World of Xoops (WOX): World of XOOPS Newsletter, edition 5

Posted by: CBlueon 2004/7/12 16:30:00 14205 reads Resized Image

You're reading the Fifth (5th) issue of the World of XOOPS Newsletter, where the XOOPS Core Team informs you about their work, and gives you an overview of the recent additions to the XOOPS system, done by our great community.

In this issue:
Herko's Word
Site of the Month: Forge.Novell.Com
YAXS - New Sites Using Xoops2!
New Modules
New Themes
New Hacks
Xoops International Support Sites
Calling all Module Developers!
Giving back to the Community

Herko's Word
This is the 5th edition of the World of XOOPS Newsletter, where we recap what has transpired in the past month (or so). Again, the past month has been an active one for the XOOPS project. The XOOPS project made the top 3 (!) of's Most Active Projects list, and was featured in the monthly newsletter!
The release of XOOPS 2.0.7, featuring many bugfixes and a few security fixes marks an important milestone in XOOPS development.

From now on, the core development will concentrate on the next major release version: XOOPS 2.2. 'What happened to 2.1?' you might think. This version numbering scheme follows the Linux Kernel version numbering, where the odd numbers are reserved for alpha and beta releases -for development purposes only-, and even numbered releases are stable versions fit for production environments. Thus, XOOPS 2.1 will be a development release where developers can test and get to know the changes and new features, and when it is considered stable, it will be released for the general public as 2.2.

XOOPS 2.2 will in itself not have a ton of new features. The work that is being done is a refactoring of the core classes, making them a lot more flexible, giving module developers a better platform and clearer API to work with. For a more technical explanation of what is going on, please read Skalpa's draft reference for the X2.2 core, posted on the project forums.

The Module Development Team is also seeing some changes. Catzwolf quit the team because of personal health reasons, and Mithrandir has taken up the challenge of making sure that the best XOOPS modules are being developed. Mith is a long time regular here, top poster, developer and even a core developer, so he knows his business.

The upcoming weeks will most likely be a little more quiet then usual due to the vacationing everyone needs. The XOOPS 2.2 development will continue to go on unimpeded, as well as the Module Development Forge. We have some big plans for the website (FAQ, module repository, theme library, site redesign and restructuring), as well as for the development sites. We'll be working on that very hard, and can use all the help we can get.

I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to the 2.0.7 release (the list is long!), released a hack, module and/or theme (see below for the lists), made a donation (also see below), and to those that helped the people who had questions or needed help on the forums. It's not for nothing that we say:
XOOPS: Powered by You!

Site of the Month: Forge.Novell.Com
Interview with Paul Jones of Novell.

cblue: When did Novell become interested in Xoops and why?

Paul: Almost two years ago, Novell's Developer Services was looking for a way to help Novell third party developers share ideas and solutions. We also wanted a way to get better feedback from these developers. The proposal to create a code collaboration website was then formulated. One problem we had was that we needed the site up and running in less than three months. We searched the internet for open source projects that did things similar to what we needed. We found three or four that we liked. One of the options we found was the xoopsforge module. We chose to go with xoopsforge because the xoops foundation was the cleanest architecture out of all the options we looked at.

cblue: Would you explain Novell's current relationship with Xoops?

Paul: Novell's current relationship with xoops is similar to most xoops users. We use the product. We love the product. We submit patches or ideas when we need changes or have enhancement ideas.

cblue: The Novell's Forge Modules are a contribution you gave to Xoops, what other contributions have you given to Xoops or have planned to give in the future?

Paul: The forge modules we use are actually Barry Black's. He took ownership of the xoopsforge modules a year or two before we started using them. We have enhanced them (I think) quite a bit and tailored them to our specific needs in some cases. As for future plans, we are in the process of evaluating our options so I don't have any concrete information to give right now.

cblue: What type of modules would you like to see in future versions of Xoops?

Paul: So far, every time we have needed a module, it is already available.

cblue:According to news articles, Novell seems to be doing quite a bit to contribute to Open Source and Linux. What new projects do you know of that Novell is currently working on concerning Open Source?

Paul: Novell has a lot of initiatives on the table right now with our move into the open source world. I can not say much about them, but watch the news, I think you will hear Novell's name a lot more in the future. Novell has great products to help any company from the desktop to the data center.

Thank you Paul for your participation in this interview! - cblue

YAXS - New Sites Using Xoops2!
American Leaders
Bath Pubs
Bristol Pubs
City of Sint-Niklaas in Belgium
German Wireless LAN Security Portal
PC From Scratch
The World Of Niuniek
Volcano Boy
Vote For Vanech
WorldTech USA

New Modules
If you have a module, and want to add it to the XOOPS Module Repository, please contact Francis via PM, and tell him about your module. And of course a big thank you to all the developers out there who produced these wonderful modules!
A Slot Management System v1.1
A Slot Management System v1.2
Chess Updated Version
Comments Search Module
FlashGames 0.9 RC1
Language Tool
Wiwi 0.5
WordPress Module Release 0.1.4
Xoops2 Donations
YaBBSE 2 Xoops Database Converter

New Themes
7Dana Rose Theme
Absolute Themes
BMX Theme
Ferrari Theme
Light_Blue Theme
Light_Green Theme
Light_Purple Theme
LOTR Theme
O1A XFSeries Theme
Pale Horse Theme
SCAC Theme
Xoops Brasil Theme v0.0.1

New Hacks
NOTE: Use hacks at your own risk! They may render your XOOPS system unuseable or may prevent you from upgrading!
Auto Login Hack for Xoops 2.0.7
Catzwolf's Evennews Bugfix
Comment Navigation Bar Description Hack
Flash And Reals Button Updated
Save Password for Multiaccount
Hidden Forums in NewBB
Multiple "Main" Templates
Xoops Multilanguages 1.4
XoopsMyPoll - Clone of XoopsPoll

Xoops International Support Sites
Arabic Support
Brazilian Support
Chinese Support
Czech Support
Dutch Support
French Support
German Support
Greek Support
Italian Support
Japanese Support
Polish Support
Portuguese Support
Romanian Support
Russian Support
Spanish Support
Taiwan Support

Have you made a hack for the XOOPS core (not any of the modules!)? Please submit your hacks to the core system to the XOOPS Patch Tracker on the project pages.

Calling all Module Developers!
This is a general call to all module developers out there. We have set up and opened a XOOPS Module Development Forge website, where you can develop your modules in the presence of other module developers. The Dev Forge site is a clone, meant for XOOPS Module Development projects only. Membership is restricted to developers, but when you're a member (by being part of a development project -maybe your own modules?), you get access to the developer-to-developer forums, security releated information, and you can share your experience with the other developers, as well as learn from them. So sign up now with your own module development project!

Giving back to the Community
As you can see in the 'Make a donation' block, the number of people donating money is growing and growing. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them publicly for their continued support:
18 Anonymous, thomasjo, coterian, dwilson, kevinv, munkus, tadashi, dunkgreen, tuff, davidd, zack, kjs222, herko, Jan304, gstarrett, YourHelp, Philroy, ozboof, ronhab, sunsnapper, Panos, dlh, pygmeae, philou, yoshi, jamesmac, glenn, awreneau, gnagis, sirTanksAlot, deepsoul, madfish, porkie, chappy, alexon, bd_csmc, dr3vil, dreamgear, dobephat, johnakin, ocean, mytobaba, RuudV, juanc, _zx81, st_nick, tl, wf4sure, menochi, Wilco, felocity, bmmolloy, JohnCVermont, gruffbear, hlint, shivaji, Surpass Hosting, wpj1, jgrimm73, dantom, longhair, claydoh, jayjay1, kalle65, otello, davisk, fatman, wraith (2x), lelandm, albania, oddb0d

You can recognize the contributors by their 'Friend of XOOPS' rank. You can join their ranks by making a donation using the PayPal button on the website! All donations are put back into the development of the system and the maintainance of the websites.