Since there have been reports of spam posts in several projects at code.zikula.org, Chris changed the basic settings so that e-mail addresses have to be confirmed. You should have received a mail asking you to do that. For those who still can't work with their project, Jusuff provided a brief manual of what you can do.
The Zikula 1.2.0 is a feature packed release that brings the new easy to manage translation system for multi-lingual sites. The overall look and feel of Zikula has been vastly improved and cleaned and the release is noticeably faster for components using the new translation engine.
Main points of the release
Zikula-1.2.0.zip (5.45 MB)
Zikula-1.2.0.tar.gz (4.26 MB)
Developer docs and videos: TranslationIndex
I just finished reviewing the English language strings you'll be seeing in Zikula 1.2 (many thanks to Olaf Fichtner for plenty of useful suggestions). All the work was done on the Zikula project’s Pootle translation portal. Interested in what was done?
Hi all! We are happy to announce the first official release of BlankTheme! After a stand-by season, the 0.9 series finally reaches the public. We are proud of the maturity, flexibility and potential of this (two-year) project. Now it's time to build a community of users and developers to collectively build themes, fix and enhance the framework that can be pretty useful for many of us. Thanks to everyone who made this release possible!.
Brief project history in the article's content
After discussing new possibilities for a new Mailer module development went on and there was a new module released in version 1.0 today: advMailer. advMailer is a 3rd party module from ifs-net working as an extension for the zikula core Mailer module. It offers new possibilities for module developers and for administrators. Templates for emails are possible, time based email delivery, mail queue handling, setting up priorities for emails and much more.
The ground work is being laid for a North American Zikula Users Bar Camp to be held somewhere in the Portland, Oregon area. We have launched the site http://zikulanw.net to gather feedback on timing, topics to cover, etc. If you are interested in helping plan the event, or would like to try and join us, register at the site and join in the disucssion. As a side benefit, we’re running 1.2.0-RC1 so you can also help track down bugs by using the site :).
With the pending release of Zikula 1.2, we need to quickly review all of the language strings in the en_GB and en_US languages. These reviewed translations will assist other communities who are translating Zikula’s upcoming gettext feature into their language. True Internationalization is near for the project!
Head on over to http://translate.zikula.org and register so that you can lend a hand with this very important pre-release task. Thanks!
Here’s a video drak made for inspiration: http://zikula.org/tutorials/thecat/thecat.html
Social networks are growing quite fast and the last months and years I presented many new social network modules at ifs-net for free download. Now there is a new, complex module for building groups in social networks available that gives your users the possibility to create own groups with own forums, news articles, newsletters etc. The module Lobby is now available in version 1.0.
Those closely watching core development will have noticed that Drak has recently been doing a great deal of work on the translations system, the primary feature of 1.2.0. His work is nearing completion, and we would like to encourage community members to download the latest SVN from the CoZi and experiment with the new gettext based system.
With 1.2.0 well on it's way to release day, we're looking for help from community members. There's not much time left, and we'd like to fix as many bugs as possible in the 1.2.0 codebase - so we're asking every community developer to look through the bugs assigned to the 1.2.0 milestone and consider providing patches for one bug (or five!).
The developers will be watching the bug reports over the next couple of weeks and merging in patches where possible. So, if there's a bug that's been bothering you for a while, or something which you think could be fixed with just a small donation of time and effort we encourage you to get involved.
Of course, the ultimate benefit applies to everyone - Zikula 1.2.0 will be the most stable and fully featured Zikula release yet. We ask for your help to make that a reality.
I’m please to announce the release of Wii Friends 1.0, a module that provides a simple way to exchange Wii Console and Friend codes. Through Zikula security you can chose to have your site public or completely private.
ZkUnit allows developers to write Unit and UI tests, while DebugToolbar shows a small toolbar (like the Symfony one) on the upper right side of the web page.
Yesterday the first version (as usual, everything is subject to change) of the agenda for this years Camp Zikula has been finalized. We think we found a good mixture of development, commercial and community topics including an unconference for everyone to participate.
As you all know the meeting will take place in Georgsmarienhuette, Germany, from Aug 14th to 16th. The preliminary list of participants from all over Europe can be found here. We will record the meeting and upload the videos to Youtube soon after. During the Camp we will twitter about what is going on so you can almost be there without leaving your chair. Of course a personal attendance is prefered :-).
There is still time to register if you want and there are some free rooms available directly at the meeting place.
The Zikula Development Team is pleased to announce the release of Zikula 1.1.2. Zikula 1.1.2 is the second bugfix release for the 1.1 series, and fixes 69 bugs found in 1.1.1. You can see the full list at the CoZi.
Also, despite previous announcements ( and ) that development of the migration distribution has halted, the development team has decided to update and improve this special distribution. You may now download the improved Postnuke Migration Distribution (PN.764-->Zikula 1.1.2) from the links below. Please carefully read and follow the instructions for this migration. This will be the final update of the migration distribution.
In addition, development on 1.2.0 and 2.0.0 continues. For those not aware 1.2.0 introduces gettext as it’s major feature (“gettext provides an easy to use library and tools for creating, using, and modifying natural language catalogs and is a powerful and simple method for internationalizing programs” -About.com). Zikula version 2.0.0 brings the latest architectural changes as we move towards a leaner codebase with more added features for developers and users alike.
Those running 1.1.1 can use the patch provided below, while those running 1.0.x should download the full distribution and read the upgrade instructions in the docs directory.
In the near future, the Distributions in the extension database will be modified to include the updated core and upgrade available modules. Distributions, however, are intended for new installations. Upgrades, therefore, should be accomplished through single module upgrades and Core upgrades like this one. If you have any Distribution installed, you can safely upgrade your core installation with this package.
A gigantic THANK YOU to all the developers that have worked so hard to produce this release! Many individuals contributed greatly!
Download links in the extended text.
Due to a Database problem, the Cozi was down for several hours on 8 July 2009. The database was restored to its state as of 05:17:00 7 July 2009, so any tickets filed with any cozi projects between then and approximately 15:00 GMT 8 July 2009 will need to be re-submitted. Additionally, any wiki changes in Cozi projects and admin modifications in Cozi projects will need to be done again. All SVN changes were unaffected. We apologize for this downtime and continue to work to provide the highest level of service possible to Zikula development for all developers and the core project.
The Zikula Team
I’d like to thank Brian from Neosurge for donating the use of a powerful quad core server for the Zikula Community website. As you know we’ve been a little strained recently under the load. Brian (aka paradoxic) was with the project right at the beginning but moved on to run his own hosting and web-consultancy business since 2002 so he certainly knows his stuff.
The Camp of 2009 will take place from 14.08 to 16.08.2009. Our location is an education center at Georgsmarienhütte, a village near Osnabrueck in the north of Germany. This gives us new possibilities. We will have our meeting at the same place as the hotel.
The location is equipped very well. We can use the built in projector, use the wlan and DSL6000 connection at our meeting room. For Friday we rented the barbeque place. The kitchen told me, special wishes like diet or vegetarian are no problem. Just let us know at registration.
Once again, Zikula will be applying to the Google Summer of Code this year. We hope to be accepted for the second time, and to be able to take on another set of students. More information on this year’s summer of code can be found at the Google Summer of Code website. Our ideas page is up, ready for any interested students to take a look at our project list for this year. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee we’ll be accepted into the programme this year (Google will be accepting a smaller number of mentoring organisations in 2009), however we encourage students to get involved with our communty and consider any potential projects just the same. More news very soon.
Are you a student looking to get involved in Open Source over the summer? Take a look at our ideas page and consider getting involved in Zikula!
Or Seven Steps to Cool
By Craig Heydenburg (craigh)
Wouldn’t it be cool to have a whiz-bang-fancy login screen on your website that zaps down from the title bar and “greys-out” the screen like all those “big-time” websites? Well, with Zikula and a little outside help, it is pretty easy to do and quick to accomplish.
I am glad to announce that we now have a number of distributions available for those wishing to quickly download a Zikula package created specially for a particular usage scenario. These are the Demo, Blogging, Content Management, Community, eCommerce and Enterprise distributions.
More about these packages is in the extended text. To download any of these distributions, choose‘Common Distributions’ from the downloads menu above, and select the distribution that best matches your needs. The distribution page in the extensions database will tell you more about the extensions included in the package. To download, select‘Put into my package’ from the right hand menu, and the download in the top right. You can modify the package before you download it by adding more extensions, or removing those you don’t need.
These distributions are ideal for those who just want to get started with Zikula and our best extensions without the hassle of configuring a package from scratch.
Today I am pleased to announce that we are releasing Zikula 1.1.1 and the PostNuke migration distribution, based on the 1.1.1 Zikula Core. Zikula 1.1.1 is the first bugfix release for the 1.1 series, and fixes 65 bugs found in 1.1.0. You can see the full list at the CoZi. The migration distribution is built on the 1.1.1 core, with the 1.1 equivalents for each of the modules that were previously in PostNuke.
This will be the only published migration distribution for 1.1.1, so we strongly encourage you to use this release to migrate your PostNuke site. The 1.1 series is now very stable and few bugs have been postponed to 1.1.2. Meanwhile development on 1.2.0 and 2.0.0 continues, for those not aware 1.2.0 will be the first release including gettext and 2.0.0 will bring the latest architectural evolvements as we move towards a leaner codebase with more added features for developers and users alike.
For those migrating from a PostNuke installation we strongly recommend you read the upgrade instructions in the docs directory. Those running 1.1.0 can use the patch provided below, while those running 1.0.x should download the full distribution and read the upgrade instructions in the docs directory.
Download links in the extended text.
Long, long ago, but today is it so far. Web_Links 2.0 get a stable status and wants to see the light of the world. The successor for the Web_Links module from PostNuke works only under Zikula and is now to onehundred percent changed to templates and thus individually adaptable to each layout. Carsten Volmer, alias Herr.Vorragend, gave a new styling to the templates. A big thank you for this once again.
Calling All Extension Developers - Add your extension!
As of last night, community.zikula.org was moved to a new host, and at the same time we updated PHP so that extensions pacakging is possible. As we've said previously, the packaging system in the extensions database is incredibly powerful, and in future we'll be offering a number of different distributions for common circumstances. You may already have seen the placeholders in our navigation menu above.
However, packaging will only work effectively if every extension is listed. That's every theme, every module and every block working with Zikula 1.0+. Add your extensions and watch them get downloaded and used by thousands of people! The old extensions database has been archived and will be switched off in the future, so we strongly encourage you to move across to the new extensions database!
If you need a hand figuring out how the system works, please ask in our forums.
As part of our efforts to make it easier than ever to contribute to the project, the Steering Committee has decided to introduce working groups (WGs) for specific areas. The main goal of our WGs is improved transparency and separation of responsibilities. This should lead to an easier communication and decision process. We are also going to create a "who is doing what" page listing the contact details for each area of responsibility.
Every WG is either permanent or temporary, whereby permanent working groups should ideally have more than one person. WG leaders are responsible for recruiting any extra people they need for specific tasks. This does also include delegation to non-developers: WG leaders should separate tasks which can be done by end users and encourage them to take part.
The Steering Committee ensures overall progress and direction, while engaging in individual communication with the WG leaders. Furthermore every WG is encouraged to submit a regular report at the blog increasing the blog's activity and the group's transparency.
First of all, a Happy 2009 to everyone using the Zikula Application Framework. We hope the new year will bring you happiness and success.
2008 was a busy year for Zikula, with the announcement of our new name, the release of Zikula 1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.2, 1.0.3, and 1.1.0, development of our new theme and the extensions database (more on these later), and a whole host of other exciting projects. We all feel that we've laid strong foundations for the year ahead, and we hope to bring more releases and improvements throughout the whole of 2009.