Thursday, August 27, 2015

Find us at VMWorld 2015 - SF, CA

We’re speaking at VMWorld 2015! Join us for the vCloud Air Hackathon (VMworld’s first hackathon) and lunchtime talk. The hackathon is open to all VMworld attendees.

Bitnami will be co-presenting a session on “Dev Ops Awesomeness with Bitnami” with Nitin Saxena, Director of Solutions Marketing from the VMware vCloud Air team. We’ll be demonstrating how easy it is to get started using vCloud Air using the Bitnami Launchpad, as well as how to build scalable container-based applications using the Bitnami Container images for Docker, Kubernetes and vCloud Air.

Our talk will be on Wednesday 2nd September at 12:30pm in the Dev Ops @ VMware area. Can’t make it? We’re at Moscone all week and would love to connect and give you a limited edition Bitnami t-shirt!

Need a pass for VMworld 2015? Use registration code VMWDEVDAY for a complimentary one day pass for Wednesday 2nd September.

Registration is here. See you there!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MONyog Now Available on Bitnami

We’re pleased to welcome MONyog into the Bitnami Library! If you’re a MySQL database administrator looking for an enterprise-grade data monitoring tool that not only offers support for unlimited servers but also top-of-the-line security, test out our newest Application Server app.

MONyog also offers an array of features that ensure you’re getting the most out of your MySQL and MariaDB deployments. From real-time query monitoring analysis to advanced server metrics that alert you to resource shortages, MONyog helps you to tighten security, optimize performance and reduce downtime.

Key features included:
  • Real-time query monitoring and log analysis
  • Replication and deadlock monitoring
  • Proactive alerts via email and SNMP
  • Historical/trend analysis of performance data
  • Agentless installation
  • Supports MySQL servers running on any platform
  • Multi-user support with per-server access rules and LDAP integration
  • HTTP API for integration with third-party applications

Interested in MONyog? Deploy a one-hour free demo of the Bitnami MONyog Stack! We make it easy to run MONyog in the cloud, virtually, or locally in minutes. Try it out now!

MONyog MySQL Monitor is a product of database management software company Webyog. To learn more about MONyog, please visit the MONyog website and knowledge base.

'Take 5' with Code Dx Founder Ken Prole

Ken Prole, CTO at Code Dx, sat down with our team to discuss the passion and inspiration behind his popular software assurance and analytics tool. The goal behind Code Dx was to deliver a product that would solve real problems for real people. Ken and his team identified the problems that many developers confront with application quality and security testing such as difficult installation, expensive tools, and having to use multiple tools which makes it hard to compare results.

Learn more about Code Dx and Ken’s journey that led to a successful company in our latest ‘Take 5’ with the Founder:

What advice would you offer to any soon-to-be startup founders out there?

You need to understand your user’s pain points and needs very well. This means getting out of the office and talking with people. Listen carefully to how things are being done today and what challenges your solution can solve for them – this creates your value proposition. Then implement that solution, incrementally, starting with the MVP (Minimal Viable Product), always working closely with users for feedback. Don’t be afraid to pivot and change direction as you get more feedback. Your early customers are critical for turning your idea into a product that actually solves someone’s needs. Also look for mentors. Reach out to people who have had success growing a startup. They’ll likely be more open than you think to help and might even join your Board of Advisors, which is another important tip for success.

What was your original source of inspiration when you started Code Dx?

We saw a bunch of tools appearing to help developers detect quality and security issues, but there was nothing to bring all those results together and various studies by NIST and NSA were showing that a collection of tools gives you much better coverage. DHS Science & Technology Directorate shared the same vision and were instrumental in funding our initial research and development through their Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

What problem will your product solve? + How does it matter in the market?

Code Dx is a software vulnerability management tool. It helps developers, software testers and security analysts find software vulnerabilities, prioritize them and assign them for remediation before the attackers can exploit them. For developers, we embed Code Dx right into your IDE so you can find the vulnerabilities early in the SDLC. As a result you write better quality code so your software doesn’t crash or perform poorly, as well as more secure code, so that vulnerabilities are detected before the bad guys find them. There are plenty of software scanning tools out there already, but we developed Code Dx to respond to specific challenges those tools present. The challenges we heard most often from people getting started in application quality and security testing were that (1) tools are too expensive and licensing restricts its usage by line-of-code or number of projects; (2) tools are difficult to install, configure, and interpret the results; (3) no single tool finds everything and when using multiple tools it is very difficult to compare results. We solved these problems with Code Dx and feel it is helping the overall quality and security tool market since now people can more easily consume the results of multiple tools.

What is your one-line pitch?

Code Dx finds, prioritizes, and visualizes software vulnerabilities – fast and affordably.

Describe the experience of your first customers?

Finally getting a product into the hands of real users solving real problems is what it’s all about. Seeing how our first customers used Code Dx was enlightening to us. We saw how our vision actually helped users do things they couldn’t before. It helped validate that Code Dx was a product that fulfilled someone’s needs. We also learned what frustrated users with our early versions, and used that feedback to make Code Dx even better. That’s what we continue to do today. So try out Code Dx and let us know what you think!

Now for the lightning round!

Coffee or tea?
Coffee in morning, tea in afternoon.

PC or MAC?
PC and Android for me. I feel like more and more colleagues are switching to MAC, but I haven’t been able to make the switch yet.

Early bird or night owl?
Kids have made me an early bird, but I can still do the night owl thing when needed.

Bagels or muffins?
Bagels, especially on Bagel Friday.

Classic or modern?

Detailed or abstract?

Washing dishes or doing laundry?
Washing dishes. Laundry is such a process.

Saver or spender?

Hardwood or carpet?
Pancakes or waffles?

Asking questions or answering questions?
Asking questions as the answer.

Javascript or C?
Anything but going back to C programming.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Try out the first RC of PHP 7 right now on Bitnami!

The first release candidate of PHP has been released and we just included it in our library. You can now download the new installers for Unix and Windows systems.

This version includes a lot of bug fixeschangesvarious stability improvements for database, array, assert, streams and other functionality. that you can try right now with our installers in a few clicks.

PHP 7.0.0 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with features such as:
  • Improved performance: PHP 7 is up to twice as fast as PHP 5.6
  • Consistent 64-bit support
  • Many fatal errors are now Exceptions
  • Removal of old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions
  • The null coalescing operator (??)
  • Combined comparison Operator (<=>)
  • Return Type Declarations
  • Scalar Type Declarations
  • Anonymous Classes
We'd love to hear how you like PHP 7 and what improvements or problems you've seen so far. Sound off in the comments below or connect to us on Twitter with your feedback.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Security release: Drupal 6 and 7

The Drupal project released a new version that fixes several security issues; upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended.

The new version fixes:
  • Cross-site Scripting - Ajax system - Drupal 7: A vulnerability was found that allows a malicious user to perform a cross-site scripting attack by invoking Drupal.ajax() on a whitelisted HTML element.
  • Cross-site Scripting - Autocomplete system - Drupal 6 and 7: A cross-site scripting vulnerability was found in the autocomplete functionality of forms. The requested URL is not sufficiently sanitized.
In response to the new version we have released Bitnami Drupal7 and 6 installersvirtual machines and Amazon EC2,GoogleAzureVMware and DigitalOcean cloud images that fix these issues. There are no new features or non-security related bug fixes in these releases.

You should patch your Drupal version as soon as possible. You can follow the step-by-step instructions via this blog post. Stated simply, you will need to ssh to your machine, ssh to the Drupal installation directory and execute drush.

$ cd /opt/bitnami/apps/drupal/htdocs
$ drush up

If everything goes well, you should see something similar to the following:

Project drupal was updated successfully. Installed version is now 7.39.
Backups were saved into the directory /home/bitnami/drush-backups/bitnami_drupal7/20150820155354/drupal.                  [ok]
No database updates required                               [success]
'all' cache was cleared.                                   [success]

Finished performing updates.                                    [ok]

Have questions about Bitnami Drupal? Post to our community forum, and we would be happy to help you. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our August Bitnami Power User: Nick McElligott

We’re excited to announce our August ‘Bitnami Power User', Nick McElligott! Nick went from having little to no backend server knowledge to CTO in a matter of months. He uses Bitnami as a resource to explore different installation environments and experiment with server setups.

Nick is an evangelist for Bitnami, not only because we make server software easy to use, but also because we make a wide variety of applications available on many different platforms and back it up with solid documentation and customer support.

Our support team is all about great user experience, so we love when people ask for help or advice! If you ever have a question about one of our stacks, visit the Bitnami community page and we’ll help you out ASAP.

Read on to learn more about Nick’s experience:

What is your occupation? 

Right now I'm an IT Consultant. I am a consulting CTO for a few small companies (all under the same ownership) and consult for my previous full time job in a full stack dev role.

What are your hobbies? 

  • beer 
  • basketball (especially NBA Spurs, and NCAA KU - rock chalk!)
  • blacksmithing (shout out to 
  • juggling and unicycling 
  • bar hopping
  • traveling 
  • Indian food 
  • programming (javascript is my favourite atm)

How would a novice programmer best use Bitnami as a resource? 

Most of the resources and tutorials on the internet are focused on front end (HTML/CSS/JS) and back end (PHP/Python/Ruby/C#/Java/DB etc) development. There are very little great tutorials on backend server stuff like how to get going with Linux install/setup/usage/concepts, the command line usage, Apache installation/setups/best use, MySQL install/setup and general server management, backups, monitoring, and architecture etc. All that stuff is usually learned on the job with experience. It’s hard to teach from a video and hard to learn without actually doing it and going through it all - something that most people would find prohibitive and not worth the payoff. 

When I got my first job at Spark Digital, I hadn’t touched any servers. I was thrown in the deep-end and was the only programmer in the whole building. Initially the existing sites were setup on shared hosting environments where we had little control over the environment. Within 6 months we had decided that we wanted to move over to a VPS provider and discovered Amazon. Since I didn't have any experience, we looked to Bitnami.

How did Bitnami fulfill your needs and where did you first hear about us? 

Bitnami has a billion different server images for all kinds of different products and services. However I would expect that most users don't use a fraction of all the different images available. Most people are in an industry and do a specific type of thing. Much of the value I got from Bitnami was that you could trust that the images were setup in a best way possible, documentation is amazing, and your support team goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Your Support Team really pushed me over the edge to fully love Bitnami. I can't tell you the amount of times they have saved me. It’s honestly insane. I'd love to see how many emails have been sent back and forth between us. The team was awesome, knowledgeable, intelligent, understanding and so much more. Please tell your support team that they are amazing, and if it weren't for all their hard work, I'd simply be a front end dev, not a full stacker.

What projects are you currently working on? 

Personally- I've been looking into RFID stuff using a RaspPi and using a LAMP backend. I may even take a look at switching over to a MEAN stack. RFID is such an empty market, and there are so many opportunities there, its exciting. Other RaspPi stuff and home automation is another area where I have interest. 

Professionally- I've just started playing with Visual Studio and C#, its a lot of fun. Working with a full fledged IDE has been interesting, but playing with a C based lang has been great.

Do you have any favorite stacks/apps in the Bitnami Library? 

Nothing in particular. I'm more familiar with a LAMP stack though.

We love to hear hear from our users, and would love to hear about your personal experience with Bitnami, as well. Feel free to reach out to us, and you might just be the next Bitnami Power User!

Friday, August 14, 2015

YouTrack 6.5 Tracks Bugs Better

Are you building bug and issue tracking into your software development project? If not, you could be setting yourself up for headaches later on if the issues pile up and you have no process in place to document, reproduce, triage, and manage them. Fortunately, the Bitnami YouTrack stack can be deployed in just a few clicks to keep those bugs at bay! YouTrack is a comprehensive, browser-based bug and issue management system that just added some interesting new features with the release of its version 6.5.

Whether you work alone or manage a large development team, YouTrack can simplify your life thanks to its flexible integrations with other development and QA applications and its ability to scale up or down based on your needs.

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about how to increase collaboration between your QA and development teams and reduce revisions by integrating YouTrack with TestLink. Now with the version 6.5 update, released today in Bitnami, YouTrack adds seamless integration with your favorite development and revision control tools like GitLab and Bitbucket, a redesigned administration UI, one-click import of issues from Jira, and other helpful upgrades.

Key features and enhancements:

  • JetBrains’ teamware integration
  • Project Wizard
  • Enhanced TeamCity integration
  • Dashboard improvements: query assistance, saved searches and tag filters
  • Updated workflow
  • Improved iMailbox integration
  • Bug-fix versions included in the license
  • Mention @username notifications

New to Bitnami? You will be pleased to know that the Bitnami YouTrack stack comes with a free license for up to 10 users and can be deployed in the cloud, as a Virtual Machine, or natively with just a few clicks. You can see how easy it is by launching a one-hour YouTrack demo in the cloud, absolutely free!

If you are an existing YouTrack user and would like to find out how to upgrade to 6.5, see our wiki page here for easy-to-follow instructions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Announcing the Bitnami Launchpad for DigitalOcean

We’re pleased to announce the Bitnami Launchpad for DigitalOcean, which furthers our mission of making deploying applications to the cloud seamless. This new option provides developers with over 100 fully configured applications and development stacks that are ready-to-run on the DigitalOcean cloud platform in minutes.

The Bitnami Launchpad is free for DigitalOcean users. You will be charged solely for the infrastructure resources you consume, with no additional cost for the Bitnami solutions built on top of that infrastructure. Bonus: New users can claim up to 2 months of free service credit to use when signing up. Use promo code BITNAMI.

Get started now: 

Watch this instructional video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to get up and running.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Security Release: Magento

The Magento project has just released a new community version that includes the latest security patches: SUPEE-5344, SUPEE-5994, SUPEE-6237, SUPEE-6285, SUPEE-6482. It is recommended that you apply those patches or upgrade to the latest version of the application. For more information about the security issues fixed with those patches check out this helpful user guide

We have released Bitnami Magento installersvirtual machines and Amazon EC2Google, Azure and VMware vCloud Air cloud images that fix these issues.

If you already have a running version of Bitnami Magento, you can upgrade the application following the steps detailed on our wiki page.

To learn more about this new version, you can read about them on the Magento release notes. Have questions about Bitnami Magento? Post to our community forum, and we would be happy to help you. 

Security Release: WordPress 4.2.4

The WordPress project has just released a new version due to a security release. WordPress versions 4.2.3 and earlier are affected by six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection that could be used to compromise a site. 

It also includes a fix for a potential timing side-channel attack and prevents an attacker from locking a post from being edited.

In addition to the security fixes, WordPress 4.2.4 contains fixes for 4 bugs from 4.2.3. You can find more information at the Release Notes.

The WordPress team strongly encourages their users to update their site to this version. For more details please check the official announcementIf you already have a running version of Bitnami WordPress, the application will be automatically updated. You can confirm that the update has been done by checking the version from your admin panel.

We have released Bitnami WordPress 4.2.4 (and Multisite version) installersvirtual machines and Amazon EC2GoogleVMware vCloud Air and Azure cloud images that fix these issues.

Have questions about Bitnami WordPress or the security issue? Post to our community forum, and we would be happy to help you.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Simple Machines Forum joins the Bitnami Library!

Simple Machines Forum is now part of the Bitnami App Catalog!

Simple Machines Forum is a web forum that allows you to have your own community in a really simple way. 

It gives you every feature you need as a forum admin and also is a very easily customizable software. It is written in PHP and used the MySQL database, all included in the Bitnami Stack. Simple Machines Forum also offers the the following features:

Package Manager to apply hundred of modifications you will find online
Changeable themes
Easily integrated with other CMS as Mambo
Supports more than 40 different languages
Upgrade by the web interface

Liroy van Hoewijk, the President/CEO of the org and the server administrator the website, has kindly answered some questions about the project and the integration with Bitnami.

What is the goal of the Simple Machines Forum application?

Simple Machines Forum is designed for ease of setup and use for the beginning site admin, but highly customizable by the more advanced admins. With a lot of handy features, it can be used by anyone for a large variety of communities that the site owner wishes to run.

We want to make good, fast, stable and secure software available to everyone: free of charge. Hence our slogan: "Elegant, effective, powerful, free. It's that simple."

What are some of the features of Simple Machines Forum?

SMF will give you a powerful opensource tool to create an online community, that gives you full control.
- Posting is very easy thanks to a powerful post system, which includes a WYSIWYG editor, a quote option and a quick-reply feature.
- Modifying the appearance of SMF is easy to do, with the built-in theme editor and a large scale of themes available for free on our website.
- Adding functionality is as easy as downloading a free modification package in to the package manager that comes with SMF, which makes it as easy as adding functionality with a single click! 
- The SMF permission system is very strong and can, for example, work with groups so that some users can, or cannot, access/see and/or participate in specific areas of your community; you can limit what users can do, set access control, et cetera.
- The personal message system allows your users to community in private, if they want to.
- A powerful search system allows your users to look through posts/topics to find what they're looking for.
- The language system allows you to install pretty much any language there is, so that your users can use the functions of our software in their own language. This includes a spell check if the server supports it! 
- The warning system can, rather than instantly banning someone which is also an option, ensure you can give users limitations for a few days or keep them on close watch
- The large variety of caching systems that are supported can reduce the resources SMF needs even further.

... Etcetera. You will have a full and powerful community suite in your hands by using SMF.
For a full overview of our features, and to learn about using SMF whilst you're discovering just what SMF can do, I'd like to refer to our extensive online documentation:

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

From scientific NASA forums to fantasy WarriorcatsRPG, from security firms like COMODO to hacker forums, from bitcointalk to communities of banks: you name it! 
SMF is deployed on many different types of websites/projects as it can be used for just about any subject the user wants to start a community for. The software is very powerful, secure, stable and last but not least: very easy to use and customize, which makes it an easy choice. And hence why it should also be your choice! ;)

The userbase of SMF originates from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds. We pride ourselves in having a multi-cultural team from all corners of the world to cater to the wishes of our users, and produce one of the best products on the market with support in nearly all languages spoken on earth. Support that's not only given by our own team, but also by SMF users that love to help out other/new users! The (support) community on our website is not only staffed by our own team of experts, but is in a large part also driven by our users in a "for users, by users” fashion so that you can get very quick responses. For which we are very thankful!

SMF is not only used by companies, organizations or project websites: but also on a large scale by individuals who simply wish to add an awesome community to their website, in order to enable communication and/or discussions with their users on the subject their website is about. It greatly enhances the social interaction with, and among, the visitors of your website. 

SMF is light-weight, so it doesn't need significant amounts of resources to function: but it can scale as big as you need to as long as the hardware supports it. From a few hits to millions of hits, SMF can do it.

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

Whilst we do not endorse any specific vendor, for all the Bitnami users I'm very happy to hear that SMF will now be available to them in a pre-packaged system! It will of course lower the hurdle to get started even further. Making SMF even easier to use and install than it already is will hopefully be a welcome addition for Bitnami users, and therefore we hope that you'll give our software a try and start using SMF on your website! You will not regret it.


Simple Machines Forum is now ready to install in a few clicks with the Bitnami Simple Machines Forum Installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), Virtual Machine images(VMs), cloud images for Amazon EC2,Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

You can try Simple Machines Forum launching a free cloud demo server. If you are interested you just have to click on the following button to create a 1 hour free server:

Want your favorite app to be part of the Bitnami Library? Vote for it in our monthly contest!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Evaluate your business with ReportServer - now available on Bitnami

We are excited to welcome ReportServer, an open source business intelligence (OSBI) platform and the newest addition to the Bitnami Library! This versatile business intelligence suite provides a unified interface to reporting agents from different providers, making it easy for managers to collate, analyze, and take action from multiple touchpoints.

ReportServer is an ideal tool for business decision makers, analysts and consultants with it’s comprehensive administrative features and full scripting capabilities. Integration and support for Jasper, Birt, Crystal Reports, Mondrian and Excel also make using ReportServer a versatile option for existing infrastructures.

ReportServer is also highly flexible and customizable to suit your needs. Customize reports by selecting from a variety of parameters such as text-boxes, radio buttons, popups, and more.

More key features of ReportServer include:
  • Support for interactive, multi-dimensional analytics with OLAP and Mondrian.
  • Support for multiple output formats, including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, PDF and XML.
  • Unlimited, freely-configurable dashboards per user.
  • Fine-grained access control with groups, ACLs, user variables and SSO.
  • Extensible via Groovy scripting.
  • Enterprise-ready and 100% open source.

Launch a demo of ReportServer with just one click!

Or you can start using ReportServer right away with our Bitnami ReportServer installers,Virtual Machine images (VMs), and cloud images.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FTP server with built in image preview

An FTP server with built in image preview? Yes please!

One of the neat features of CrushFTP that a Bitnami user discovered a few weeks ago was the ability to automatically generate thumbnails of image files. As it turns out it requires a few extra bits and pieces to get working (ImageMagick, Ghostscript, and Exiftool), which aren’t normally included by default. 

However, these bits are now included by default in the Bitnami CrushFTP packages, which makes them dead simple to use. The full instructions on how to enable folders to scan are in our wiki, but in a nutshell all you need to do is…
  1. Log into the CrushFTP server
  2. Navigate to the "Admin -> Preferences -> Preview" page using the top navigation menu.
  3. Click ‘Add Folder’ to select the folders you wish to scan
  4. Click ‘Save’ to apply and start the scanning.
Then, when you navigate to that folder, you’ll see image previews generated for all the images it can find.

If you are already using CrushFTP, feel free to write a review and let other Bitnami users know what you thought about this feature. 

Still haven't tried it? CrushFTP is ready to install in a few clicks with the Bitnami CrushFTP installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), Virtual Machine images (VMs), and cloud images for Amazon EC2 and Google Cloud Platform

HHVM joins the Bitnami Library!

We are happy to announce that the Bitnami HHVM Stack is now available on our Bitnami Library. HHVM is an open-source virtual machine that is able to execute PHP programs, in addition to its own programming language, Hack. It has been developed since it's origins by Facebook and is said to be a competitor with PHP itself. With that in mind, a large number of PHP applications are working to become compatible with HHVM.

The Bitnami HHVM Stack includes HHVM along with Apache, MySQL and PHP, so you will be able to switch between both engines and compare them.

Welcome Page

As an example, we have configured WordPress on top of HHVM and ran some tests facing our WordPress cloud images running PHP-FPM 5.6. One of the conclusion that we came to is that HHVM allows about 170% concurrent users versus PHP-FPM 5.6, which is a significant advantage.

The following tests show the results of running a T2 AWS micro instance with WordPress configured with PHP-FPM v5.6 and HHVM v3.6.5. The first test shows that with the PHP-FPM configuration the users start getting timeout errors when there are 42 concurrent users in the server. The second one shows that WordPress configured with HHVM could serve the requests without timeout errors until the server has 80 concurrent users.
WordPress configured with Apache and PHP-FPM in an AWS T2 micro instance

WordPress configured with Apache and HHVM in an AWS T2 micro instance

Get HHVM running in just a few clicks with the Bitnami HHVM Stack installersVirtual Machine images (VMs), and cloud images.

We cannot wait to hear your thoughts about this stack, and we invite you to leave your comments and reviews on our stack page.

You can find more information about how to manage your installation on our wiki. Still have questions? We would be happy to answer them on our community forum.