One of the things I like about browsing the Web for posts on various CMS topics is that they always seem to show up on the Web when when I need them the most. For example, I'm starting to consider whether I'll continue to use osCommerce for some sites that I manage. While the yet to be released osCommerce 3.0 will likely be an option next year, I'm open to other possibilities. What I would like to see is a shopping cart that integrates well with a full CMS. In the past, I've found Joomla's Virtuemart extension and Drupal's e-Commerce module to fall just short of the client's needs so I've stuck with pure shopping carts such as osCommerce. Yet, I still keep on hoping for better open source options.
For the first time, an alpha version of osCommerce 3.0, an e-commerce application written in PHP, was released to the public for testing. While this third alpha was made available to the general public, the first two alpha releases were made only available to osCommerce's community sponsors.
According to osCommerce, the "alpha releases are made to showcase the new features being worked on and to generalize a version specific for testing to help fix and improve subsequent alpha releases for a final, stable, secure, and production ready 3.0 release".
Some of the new features that are made available in this release include: