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  • Marching to the beat of Moodle 1.9

    I missed the announcement early last week, but Moodle 1.9 was made available in early March. Since I haven't mentioned anything about Moodle since last October, I have some making up to do with the open source project responsible for this course and learning management system. Significant new features in this new version of Moodle include: An all-new Gradebook designed from the ground up for expansion and integration with other systems Integrated support for Outcomes, so that learning…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 12, 2008

  • Discussing Joomla!

    One of the neat things about managing a site like is that discussion on a topic can happen when you least expected. This is exactly what happened in the comment section of a rather benign post regarding a Latin American University's use of the content management system, Joomla! I was thanked by Open Source Community's Amy Stephen, also a Joomla! user, for posting an excerpt from one of the Joomla! working group blogs. Instead of a "you're welcome" I decided to ask some questions…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 10, 2008

  • The new dotCMS 1.5

    A new version of dotCMS, an open-source J2EE enterprise class web content management system, was released this week. dotCMS 1.5 incorporates web content management with CRM, eCommunication tools and ecommerce. New features introduced in dotCMS 1.5 include: Content "Triggers" using JBoss Rules to allow rule based user segmentation by usage. Business Intelligence Reports - Integrated with Jasper Reports and iReports allow detailed and customized reporting on site usage, transactions…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 06, 2008

  • Quoting IT: Windows Vista and Linux

    "At day's end, what I found was that Vista SP1 really has not improved that much from Vista. The Linux desktop, on the other hand, has improved since I first compared MEPIS 6 to Vista. It's not so much Linux has improved its performance as it has increased its ease of use and hardware compatibility. The Linux desktop of early 2008 is clearly better than the Linux desktop of early 2007. The same cannot be said of Vista." - Steven J. Vaughan-Nicholas, "Vista SP1: Still lagging behind the Linux…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 05, 2008

  • WordPress goes social

    Matt Mullenweg, founder of the WordPress blogging application, recently announced on his own blog that his Automattic company has hired Andy Peating. Andy Peating is the creator of BuddyPress which is a WordPress Multi-User based social network platform. It’s clear that the future is social. Connections are key. WordPress MU is a platform which has shown itself to be able to operate at Internet-scale and with BuddyPress we can make it friendlier. Someday, perhaps, the world will have a…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 05, 2008

  • Microsoft reverses IE8 compatibility decision

    On Monday, Microsoft announced from their IEBlog that they were reversing their decision for how Internet Explorer 8 would be compatible with Web pages designed for Internet Explorer 7 as well as Internet standards. You may recall that earlier this year Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 8 in "Standards Mode" would actually be rendering pages in Internet Explorer 7's "Standards Mode". If you really wanted to have IE8 follow the latest standards then you would need to insert a special tag to your pages.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 04, 2008

  • Acquia unveils enterprise support for Drupal

    Last December, I mentioned my excitement about Drupal's project lead, Dries Buytaert, along with Jay Batson starting a company called Acquia. While it was known that the $7 million startup would focus on Drupal for the enterprise, what was not known was the products and services that would be offered by the company. In a press release today, Acquia finally unveiled its roadmap to commercially support Drupal. The company announced the two initial products and services it will be offering, Carbon…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 03, 2008

  • converts community forum from SMF to phpBB

    The Joomla! community just completed migrating their forum from SMF over to phpBB3. Brad Baker posted some of the details on's use of phpBB3 for their forum. In part, some of the move to phpBB stemmed from's discomfort from bridging GPL applications with non-GPL applications.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 29, 2008

  • My first Drupal Meetup

    My first Drupal Meetup

    Last night, I took the opportunity to spend some time with the Drupal community at a Twin-Cities Drupal Meetup. My trip to Minneapolis for the meetup was on the tail-end of a 1300 mile drive. Those miles covered a drive that looped me south to the state of Missouri and then eventually back north. My activities during the past week ranged from sleeping in the Missouri woods at an old scout cabin with outhouse having conversations in Minnesota with some of Drupal's brightest and most active members. This was a week of contrasts for me and now that I'm back home, I can't help but acknowledge that there was something different about attending a Drupal meetup in comparison to other meetups, workshops, and conferences I've attended in my fields of interest, information technology and atmospheric science.
    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 26, 2008

  • eZ Conference & Awards 2008

    The creator of eZ Publish invites you to the 6th annual eZ Conference and it will be run together with the Open Nordic Conference and the Open Nordic Mobile event. The date is set to June 19 – 20 and this is without doubt the biggest event ever held in Europe that has a primary focus on Open Source Software. All three conferences are running at the same place at the same time, but with three different areas of focus.The Open Nordic Conference will mainly focus on doing business with Open Source…

    By thomas
    Posted February 26, 2008

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