November 8, 2004

Midgard 1.6.1 "Sverix" released

Piotr Pokora writes "Lodz, November 5th 2004 -- The Midgard Project has released stable release
version 1.6.1 of the Midgard Open Source Content Management Framework. Midgard
provides a reliable CMS framework build on top of the LAMP platform. Midgard's
core features include internationalization, accessibility, scalability,
robust templating and PHP connectivity.

This release is a hotfix for 1.6.0 stable release which also adds support
for the PHP5 programming language.

Major features in Midgard 1.6 include:

  • MultiLang support
  • Unicode support by default
  • PAM authentication support
  • Apache2 module
  • PHP4 module ready to use with Apache1 and Apache2
  • New midgard-data including MidCOM 1.4.0
  • New PHP5 module

The MultiLang feature makes Midgard more flexible as it separates
metadata from the current language of objects. It is easy to use with the new midgard-data package which allows server administrator to create or update databases to MultiLang very easily.

While Midgard has supported international character sets through the
UTF-8 encoding since the Midgard 1.2.5 series, Midgard 1.6 is the first
release where Unicode ships as the default encoding. This means that new Midgard installations can manage content in character sets like Russian, Japanese and Maori with zero effort.

PAM, or Pluggable Authentication Modules is a technology used on
several Unix platforms like Linux and Solaris to enables systems to authenticate using some central authentication provider. PAM support in Midgard means that Midgard sites and applications can now authenticate with external systems like LDAP or Active Directory instead of using the local password storage.

PHP4 module may be configured with the old Apache 1.3.x or new Apache 2. Both modules have caching facilities which increase performance and reduce request time. These modules have also abilities to emulate the old mod_midgard Apache module which is now deprecated.

The revised Midgard-data package provides an out-of-the-box setup
complete with Aegir and Spider administration tools and the MidCOM component framework. Aegir is a comprehensive and powerful administration tool targeted at Midgardpower users. Spider provides similar administrative features in accessible way, allowing disabled users and simpler web browsers to manage websites. In addition to the Midgard applications, midgard-data also ships several command-line utilities including the yamp packaging scripts useful to Midgard application developers and the datagard Midgard database and virtual host
setup tool.

MidCOM 1.4.0 is a full component framework which enables site builders
to construct their web sites from ready-made and configurable site features, or components. All MidCOM components provide uniformal and localized ways for configuration and content management. The configuration system allows site developers to fully control the way the components behave, including their output templates and content structure and form field definitions.For end-users the MidCOM system provides an intuitive "Edit this page" interface for editing site content.

Over 20 components shipping with MidCOM include a news listing system, event calendars, product order and shipping management system, phone book and a wiki online notebook.

PHP5 module is currently patched version of midgard-php4 module, and should be considered only for testing purposes.

Changes from 1.6.1 release:

Midgard-php4

  • $_MIDGARD superglobal is redesigned

Midgard-data

  • Major fix for missed administrator login and password
  • Fixes in MidCOM 1.4.0 core
  • Severe performance improvements for net.siriux.photos component.

Midgard-apache2

  • Several fixes in configure script.

Midgard-php5

  • PHP5 module based on Michiel Rook's patch was added to the release.

Planned for next releases

  • Scheduled release - February 2005
  • Automated testing of release packages
  • MgdSchema - XML defined objects for PHP using the GObjects system
  • Apache1 module will enter deprecation cycle
  • Site Creation Wizard for the MidCOM Component Framework

Download page for latest release:
http://www.midgard-project.org/download/

Getting started with Midgard:
http://www.midgard-project.org/documentation/getti ng-started/

Bugs reporting:
http://midgard.tigris.org/issues/reports.cgi

Users and developers support:
Mailing list user@midgard-project.org

Piotr Pokora, Midgard release manager
pp@infoglob.pl

Henri Bergius, Midgard spokesman
henri.bergius@iki.fi

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