the release of Zope 2.6.1, the latest version of the award-winning
open source application server. The new release represents the
successful global collaboration of community developers, as it is the
first to contain a majority of enhancements from the Zope community.
"This is the first Zope release where I have have been empowered to
add my Zope improvements directly into the product," says Toby
Dickenson, a major contributor to the new release. "It is that
directness which has been the key to capturing so many changes. I have
just been doing the same job I have always done, but I can now do it
in a way that benefits the whole community immediately."
Zope 2.6.1 has improved internationalization and translation support
for page templates and enhanced full-text indexing, with faster
results and better handling of world languages. System administrators
will appreciate the improved OS signal handling and log rotation
support. High volume web sites will benefit from improved object cache
control, providing better performance with lower memory usage.
"This release shows that Zope is becoming a global product," says Sven
Guttmann, Senior Consultant at arvato systems GmbH, a Bertelsmann AG
company. "At Bertelsmann, we have a major internal website with
50,000 new XML articles per day. We gain much value from the
contributions of Zope developers and we also contribute back. This
model for open source development clearly is working."
"Among all the open source projects at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
France, a big part of them are based on Zope," says Mickael Remond,
open source officer at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. "The Zope community
is very productive, and the standard features allow us to develop a
large part of the functions the clients are asking for. Our
development teams quickly learned the Zope development process and are
now up-to-speed in developing Zope applications."
Zope 2.6.1 can be downloaded from the Zope.org
website . With this release, Linux and Solaris
binary builds now include Python 2.1.3 with large file support,
providing pre-packaged support for large site deployments.
Zope is a leading open source application server, specializing in
content management, portals, and custom applications. Since Zope
Corporation introduced Zope as an open source product in 1998, it
has become the platform of choice for content publishers, managers,
and application developers. As an open source product, Zope comes
with complete source code and no software licensing fees. Zope is
managed by the global Zope community, with thousands of developers
and companies participating worldwide. More information, including
the Zope source code, is available at www.zope.org.
Paul Everitt, Zope Europe Association,