Alert: What’s Coming for Open Source CMS in June 2012

Welcome to the May 2012 installment of our what’s coming from the open source projects in the next month. (Apologies for running late this month.) If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.


In May, the folks working on Calenco (news, site) released Calenco 2.5, which brings the following features and enhancements:

  • The ability to output in HTML5 and ePUB3 formats
  • Language support for Estonian and Esperanto
  • The ability to use complex HTML directory structures
  • The ability to create deep FTP publication directory trees if needed
  • Automatic line numbering and syntax highlighting
  • MathML support for PDF

Composite C1

In May, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) created a new start page that will appear whenever users open the console. This page will list tutorials, documentation and news from Composite. For more on this feature, see the video below:

May also saw the release of a Swedish translation of Composite C1 (courtesy of Emelie Mikaelsson from, along with the release of a guide for those who want to use Composite C1 to build sites in multiple languages, while the Chinese and German versions debuted in the Windows Web App Gallery. The community homepage also received an update, and Composite C1 is now available through the NuGet gallery, making life easier for Visual Studio developers. Also, there’s now a Community Hero page that will feature prominent community members.


In May, the folks at dotCMS (news, site) released dotCMS 2.0. Features new to 2.0 include:

  • A new customizable, extendable workflow engine
  • The ability to treat files as content
  • Full-text document and metadata indexing
  • Content editing UI improvements
  • Pessimistic content check-in/check-out
  • A new key/value field type
  • The ElasticSearch scalable content index, including auto-replication and auto-data-sharing
  • Data model/API improvements
  • A beta implementation of the OSGI package manager
  • Spring 3 MVC support
  • Improvements to logging


In May, the folks at DotNetNuke (news, site) released DotNetNuke 6.2. This new release focuses on helping businesses build internal social networks for employee productivity, and external communities to turn customers into advocates. DotNetNuke also announced global partnerships with fellow Microsoft (news, site) Gold Certified Parkters Infinite Computing Systems, SSW and Yahara Software.


In May, Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal (news, site), announced a new Drupal distribution: Spark. This Drupal 7-based distribution’s purpose is to test authoring experience improvements that are ultimately meant for Drupal 8. Features initially launching with Spark include:

  • Inline editing and drag-and-drop content layout tools
  • Enhanced content creation with auto-save, save as draft and more
  • Dashboards for content creators
  • Mobile content authoring and administration support

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) is funding the Spark distribution. The company is currently seeking Boston-based members to add to the Spark team.

Acquia also announced a partnership with NetSuite, which will result in Drupal-Netsuite product integrations offering:

  • CRM-enabled content in Drupal Gardens (news, site)
  • Social CRM with Drupal Commons
  • Drupal connectors for content-rich and social shopping experiences

eZ Publish

In May, the folks at eZ Publish (news, site) released eZ Publish Enterprise Edition Etna (4.7). This release adds features such as:

  • The eZ Publish Cloud Edition
  • An integrated eZ Odoscope for smart site analytics
  • The eZ Live Viewer for live content performance and trending
  • A/B and multivariate testing
  • Enhanced productivity tools
  • The eZ App Factory for downloading mobile apps with one click
  • Improved user experience with eZ Exceed
  • A browser-based debug output visualizer for Chrome
  • A polished version of eZ Bash Completion

It also released eZ Publish Community Project 2012.3 and 2012.4. Version 2012.3 brought in-page preview and the first results of the translation campaign, while 2012.4 brought more translations in up to 26 languages.

Development also started on eZ Publish 5.0. This release will consist of two parts: An enhanced version of Etna (the 4.x stack), and Kilimanjaro (the 5.x stack). Both parts will be integrated so they can be used side-by-side, or in combination. The 4.x stack will remain supported for “several years to come.”

Kilimanjaro brings with it significant changes, such as:

  • A move to an Hierarchical, Model, View and Controller (HMVC) architecture
  • A refactored Business Layer
  • A new Persistence API
  • A Storage Engine using the current database model
  • A planned move to NoSQL
  • A planned move to handle permissions through the Public API
  • An updated Editorial interface
  • The second generation of the eZ Publish REST API

Registration has opened for the eZ Publish Summer Camp 2012, which will be held in Croatia from September 5-8. June will bring eZ Publish Community Project version 2012.5, more work on eZ Publish 5.0, the launch of The eZ Publish Show (a community-driven developer hangout), a continuation of the “UX enlightenment” campaign and an expanded footprint for eZ Systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

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