gallery items
  • Enhancements to Drupal 7's editor usability
  • Performance enhancements to the ThemeBuilder

Acquia also released Drupal Commons 1.3 beta. New items for this released include:

  • User badges as community participation rewards, with various ranks and icons
  • Usability improvements, decluttering some pages and increasing customizability of others
  • New default graphics
  • Breaking the commons apart further to allow more granular feature customization
  • Improved multilingual support for global organizations

With this release, the Drupal Commons project transitioned to GitHub, allowing other developers to have access to the repository for both grabbing the code and submitting enhancements. GA release of Drupal Commons is expected within February.


In January, Ephesoft (news, site) announced that Zia Consulting became the first system integrator to deploy Ephesoft's Intelligent Document Capture System to the Amazon cloud. The company also opened its EU headquarters in Maidenhead, UK, to work with its European partners.

The month also brought new features such as out of the box reporting for Windows-based platforms through Ephesoft's thin client, which is built on Google (news, site) Web Tools. Reports give insight into operator productivity and the system throughout, and partners can extend the reporting module using other reporting tools.

In February, Ephesoft continues working on a Linux version of their Intelligent Document Capture System, which will include another open source project, Tesseract v3.0 for its OCR engine. They anticipate that it will be available within the next two months.

Hippo CMS

In January, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) released Hippo CMS 7.5. This version brings new features such as:

  • A Template Composer that lets the end user change the page template layout within the site
  • Support for multiple translations of documents and folders
  • Support for Jackrabbit 2.1
  • An HST REST engine
  • An HST JAAS Login Module and Form-based Login Servlet support
  • Cross-domain and channel-aware linking, even across hosts
  • Multi-domain, multi-site, and multi-channel HST configuration
  • Support for Freemarker templates
  • Locale support per (sub)site

To see an example of 7.5 in action, go here:

Hippo CMS 7.5 overview from Arje Cahn on Vimeo.

Thanks to partner Finalist, Hippo CMS now integrates with Liferay (news, site), donating the integration code to the Hippo open source community. Hippo has also announced a partnership with Smile, a major French integrator of open source solutions.


In January, the Joomla! (news, site) project released Joomla 1.6. New features include:

  • Advanced Access Control Lists
  • Nested categories
  • Template styles
  • Administrator UI improvements
  • New multi-language support
  • SEO improvements
  • Built-in 301 redirect system
  • Improved framework

There's a migration guide for those who have concerns about upgrading. This release was considered part of the Microsoft CodeMash, and the project held JoomlaDay Chile 2011 with nearly 500 attendees.

In February, the focus turns toward updating Joomla extensions and templates, and the Joomla core team is preparing for the next release, codenamed Bowerbird. In the meantime, the Joomla 1.6 release parties continue until February 7. There's a Joomla! Night coming on February 4 in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring the theme "Joomla: At the edge of innovation." The next day is a Nooku code jam, where Nooku is Joomla's development framework. Finally, there's a Joomla!Day coming in the Netherlands on April 2 - 3.

Magnolia CMS

In January, the folks at Magnolia CMS (news, site) released Magnolia 4.4.2 RC, with the final version coming this week. This is a bug fix release with 90 resolved issues: 58 bugs, 18 improvements, 4 new features. They also released Magnolia ModeShape Provider 1.0, fixing remaining issues with using JBoss's ModeShape instead of Jackrabbit.

They've also published the Magnolia Technical Guide on Amazon, the Magnolia training schedule for 2011 and the Magnolia 4.4 user manual. With the hire of a third person to their documentation team, expect more updates and new docs to come.

In February, the Magnolia 5 sprint begins. Throughout the next 3 weeks the project aims to build a functional AdminCentral to "find the architectural answers" for questions like actions/undo, internationalization left to right and right to left, and history. They also plan to build a "Vaadin Lab" to challenge Vaadin around animations in the accordion menu and touch support for devices such as the iPad. Finally, they plan to work out the missing concepts for their new content model and JCR 2.0.


In late January, the folks with mojoPortal (news, site) released version Highlights of this release include:

  • A new system allowing page editors to globally re-use content
  • The ability to require approval of newly-registered users before they can sign in
  • The option to require a password change after password recovery or reset
  • The ability to force a user to change their password
  • The option to leave out specific content from the site search index
  • Support for Artisteer 3.0 beta
  • An upgrade to CKeditor 3.5

Open Melody

In January, the folks at Open Melody (news, site) continued their march toward version 1.0 with the release of Melody 1.0 beta 3. This version contains a collection of bug fixes along with enhancements to configuration directives, tags controlling widget display and improvements to the Theme Manager.

Expect to see Open Melody 1.0 RC1 in early February. If you're curious about what's coming, you can check out the Open Melody live demo site.


In January, the folks at Nuxeo (news, site) noted that they're hiring Java professionals in both North America and Europe, will be supporting the Eclipse Community Awards Presentation at Eclipsecon, and that they continue to participate in semantic search open source research projects.

New developments in the Apache Software Foundation (news, site) Stanbol project include mining Wikipedia with Hadoop and Pig for Natural Language Processing.


In January, the Plone (news, site) project announced the dates and calls for talk proposals for Plone Symposium East 2011. The conference itself will be held at Pennsylvania State University on May 18 - 19, with training dates before from May 15 - 17 and sprints after from May 20 - 21. Propose your talks now.

They also announced the winners of the 2010 Plone Help Superstars Awards: Mikko Ohtamaa (moo), Elizabeth Leddy (eleddy), Andreas Jung (MacYet). This year the project plans to launch the awards before the Plone Conference.

Also, André Nogueira has been named Champion for the next World Plone Day, which will be held on April 27, 2011.


In January, the folks at SilverStripe (news, site) released 2.3.11-rc1 (a bug fix) and 2.4.5-rc1 (primarily a bug fix with a couple of enhancements).


In January, the folks at Squiz (news, site) launched a new set of demo videos. Squiz Labs has also initiated a program to improve Squiz Matrix's system performance, creating performance testing tools. If there's an aspect you'd like to see tested, let them know.

If you want to know what they're up to next, check out their list of hot topics for 2011.

Tiki Wiki

In January, Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware (news, site) passed the 900,000 download mark, which doesn't include the over 10,000 downloads through the Windows Web App Gallery or installations through control panel applications like Fantastico, script managers like SimpleScripts and virtual appliances like JumpBox. The project also welcomed its first book, Tiki Essentials, by Rick Sapir.

Coming in February, expect an update to the LTS community version. Planning has started for the Tiki Spring 2011 Tour, announcements should start coming out soon. Work has also started on Tiki 7, which is scheduled for April 2011. Expect enhancements such as:

  • HTML5 compliance
  • Improved search using Zend_Lucene
  • A revamped wiki parser
  • A new syntax highlighter using CodeMirror


In January, the folks at TYPO3 (news, site) released TYPO3 version 4.5 LTS. This version will be maintained for the next three years, double the 1 1/2 year life-cycle of other TYPO3 offerings.

Features new to TYPO3 4.5 LTS include:

  • HTML 5 as the new backend doctype
  • UTF8 enabled by default
  • ImageMagick 4 and 5 deprecated
  • A new Workspace Module based on ExtJS and Extbase/Fluid
  • A new Mail API based on SwiftMailer
  • A new Linkvalidator module
  • A new all-in-one Extension Manager based on ExtJS

In February, the TYPO3 team will start on the 4.6 branch, slated for October 2011. One of the highlights for this version includes a File Abstraction Layer that combines with the Digital Asset Management features already in place. Another area of focus will be semantic web features.

March will bring Code Sprint Berlin, a week-long workshop, which will include a presentation on FLOW3 and their next generation CMS, Phoenix and TYPO3 version 4.


In February, the folks at WeWebU Software AG are doing a webinar together with Alfresco Software (news, site) on the topic of saving money through WeWebU, CMIS and Alfresco.


In January, the WordPress (news, site) project announced that the WordPress Conference: WordCamp SF 2011 is coming on August 12 - 14. They also put out WordPress 3.1 RC3. Due to observations from testing of RC2, project members decided to remove AJAX list tables. Apparently there were just too many bugs and usability issues with the current implementation.

Other fixes in RC3 include issues around the author dropdown in Quick Edit, taxonomy query issues, the theme deletion process and more.


In January, XOOPS (news, site) announced the alpha release of their next generation Web Application Development platform, the Xoops Engine. This version is a complete rewrite from the ground up using the Zend PHP Framework. This move to standard components and libraries, the project feels, will increase their speed to market and the number of developers who can contribute.

Improvements they're bringing to Xoops Engine as a result of Zend Framework include:

  • A flexible architecture, elegant code and elegant implementation
  • A modern MVC architecture for faster development and state-of-the-art technology
  • Distributed deployment that respects virtual hosts
  • A contributor-friendly skeleton, making it easy to manage third-party modules and plugins
  • SEO-capable URL routing
  • Solid, rich libraries and frameworks
  • Ready to implement unit tests