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  • Moodle 1.8 is released

    A new version of Moodle is released with the developers stating that Moodle 1.8 is "a very high standard" and is "highly recommend production sites using older versions to upgrade to Moodle 1.8".  Moodle is a course management system (also called a learning management system) and used by educators to build online learning communities. The most significant new features in this version of Moodle include: Accessibility improvements (Complies with all major international standards in this area,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 04, 2007
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  • osCommerce 3.0 Alpha 4 Released

    osCommerce, an open source shopping cart, is one more step closer to reaching a 3.0 release.  Although the journey to completing the  osCommerce 3.0 software continues to take users and developers on a very long road,  Alpha 4 was released to the public on March 30th.  As a reminder,  alpha releases of osCommerce are for "testing to help fix and improve subsequent alpha releases for a final, stable, secure, and production ready 3.0 release".  In other words, you shouldn't use the software for…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 03, 2007
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  • Quoting IT: State of the CMS

    "Less and less, we're competing based on terms of functionality (open source CMS or not).  Not features but ease of use, aesthetics,  support, security, community, and documentation...will be critical differentiators." - Dries Buytaert, "State of Drupal", 2007 Open Source CMS Summit and DrupalCon, Yahoo! Campus

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 31, 2007
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  • ATutor 1.5.4 to be released soon

    A new version of ATutor is expected to be released in late April 2007 with a beta version already available for downloading.  ATutor is a Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind.  The new version of ATutor, 1.5.4, contains quite a number of changes with the most significant changes listed below:New Test Question Types: Ordering questions require the test taker to correctly assign given items in a particular logical order or rank,…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 29, 2007
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  • Mastering TYPO3 TypoScript

    Kshipra Singh from Packt Publishing sent me an e-mail the other day asking us to publish another one of their sample chapters here at CMS Report.   If you recall, we posted an article on one of the sample chapters from a book on Alfresco.  The book this time around is Mastering TypoScript: TYPO3 Website, Template, and Extension Development.  Long name for a title so why don't we dig a little deeper and find out what this book is really about. TypoScript is a declarative…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 27, 2007
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  • Michael Kaply: Deploying Firefox 2 within the Enterprise

    Michael Kaply has been writing a series of articles on how to deploy Firefox 2 within the Enterprise.  I wrote last year that one of the difficulties of deploying Firefox and Thunderbird in the enterprise was the lack of tools Mozilla provided for deploying the software.  I'm happy to say that   Kaply's articles do a fairly good job on providing some solutions for those organizations that need to manage a large network of clients.  Kaply's original intent is to cover the following topics…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 26, 2007
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  • Linux.com: Drupal vs. WordPress - Which is better for blogging?

    Last week, Linux.com posted an article titled, Drupal vs. WordPress - Which is better for blogging? How do Drupal and WordPress, the leading content management systems for blogging, compare for the average user? To find out, Linux.com used a preconfigure Drupal site from Bryght and a free site from WordPress.com to set up two similar sites. We compared the interfaces, the basic tasks of customizing a site, adding content, managing comments and spam, and reading site statistics, as well as…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 26, 2007
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  • TYPO3 4.1

    Anoop Atre wrote the following in our comments section about Typo3 that deserves some attention on the Front Page. Just wanted make a note that the TYPO3 Association has released Version 4.1. Focus on Usability and Performance Improvements, in addition the new release contains dozens of smaller features, system enhancements, and bug fixes. This version focuses clearly on usability in every aspect of the system as the one goal that has been set by the Development Team for all 4.x releases.…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 23, 2007
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  • OSCMS Summit over there and I'm still here

    I'll be honest, I'm envious of those people that are able to attend the Open Source Content Management System Summit (OSCMS).  As Boris Mann pointed out in his post, the interest in the conference was so overwhelming that registration closed as quickly as it opened.  I sat on the fence in my decision to go or not to go way too long that I was flat out of luck.  That's alright though.  I wouldn't have wanted to take up someone's seat who may have been more deserving of attending OSCMS.  While I…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 21, 2007
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  • Wordpress.org: Google Summer of Code

    I really can't display every open source project's invitation for college students to apply to Google's Summer of Code.  But just like the invitation from Drupal, Wordpress would be another one of those projects I wouldn't have minded working on when I was going to college. Looking for something fun to do this summer? All college and university students around the world are invited to apply to get paid $4,500 USD to work on your favorite open source project this summer. WordPress is among the…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 21, 2007
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