Friday, November 21, 2014

Bitnami Open Source Leaders Interview Series: Frank Karlitschek from ownCloud

As part of our Open Source Leader podcast series, we interviewed Frank Karlitschek, founder of ownCloud, to learn how ownCloud helps you share your files with friends and co-workers. ownCloud gives you universal access to all your files, contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all of your devices for free!

The questions below are answered throughout the interview:

  • What is ownCloud? 
  • How technical does one have to be to use ownCloud?
  • How does ownCloud manage third-party extensions/plugins?
  • What is next for ownCloud version 8? 

After learning more about the project, you can launch ownCloud to the cloud or deploy it locally with free installers, virtual machines and cloud templates from Bitnami. Get started in the cloud for free with a $200 credit from Windows Azure.

Stuart Langridge:       These are the Bitnami Open Source Leaders Series of interviews.  I’m Stuart Langridge and I’m here talking to Frank Karlitschek of the ownCloud project.

Frank Karlitschek:     Hey, Stuart. Thanks for having me.

Stuart Langridge:       I think a lot of people may have heard of ownCloud generally, but can you give us a brief description of what ownCloud is and what it’s for?

Frank Karlitschek:     The mission of ownCloud is to provide functionality similar to Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive from Microsoft. The difference is that ownCloud is completely free software, open-source, and it’s actually designed to run wherever you want.
                                    There’s only one ownCloud like there is only one Dropbox, but you can download the ownCloud source code and install it wherever you want. You can run it on your repository at home, an old desktop computer, or on a server on the Internet. It can run at a university, your company, or wherever you want. You can even run it on a shared web space. For example, if you have web space on a university, you can just pick the ownCloud Zip file, put it in there and unzip it, and you have your own server.

Stuart Langridge:       What types of people are using ownCloud at the moment? Is it primarily individuals, organizations, companies, or university students? Of the people who aren’t using it yet, are there particular areas/demographics you’re targeting?

Frank Karlitschek:     The answer is all of them. There are a lot of people who are running it at home because they want to keep their data under control. For example, they only have their external hardware to keep all their files on. They can add ownCloud to a small home device server, and then have their own little server to share photos and documents with friends and family, which is just one use case. Individual users, families, small companies, organizations, software clubs, etc., run ownCloud for their organization to synchronize their files between them. However, there are also very huge installations. For example, there is a state in Germany that is rolling out ownCloud for every single student of the state. There are 500,000 students, and this is running on a big cluster with an ownCloud installation. 

Stuart Langridge:       That’s interesting. There’s certainly a perception that ownCloud is mostly used by quite technically literate people, would you say that was reasonable?  Is that something you’re trying to fix, or do you think it’s just not the case at all?

Frank Karlitschek:     The mission of ownCloud is to enable everybody to run ownCloud like a cloud service. We really invest a lot of time into making all the installations as smooth and as easy as possible. For example, the installation of ownCloud is basically unpacking a TAR file and then opening the browser. After that you go to the URL of the Web server, choose a route, an admin password, and that’s it.

On the other side, this is a web server that is running somewhere, so you need a bit of knowledge on what a web server actually is and what consequences it has when running a public server on the Internet. I wouldn’t say that it’s the right fit for everybody, but it should be very easy for people who have a little bit of technical knowledge. For the people who don’t really want to run their own server, there are a lot of providers out there that can help. I think we have 20-40 providers listed on our website, where you can get ownCloud hosting, and you don’t have to do any administration at all.

Stuart Langridge:       Are there people who provide you with a VM, a machine on which you can install ownCloud, or are they already running ownCloud and just give you an account?

Frank Karlitschek:     Both, again. There are virtual machines that we provide on our website. You can download them and run them somewhere. There are also the pure providers, who do everything for you. You can go to a URL, type in your login and password that you got from them, and then you can use it. There are lots of options.

Stuart Langridge:       That’s interesting. So, let’s take Bitnami as an example and how ownCloud has been working with Bitnami for single-click deployment into the cloud. Is that a common way of running ownCloud? It gets around the idea of having to have your own server and setting it up. You just punch a button. It provides you with an EC2 instance, and then you’ve got ownCloud running on it.  Do you see that as being a more common way for people to start using ownCloud in the future?

Frank Karlitschek:     First of all, I have to say that I really love Bitnami and the easy way to deploy services like ownCloud. It’s really awesome that the Bitnami installer for MacOS or for Windows can be downloaded and started within a few clicks. Two or three clicks in the setup, and it’s running on your machine. Instantly, you have turned your Windows machine into an ownCloud server. It’s super easy, so we love it. Also, the options to deploy it on EC2 SSA is awesome as well.
                                    How many people actually use this? We can’t really say. It’s software that really only runs on your machine, so there is no tracking. We have no information at all from our side about what people do with this code. However, from the feedback that we get, the Bitnami service is very popular because it’s so easy.

Stuart Langridge:       One of the advantages of putting ownCloud in the cloud rather than on your own server is that you can scale it up quite easily. You can add a second EC2 instance, so on and so forth. How well is ownCloud set up for doing that kind of wide scaling? How much work are you putting into ownCloud to make that it as wide as I need?

Frank Karlitschek:     ownCloud is designed from an architectural point of view, and is designed very similar to a lot of other cloud services. It’s running on PHP, Apache Web server, and also on other Web servers. We support standard SQL databases, so it is similar to a lot of other applications, which makes scaling very straightforward. The usual way to scale ownCloud is by using some kind of load balancer where you have several application servers that run your ownCloud application, and on the backend you have some kind of database or database cluster with some storage. 

This can all be done on Amazon EC2 services or OpenStack, so it is absolutely possible. Although, to be honest, to configure an ownCloud cluster, you really need a little bit more knowledge to understand what you’re actually doing, but that’s just in the nature of things.

Stuart Langridge:       But you’d expect that if I’m using ownCloud for my own purposes, I probably won’t need to scale it that much.

Frank Karlitschek:     No. We did tests on a machine, and were able to easily serve hundreds of users with some memory, good CPUs, and so on. A cluster isn’t needed for small installations. 

Stuart Langridge:       That’s fair, absolutely. ownCloud is primarily web-driven, and accessed at least partially through a browser. How much is ownCloud working on keeping up to date with modern web standards?  Does it handle responsive design on mobiles very well?

Frank Karlitschek:     There are a lot of different ways to use ownCloud. There is the web interface, as you said, which is a file manager that gives access to all the other applications that ownCloud can provide in the web browser. However, I wouldn’t say that this is the most common way of using ownCloud because we have different clients that you can use to access your data. There are desktop-shrinking clients on Mac, Windows, Linux, and mobile clients for iOS and Android, both phones and tablets. With these applications, you can connect to your ownCloud to synchronize, upload, download, share, edit, and work with your files.
                                    For example, if you use it on your desktop or laptop, you can leave ownCloud files or part of your ownCloud files and let them sit in a normal home directory as normal files. The user experience is very similar to what Dropbox is doing. You have the very synchronized folders, so you have different options.

Stuart Langridge:       One of the things that I think is interesting about ownCloud that a lot of people don’t realize that it’s more than just file-syncing.  People tend to talk about ownCloud as though it’s just a file-syncing rival to Google Drive or Dropbox - and that's where the project started I believe. If you look at it, there are hundreds of extra downloadable apps for ownCloud to do things such as calendaring, e-mail services, contacts, and so on.  So, you’re building a market for extra pluggable ownCloud apps, but how are you ensuring the quality of those apps? Can anyone just submit an app they like? Is it up to a user to read the ratings or are you trying to enforce some consistency and some integration between applications?

Frank Karlitschek:     First, as you said, this app concept is very important for us. Synchronizing files between different computers was the beginning of ownCloud and is still the core of what we are doing, but now we have these extensions/ plugins. Some examples are calendar, address book, bookmarks, photo gallery, video streaming, RSS reader, notes, text editing and so on. I heard from the community that there are many more coming very soon. And the question is how can people access this, how is this secure, and who reviews what? That’s an interesting question because this is free software, so we can’t really enforce any DRM, code signing, or something like that. 

We really don’t want to change, so we have a system that has different levels. Level one is an application that is really important like ownCloud. A group works very close with the core team, and they ensured that the app works, is fully tested, and has no security problems. In this case, we ship it as part of our release.  Examples of those are the photo gallery, the calendar app, the contacts app, and a few others.  Those apps are part of the ownCloud release because they’re guaranteed to work with no problems. 

There are also options for a developer who doesn’t want to follow the release schedule of the main release, or work with the rest of the crowd. For that option, they can submit it to an app store that we have,, which is a repository of third-party add-ons. It’s downloadable and installable, and with the installation there are different levels, again. 

If you upload a third-party add-on, it can be downloaded from the Web server as normal Zip file, and then manually put it into your ownCloud. If you put some random code on your web server, it’s your responsibility as an admin to understand if you should trust it or not. This is similar to a random WordPress plugin or random Linux application. However, we do review. The core team reviews the applications and confirms, for most of them, that they are high quality, super-secure, and work with the current version. In this case, they are basically approved. These apps are called approved apps, and show up in the ownCloud administration interface. The third-party apps on there can be installed and run very smoothly. 

And for certain apps that are even more polished, we have a recommended tag. Special recommended third-party apps are shown on the on top of the list, which creates a span of different levels of trust. On one hand there is the stuff that we ship, which is totally secure and works just fine. On the other hand, there is just some code that someone published and no one really knows how to use.

Stuart Langridge:       I see. So, if I were to build an e-mailing package as an ownCloud app, I could do that. I can upload it to the app store and anyone can use it whenever, but obviously what I should do is integrate with the existing ownCloud contact system and calendaring system. The more work that I put into making it a native app for the ownCloud platform, the more likely you are to recognize it as an approved app, a recommended app, and so on.

                                    You spoke a bit there about the community. Obviously you’ve got a user community of people who are running ownCloud in their business or for themselves. You also have a developer community, people who’re making applications for ownCloud or building on the ownCloud platform, and then you’ve got the core developer community who’re building the core version of ownCloud itself. How much overlap is there between those things? Is every user basically a developer?

Frank Karlitschek:     No. The biggest group, as you said, is the user community. It is really difficult to know how many there are, but we have an estimation of about 105 million users currently. Then, there are the third-party application developers, which are hard to count because we only see that someone published an extension without knowing how many people worked on it. It could be one person or it could be more.

The core group itself, which are the people who deal with the releases, had over 500 people contributing in the last 12 months. There is obviously some overlap, but it’s totally different. There are people who’re really engaged but only care about one specific app that they’re writing, and there are others who only care about the deep backend database layer, and others who care about marketing and user experience. Each group is totally different.

Stuart Langridge:       You’re at the ownCloud conference right now, yes?

Frank Karlitschek:     Yes, exactly.

Stuart Langridge:       What’s going on there?  What’s that all about?

Frank Karlitschek:     This is very exciting for me, personally, because I started the ownCloud project by myself four and a half years ago. After a few weeks, it grew very quickly because a few people joined by saying, “Hey, I have a patch here. I have a patch there, some improvements there”. After a few months, we collected a community of five or six developers. Then we had our very first developer meeting, where five people met for a weekend and worked on ownCloud. And this event of sitting together working on ownCloud, grew over time significantly. After a year, we already had 10-20 people there. Last year we had 50 people sitting in a room for fun and working with ownCloud, and this year we have 150 registrations. This year the event is hosted by a university in Berlin.

                                    Everyone sits in rooms, Tuesday to Sunday, to work on ownCloud and listen to talks on Saturday. These talks included lighting talks where people present what they’re working on, workshops, and two keynotes. This conference is all about working together on the next major ownCloud version. I’m thrilled - going from 1 to 150 - I still can’t believe it.

Stuart Langridge:       That’s excellent. You mentioned there the next version. What’s ownCloud’s release strategy and the cadence?  Do you do releases at a given time, or do you work on something until it’s done?  How often do you put a new version out and how long do you support old versions?

Frank Karlitschek:     At the moment we are releasing major versions about two times a year. We just released ownCloud 7, which brought a lot of significant improvements in the quality, functionality, and the speed. If it goes on like that, we will release ownCloud 8 in about 6 months. At the moment, we’re discussing if we want to do a few smaller changes instead of big releases, because ownCloud 6 and 7 only have a 6 months difference. At the moment we’re discussing something like a three-month cycle, but it’s not decided yet.

Stuart Langridge:       That’s moving more towards a kind of a rolling release model, more updates but each one being smaller. How does upgrading work? Can I just punch a button somewhere and have it upgrade, or do I need to reinstall everything?

Frank Karlitschek:     No. There are different options. It depends on how you have installed ownCloud in the first place. In our admin interface, you will see a notification that says a new version is available. You can press a button and a new version is downloaded and installed, this works if you installed it via a normal web installer. If you installed it via Linux package you get the update via the repository with your normal Linux package manager. If you run it on a bigger application with thousands of users, you should try it on a staging system first, and then do some plant downtime after the service ends.

Stuart Langridge:       That makes sense. Now, it would be unreasonable of me to have this conversation without bringing up some of the criticisms I’ve heard about ownCloud in preparation for this conversation, by being involved in the community, reading reviews, reports, and so on. There’s quite a wide perception, I think, that there’re two big problems with ownCloud. The first one is that there are lots of different apps but none of them integrate very well together at all.  And, secondly, the file-sync is unreliable. It doesn’t feel complete and working yet. How would you respond to those criticisms?

Frank Karlitschek:     We, as ownCloud and an open-source community, take the quality and the feedback that we hear from users very seriously. ownCloud is an open-source project, so we see our users as part of the project. We don’t believe that people should just deal with the problem. It’s actually our problem because our mission is to make something that’s actually useful to people.
                                    We’re very open and transparent with our open bug tracker and open discussion about these issues. We really want to make our users happy. We are investing a lot more time into structured automated testing, integration testing, Jenkins, acceptance testing and so on. Currently, we are at a way better state than we were a few years ago. 

Another thing that I want to mention is that some of the criticism that we see in Internet forums and other places - these bugs are actually fixed. Some were fixed a long time ago, but it’s relatively hard for us to convince those people to try again since they had a bad experience. With that being said, I encourage everybody to try the latest version, ownCloud 7.  It’s really stable and super fast, and we are really happy with the quality.

Stuart Langridge:       So you’re all there at the ownCloud conference and working on the next version. You said ownCloud 8 should be out in 6 months or so. What are the plans for that? What’s happening with ownCloud 8, and what is the future of ownCloud over the next year, the next two years?

Frank Karlitschek:     It’s too early to talk about ownCloud 8 features in a concrete way. It is one of the topics at the conference that is discussed, so it’s hard to say what we will have. Things that we will definitely invest in will be quality and stability, but from a functionality standpoint, you have to ask me in three or four months. I can’t answer that yet. 

For the long-term future, we see that a lot of people are really interested in ownCloud, from a user perspective and also developer perspective. From discussions and some of the criticisms that came out in the last few months, people are more careful with who has access to the data and how this cloud thing actually works. I think in the long-term future, people will use self-hosted installations and less centralized ones. I think this is a great opportunity for free software in ownCloud.

Stuart Langridge:       Excellent, and that’s a great note on which to end.  Thank you very much for speaking with us and telling us about ownCloud, Frank Karlitschek.

Frank Karlitschek:     Thanks a lot, Stuart.  It was great.

WordPress security release
The WordPress project has just released version 4.0.1. This version fixes a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability together with other security issues. The WordPress team strongly encourages their users to update their site to this version. For more details please check the official announcement.

Bitnami Wordpress 4.0.1 installers, virtual machines and cloud images are already available.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gradle added to Bitnami Library + Jenkins Stack integration

We're happy to announce that Gradle is now available on the Bitnami Library, as well as its integration with our Jenkins Stack.

Gradle is a Java-based tool that helps you automate the building, testing, publishing and deployment of software packages and other types of projects, such as generated static websites and generated documentation.

The Bitnami Gradle Stack is the best way to run Gradle. We have packed it as a self-contained, pre-configured distribution that includes everything you need to run Gradle. You can get started by downloading our free, ready-to-run installers for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

We have also integrated Gradle with the latest version of Jenkins in our Bitnami Jenkins Stack (by enabling and configuring the Gradle Plugin), so you can easily use Gradle for continuous integration of your projects.

If you want to quickly check out our latest Jenkins Stack with Gradle, you can launch a free cloud demo server. By clicking the button below, you will get your own Jenkins instance running, free of cost, for 1 hour!

You can also download our free, ready-to-run Jenkins Stack installersVirtual Machine images and Cloud Images for Amazon, Azure and Google Clouds.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Bitnami Ruby stacks released with Ruby 2.1.5, 2.0.0-p598 and 1.9.3-p551

We recently released new versions of Ruby stacks that fix several security issues. An additional fix for DoS vulnerability CVE-2014-8090 has been released for all Ruby versions.

We have released new versions of Bitnami Ruby Stack native installers for Linux and OS X, virtual machines and cloud images for Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure.

- Ruby Stack 2.1.5: with Ruby 2.1.5 and Rails 4.1.7
- Ruby Stack 2.0.0-23: with Ruby 2.0.0-p598 and Rails 4.1.7
- Ruby Stack 1.9.3-27: with Ruby 1.9.3-p551 and Rails 3.2.20

We continue working on upgrading Ruby versions for Windows that will be released soon.

In case you are not familiar with Ruby Stack, in addition to the base Ruby runtime and libraries, the stack includes the most popular gems for building Rails applications: Passenger, Nokogiri, Rake, RMagick, Thin and more. It also includes the latest stable version of RVM, Rails, Apache, Nginx, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Git, Sphinx, PHP, phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin.

Bitnami Ruby stack components

If you have any question about Bitnami RubyStack you can check our quick start guide or you can create a new post in our community forums.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Moodle 2.8.0 released

Moodle, the popular Open Source e-learning platform, released their version 2.8.0 a couple of days ago. We are glad to announce that this version is already available in Bitnami.

You can find the complete list of new features in the official release notes and you can also take a look at the screenshots.

Or... you may want to check the new features yourself.  By clicking the button below you will have your own Moodle instance running for 1 hour, for free!

Bitnami Moodle is also available as native installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS), virtual machines and cloud images for Amazon EC2, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mahara added to Bitnami Library!

We are happy to announce that Mahara is now available on the Bitnami library.
Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application created by the government of New Zealand. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning, and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other. 

Mahara is now ready to install in a few clicks with the Bitnami Mahara installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), Virtual Machine images(VMs), cloud images for the Amazon EC2 and Azure cloud platforms.

Mahara Main Page

Mahara Admin Page
If you want to quickly check out Mahara, you can launch a free cloud demo server. By clicking the button below, you will have your own Mahara instance running for 1 hour, for free!

We also had the opportunity to interview Aaron Wells (Technical Lead) and Kristina Hoeppner (Community Facilitator) who were kind enough to answer some of our questions:

What is the goal of the Mahara application?

Mahara is an ePortfolio designed for use in education. It gives users an easy way to set up individual or group portfolios, allowing them to showcase and reflect on their learning and achievements. It can also be used to support assessment processes.

Functionally, Mahara is a lot like a multi-user content management system. It allows users to create mini web pages for their portfolios, and it includes some social network functionality to make it easier for users to share content with each other and the rest of the world.

Mahara is open source and has a lively user and developer community who contribute to improving Mahara continuously.

What are some of the features of Mahara?

Mahara can be used by one individual, but it unfolds its true power when used with others as it allows for collaboration and engagement of other users.
With Mahara you can for example:

  • Set up media-rich portfolios by uploading different files, embedding social media content from other websites, creating journals (blogs).
  • Create multiple portfolios for different purposes, e.g. one for your personal development, one for finding a job, one for course assessment.
  • Personalize your portfolio with built-in themes or create your own skins. You can also share your skins with other users on the site.
  • Have others leave comments on your portfolios and support you in your learning.
  • Export your portfolios as stand-alone HTML sites or for import into an ePortfolio system that supports the Leap2A standard. For example, you can start your portfolio on your school's Mahara site, import it into the university's Mahara site when you start your university career, refine it and change it there, and then move it to a different site after graduating university so you can continue your lifelong learning journey. As your portfolios are always portable and accessible to you, you will be able to make changes along the way, remove things, update others and add new content keeping your portfolios fresh.
  • Submit your portfolio for assessment directly within Mahara or to the popular learning management system Moodle for integration into coursework.
  • Collaborate with groups of users in forum discussions and create portfolios or group projects together.
  • Extend Mahara with a range of community-contributed plugins.

Which projects or organizations are using Mahara currently?  What kind of projects do they use it for?

Mahara is used around the world by schools, higher education institutions, associations and organizations with accreditation/certification requirements, and also by individuals who want to harness the power of keeping a portfolio for professional purposes.
Common use cases include:

  • Presenting project work
  • Showcasing a year's work on a particular subject matter
  • Outlining a learning journey with its ups and downs
  • Reflecting on professional development
  • Supporting a job application with actual evidence of previous work experiences
  • Submitting a professional development portfolio to an association for re-accreditation
  • Setting up an online community of practice
  • Submitting a project assignment for a class

For example, Pace University in New York uses Mahara with existing and incoming students to get started on their learning journey. The University of the Arts, London, uses Mahara with its design students to present their work and also submit assignments. Southampton Solent University in the UK uses Mahara for employ ability purposes where students can create an online job application. The university also uses Mahara with its sea-faring students to document their learning while at sea on their mobile devices, and then upload the content to their Mahara site when they are back on land. The University of Canberra employs Mahara in its teaching program for students to work on assignments. New Zealand nurses use Mahara to speed up their re-certification process by having taken it online. Schools in New Zealand and around the world use Mahara with their students for assignments, lifelong learning and also teacher portfolios.

What do you expect will be the main benefits of having Bitnami packages available for Mahara?

As an automated installer, Bitnami can be especially helpful for users and institutions who only have limited tech support available. Bitnami can help them get up and running with a standard Mahara install and stay up to date with the latest version of Mahara. For more advanced users, running Mahara in a virtual machine can also be helpful as a quick way to set up a "sandbox" site to test new updates, configuration options, and plugins.

You can follow the Mahara project on Twitter and participate in discussions on  

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MyBB added to the Bitnami Library!

We are glad to announce that we have just added MyBB to the Bitnami Library. We have created native installers, Virtual Machines and cloud images for this application, available in the Bitnami Website.

MyBB is a solution that provides a complete set of features to create and manage your forums: users management, private messages, reputation system, quick moderation, languages, plugins, etc.

The Bitnami MyBB Stack is the easiest way to run MyBB. We have packed it as a self-contained, pre-configured distribution that includes everything you need to run MyBB, making it very easy to deploy. To get started with Bitnami MyBB, you can download free, ready-to-run installers for Linux or Mac OS X or our virtual machine images (VMs). Or, if you want to have a hosted MyBB, you can deploy Bitnami MyBB in the cloud via the Amazon and Google clouds.

Some of MyBB features include:
  • Easy to use, for both you and your visitors
  • A simple but powerful plugin system
  • Light and super fast theme system and template engine
  • Great performance
  • And more!
MyBB forum index
MyBB administration control panel
Do you want to quickly check out MyBB? You can launch a 1 hour demo server in the cloud for free. If you click the button below, you will have your own MyBB instance running for 1 hour.

Don't forget to visit our wiki to learn how to manage your installation.

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New Ruby stacks with latest Ruby and Rails versions

New versions of Ruby and Rails have been released recently that address several security issues:

- Rails: CVE-2014-7818
- Rails: CVE-2014-7819
- Ruby: CVE-2014-8080
- Ruby: Changed default settings of ext/openssl

If you are using Ruby stack for deploying your application, we strongly suggest to upgrade Rails to the latest version. We have released new versions of Ruby Stack native installers (all platforms), virtual machines and cloud images for the following platforms:

- Ruby Stack 2.0.0: with Ruby 2.0.0-p594 and Rails 4.1.7
- Ruby Stack 2.1.4: with Ruby 2.1.4 and Rails 4.1.7

We continue working on the new Ruby 1.9.3-p550 version with the latest Rails 3.2.20 that will be released soon.

In addition to the base Ruby runtime and libraries, the stack includes the most popular gems for building Rails applications: Passenger, Nokogiri, Rake, RMagick, Thin and more. It also includes the latest stable release of Ruby, RVM, Rails, Apache, Nginx, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Git, Sphinx, PHP, phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin.

If you have any question about Bitnami RubyStack you can check our quick start guide or you can create a new thread in our community forums.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bitnami is Now on Google Cloud Platform

After working closely with the Google team, we’re thrilled to announce that Bitnami now supports Google Cloud Platform! As of today, all Bitnami apps may now be deployed with the one-click simplicity you’re used to on the Bitnami Launchpad for Google Cloud Platform. The Launchpad provides a simple interface for launching any of the over 100 applications now available on Bitnami - for free!

The video below shows just how easy it is to launch a Bitnami app on Google Compute Engine. Select from one of our developer environments, such as Rails, Node, Django or LAMP, or our huge range of apps - from WordPress and Drupal to Redmine and Jenkins to Discourse and eXo, and many others. Just visit the Launchpad to view the complete list of apps, click on the one you’d like to launch and we walk you through the simple process from there.

Try this out today with the Google Cloud Platform free trial --you can check out just how quickly you can spin up apps with Bitnami on Google Cloud Platform free of charge.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Meet Bitnami at AWS re:Invent 2014

After a great show last year, we are excited to be sponsoring this year's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas from Novemeber 11th to November 14th. Our team can't wait to share why so many AWS users choose Bitnami to power over 10 million hours of AWS usage every month!

This event is sold out, so come to our booth (#325) early to grab one of our popular Bitnami shirts before they are all gone.

This year, we will also be participating in the AWS re:Invent Partner Passport event. Meet up with Bitnami and our partners, TIBCO Jaspersoft, MongoLab, NuoDB, and MapR. Stop by our booths for a chance to win prizes, and meet up for a drink at the pub crawl at Zeffirino's, free to AWS re:Invent attendees.

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Pimcore added to Bitnami Library!

Pimcore is the latest winner of the Bitnami monthly packaging contest and we are happy to announce that it is now available as part of the Bitnami library.

Pimcore is a free and open-source web content management platform for creating and managing web applications and digital presences. The Pimcore platform contains various integrated applications for web content management, product information management, multi-channel publishing, e-commerce and various other marketing-specific applications.

Thanks to their efforts in encouraging their community to vote during the Bitnami contest, Pimcore is now ready to install in a few clicks with the Bitnami Pimcore installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), Virtual Machine images(VMs), cloud images for the Amazon EC2 and Azure cloud platforms.

Pimcore main page

Pimcore administration panel

If you want to quickly check out Pimcore, you can launch a free cloud demo server. By clicking the button below, you will have your own Pimcore instance running for 1 hour, for free!

We also had the opportunity to interview Dietmar Rietsch, CEO/Co-Founder of the project, who was kind enough to answer some of our questions:

What is the goal of the Pimcore application?

The vision of pimcore is to manage and integrate any digital information within an open-source enterprise suite.

What are some of the features of Pimcore?

Pimcore is the first and premier open-source multi-channel experience and engagement management platform. It features web content management, digital asset management, product information management, e-commerce and multi-channel-publishing in an integrated open-source suite.

Which projects or organizations are using Pimcore currently?  What kind of projects do they use it for?

Pimcore is currently used within approximately 80k different organizations. Those organizations and companies use pimcore for a variety of different project types. For example they use pimcore for their master data management initiatives, managing their international central product data, their digital assets and of course their e-business processes like B2B e-commerce. In most cases pimcore is used for managing whole digital presences.

What do you expect will be the main benefits of having Bitnami packages available for Pimcore?

Cloud deployment is a critical feature for any application. Being quickly and efficiently able to deploy pimcore in the cloud is therefore a very important aspect for pimcore and the pimcore community. So, big thanks to Bitnami for providing an outstanding pimcore stack for the cloud.

Would you like your favorite app to be part of Bitnami? Be sure to suggest and vote for it in our monthly contest!