Hot off the gossip wire: IBM is falling for Drupal. Hmmmm. ECM leader IBM has developed a series of nine tutorials for Open Source CMS Drupal. And as it turns out, Drupal runs rather well on IBM Linux servers while plugged-into IBM’s DB2 Express-C database. The final tutorial covers just exactly how to do that.
While browsing some of my favorite sites looking for quirks in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) that I needed to be aware of for Web design, I came across one of the most helpful design tools I've seen in a long time. Caleb Gilbert recommended at Drupal.org a site called Browsershots. His recommendation was prompted on the need for non-IE7 users such as Mac users to actually see what their sites would look like in IE7. This is a design tool not only useful for those designing themes for Drupal, but about any other content management system or Web page you may get your hands on.
Lorelle VanFossen makes some great observations in his post with regards to which browser, Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2, work with Wordpress. Internet Explorer 7 was just released for Windows XP last week. If everything sticks to schedule, Firefox 2 will likely be out sometime this week.
Ms. VanFossen's article doesn't say it, but IE7 has been noticed to work better with AJAX type sites than IE6. Of course the original question though is how does IE7 compare with Firefox when running Wordpress?
The great Firefox 2 vs. IE 7 memory test by Scobleizer is a very interesting, if not scientific, comparison between Firefox 2 and IE 7. The test compares the “memory footprint”, the amount of memory consumed between two identical setups. In Scoble’s test...
A couple weeks ago I mentioned that Alexa, a Web search and site statistics company, had wrongly merged CMS Report with a couple other unrelated sites under uly.net. At the time my traffic rank stood at 218,200. Luckily, Alexa has a procedure that lets you contact them so they can separate your site from the other sites.
Ironically, my site may initially be worse off in Alexa's traffic ranks by separating it as its own site. Once my site is separated from the other sites I'm not so sure the 98% of the traffic I've contributed in the past to uly.net's ranking will travel to cmsreport.com.
Well my conjecture wasn't wrong. Earlier this week, as promised by Alexa cmsreport.com became its own site under their traffic ranks.
The folks at Serendipity have released version 1.0.2 to address cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities "on the admin backend which could happen if registered authors can be tricked into following a specially crafted URL." The 1.1 Beta 5 also contains this fix along with the following new changes since Beta 1:
Themes can now support custom amounts and positions of any number of sidebars (top, bottom, left, right etc.) (more)
Usergroups can now configure which plugins/events a group is allowed to execute (more)
Added the options to use HTTP-Authentication for your login, which enables you to use secured RSS-Feeds with login credentials
Some permalinks oddities when using % in URLs and some other minor fixes.
You can read more details about this release at Serendipity.
I have to admit, until I read Doug Campbell's post I didn't know that we could expect a new version of WordPress soon. WordPress 2.0.5 can be expected soon and is mainly a bug fixer with some minor enhancements.
PunBB 1.2.14 has been released. According to the original announcement at PunBB.org the new point version it not only fixes some bugs, but also provides some minor enhancements:
Addresses a few security problems
Fixes a bug or two
Adds a search performance tweak
Adds stylesheet fixes to fully support the up-and-coming Internet Explorer 7 release
I'm extremely excited to to see the stylesheet fixes for IE7. A few open source projects have been extremely slow in addressing the fix changes for IE. Some developers, in my opinion, seem to be personal opinions ahead of the needs of their projects and their users. Granted, IE7 may not be fully CSS compliant. However, Microsoft has come a long way in trying to develop a more compliant IE6 by listening to many of the demands in the open source community. The fact is that IE7 has a better chance of alienating IE6 users since it is a big change for the Microsoft Windows drone user. I think it's time we cut Microsoft some slack...
As we reported earlier this month, a new version of Joomla! is near completion. The development team has released Joomla! 1.5 beta to allow for testing, identify bugs, and offer feedback to the developers. The following is an excerpt from an official announcement at joomla.org:
Exactly one year ago, Joomla! 1.0 was released. Today, Joomla! releases the next generation framework built from the ground up. Joomla! 1.5 beta delivers more simplicity for the user and much more power for developers. The innovation and skill of our development team is clearly setting higher and higher standards...