Archive for August, 2006


August 31st, 2006 No comments


Joomla! is a fork of Mambo, or the other way around? According to this article in the Joomla! Developer Blog, in August 2005 a dispute developed within the Mambo Steering Committee. “The entire Core Team decided to sever ties with Miro, the company supporting Mambo, and leave the project. They regrouped under another name and released Joomla! 1.0 in September 2005.

Another way to look at it is like this:

Mambo today: same name, same base code, different team;
Joomla! today: different name, same base code, same team.

This makes it hard to answer the question “what is the original”. Joomla! 1.0 and Mambo 4.5.3 should be mostly compatible, being both based upon Mambo 4.5.2. Following the release of Joomla! 1.5 and Mambo 4.6 we are likely to see polarisation of the two projects and each provide its own richness and new flavours to the Open Source movement.

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ExpressionEngine 1.5

August 31st, 2006 No comments


The pMachine team is pleased to introduce ExpressionEngine 1.5, the Simple Commerce module, the Discussion Forums module 1.3.1, and the Wiki module 1.1.

ExpressionEngine 1.5 “is a major release bringing integrated commerce to ExpressionEngine along with an additional 70 features and enhancements.

The Simple Commerce Module fully integrates the purchasing power of PayPal into your existing ExpressionEngine site with this easy to use, flexible solution.

Customizable email notifications for each product, member group assignment upon purchase, built in encryption, and automated purchase tracking through PayPal’s Instant Payment Notification service give you the power you need to run your own store.

The Simple Commerce Module is included free with ExpressionEngine Personal and Commercial licenses.

For a full list of the new ExpressionEngine 1.5 features and enhancements, please read the release announcement and the change log.

Categories: News


August 31st, 2006 No comments


Geeklog “is a PHP/MySQL based application for managing dynamic web content.

Out of the box, it is a blog engine, or a CMS with support for comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, spam protection, and all the other vital features of such a system.

The core Geeklog distribution can easily be extended by the many community developed plugins to radically alter its functionality. Available plugins include forums, image galleries, and many more.

Geeklog was originally developed for the Security Geeks web site and was originally authored by Jason Whittenburg. In early 2001, Jason handed the project over to Tony Bibbs. Tony is currently focusing on getting the next generation Geeklog, dubbed GL2, off the ground, while Dirk Haun is now maintaining the 1.x branch.

Geeklog is open source software and is released under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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Joomla! 1.0.11

August 29th, 2006 No comments


Joomla! 1.0.11 is available for download, and it is designated a Critical Security Release.

All existing Joomla! users must upgrade to this version, due to several high level vulnerabilities that affect all previous Joomla! versions.

1.0.11 contains 4 high level security fixes, 4 medium level, 18 low level and 25 general bug fixes. If you are using any previous version of Joomla!, you need to upgrade to 1.0.11 as soon as possible.

For full details, please read the release announcement and the 1.0.11 changelog.

Categories: News

Movable Type 3.3 (3.3.1), 3.3.2

August 28th, 2006 No comments

[Movable Type]

July 12, 2006 – Six Apart “today released an upgrade to its flagship business blogging tool Movable Type. The company also announced significant summer price discounts across the entire Movable Type product line, while making its free personal license open to unlimited users with unlimited blogs.

Movable Type 3.3 introduces many new features, including:

* Tag Support and Tag Feeds.

* Widget Manager, to rearrange page content by drag-and-drop.

* Activity Feeds, to manage your entire blog, its comments and TrackBacks, and get information on your blog’s status with customizable feeds for administrators.

To learn all the details, please read the Six Apart press release.

Note: this update to Movable Type is being initially released as version 3.31 to sync version numbers with an earlier release in the Japanese market.

Update: August 28, 2006 – Movable Type has been updated to version 3.32. This is a recommended fix if you need any of the fixes listed in the release notes, but it’s not a required update.

Categories: News


August 27th, 2006 No comments


As its name implies, b2evolution is an evolution of b2/cafelog. It was started in early 2003 by François Planque because the development of b2 had been discontinued (and the official b2 successor, WordPress, had not yet been named).

Key improvements on b2/cafelog include:

* Multiple categories and sub-categories
* Multiple blogs
* Displaying all feedback (comments, trackbacks and pingbacks) on same page
* Latest comments page
* Integrated XHTML validator: check that your posts/comments are valid XHTML and secure against cross site scripting
* Full internationalization (i18n) and several localizations (l10n) included. Toolkit to add your own translations provided.
* evoSkins (evolved blog skins): change the look & feel of your blog in a snap!
* Clean permalinks
* Draft status: hide posts until you want to publish them
* Private/Protected status: hide posts from non identified members
* Trackback and/or pingback on edit (multiple trackbacks/pingbacks allowed)
* Statistics based on logging of Referers, User Agents, etc… on blog pages and RSS feeds
* Comment and referrer spam prevention

b2evolution is a PHP and MySQL application, released under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

Categories: Directory


August 25th, 2006 No comments


e107 is a content management system “written in PHP and using the popular open source MySQL database system for content storage. It’s completely free and totally customisable, and in constant development.

e107 was first publicly released in 2002 by its developer Jalist (see The history of e107). Later, an expanded development team was formed and eventually this team took over the task of maintaining and developing the system.

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Xoops 2.0.15 released

August 25th, 2006 No comments


The Xoops development team “is pleased to announce the release of Xoops 2.0.15.

This is mainly a maintenance release containing various bugfixes. It also provides security enhancements and thus all 2.0.x users are strongly advised to upgrade.

For details please see the Xoops release announcement.

Categories: News

GreyMatter Forums closed?

August 25th, 2006 No comments


The GreyMatter Team website at is no longer available. In its place, just a page stating that the account has been suspended. A post by Pete Finnigan explains what happened, and also points out to a new GreyMatter forum at

Update: the old forum is currently redirected to the new one, and GM related activity is going on …

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August 23rd, 2006 No comments


CMSimple is based on a Perl script written by Peter Andreas Harteg in 1999 and used for managing homepages for many years.

In March 2003 Peter rewrote CMSimple in PHP and made it available for free use.

CMSimple doesn’t need a database, but stores the content of your site in a single HTML file. CMSimple is recommended for sites with text contents less than 2 MB (about 1000 pages of text with an average of 2,000 characters per page). There is no maximum size to the site but speed will become an issue.

Images are stored separately, and there is no limit to the number of images you can use. Additional features include an integrated online WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) editor with link validation, image handling, online editing of system files and an automatic backup on logout.

CMSimple is free to use, but only if a link to is kept visible in the template for the site. If you want to remove or hide the link to from your pages, you must purchase a commercial license for the site.

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