Monday, September 8, 2014

Wordpress 4.0 available on Bitnami

WordPress, the overwhelmingly popular open source CMS project, has just released version 4.0. This version is known as "Benny" in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, and for good reason.  This new update brings the user an all-around smoother writing and management experience like the jazz music Benny created. This new version also includes many bug-fixes, which you can view here. We are happy to announce that WordPress 4.0 is now available on Bitnami! Check out our Bitnami WordPress InstallersAmazon EC2 AMIsAzure Cloud Images and virtual machines.

Migrating your WordPress instance has never been so easy!

With this Bitnami WordPress release, we have also included a new pre-installed plugin that will help you to migrate your WordPress instance in a few clicks: All-in-one WP Migration.

With no more than three clicks, this tool allows you to do a clean, fast and safe migration to your new Bitnami WordPress installation. To learn how to install and use this tool, we have created a how-to guide on our wiki. If you run into any issues during your migration process, the Bitnami community will be happy to help.

If you want to get a hosted WordPress instance, check out Bitnami Cloud Hosting, which allows you to deploy and manage WordPress in the cloud in just a few clicks. In addition to one-click deployment, it offers built-in monitoring, automatic backups, 1 click resizing and more.

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Development PHP Platform Stacks released with PHP 5.6.0

During the past few weeks, we have provided new PHP development stacks which ship PHP 5.6 alpha, beta and release candidates. As of last week PHP 5.6.0 has officially been released, and now the new PHP development stacks are available in our Library.

The main features of PHP 5.6.0 include:
  • Constant scalar expression
  • Variadic functions and argument unpacking using the ... operator
  • Exponentiation using the ** operator 
  • Function and constant importing with the use keyword
  • phpdbg as an interactive integrated debugger SAPI
  • php://input is now reusable, and $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA is deprecated
  • GMP objects now support operator overloading
  • File uploads larger than 2 gigabytes in size are now accepted
Bitnami PHP development stacks ship Apache, MySQL, PHP in addition to other libraries and dependencies required to run out of the box. You can click in the images to download installers or run your own PHP development environments in the Cloud for all supported platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X).

In addition to that, we have also upgraded our PostgreSQL-based development environments for PHP: LAPP for Linux, MAPP for OS X and WAPP for Windows.

Easily test whether your application is ready for PHP 5.6! Check out Bitnami AMP/APP stacks and post your feedback in our community forums

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Upgraded Ruby 2.0 in the Ubuntu Bitnami Cloud Hosting base images

We recently released a new version of the our Ubuntu base image, rev 31. This version includes Ruby 2.0.0-p481, which will allow you to deploy the most recent version of Ruby applications like Redmine, Discourse and others.

The Ubuntu Bitnami Cloud Hosting servers are not only great for deploying Bitnami applications, but are also ideal for deploying your own applications. The fact that you can find recent versions of Apache, MySQL, PHP, Ruby, and many more, plus include tools like subversion or Git, makes it that much easier. Together with Ruby we have upgraded other major components like Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP and Redis. You can find the full list of components included in this version, here.

Apart from one click deployment, Bitnami Cloud Hosting makes easier to manage your servers providing automated backups and one click restoring, scheduled tasks, cloning of servers and monitoring. You can learn more about all these great features on our website, and don't hesitate to contact us at sales [at] bitnami [dot] com with any question you may have! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Annual Meet Magento Conference in USA

This first annual Meet Magento Conference will be taking place in New York City from September 22nd to September 23rd 2014. If you are a part of the Magento Community, you won't want to miss out on this event!

  • Listen to knowledgeable speakers
  • Learn about hot topics: Omni Channel, Responsive, Conversion Rate, Optmization, ... And more!
  • Network with Magento professionals
  • Attend "Speed Dating" to find a Magento agency or vendor
  • Enjoy the Opening Night Party with DJ Red Alert.

Purchase your tickets now and get a 20% discount entering our DISCOUNT CODE: Btnami20MM

Discourse 1.0 now available in Bitnami!

As Discourse users ourselves, we're happy to announce that Discourse 1.0 is now available from Bitnami! With this release, Discourse has smoothed out all of the rough edges, and is now ready and safe for production use. We have been using it to run the Bitnami Community discussion site for close to a year now and have been incredibly happy with it, even pre-1.0 release, so we highly recommend that you check out v1.0.

If you are not familiar with Discourse, it is a next-generation community forum platform created by Jeff Atwood, of Stack Overflow and Coding Horror fame, and his team. You can learn more about the Discourse project by listening to (or reading the transcript of) our interview with Jeff Atwood.

Bitnami Discourse is the easiest way to run own Discourse instance. We've packaged up Discourse as a self-contained, pre-configured distribution that includes everything you need to run Discourse and makes it simple to deploy. To get started with Bitnami Discourse, 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 Discourse, you can deploy Bitnami Discourse into the cloud via the Amazon and Azure clouds.

If you're not ready to install it on your system, Bitnami also offers free 1 hour demos of all Bitnami apps, so you can check out the new release in an instant. Click the launch button below to give it a try.

Get started with new Discourse easily with Bitnami Discourse Stacks.

Have questions? Take a look at our quick start guide or use our community forum and our team and community will be there to help!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Nginx stack with PHP and MySQL (LEMP)

We are happy to announce that the Bitnami Nginx Stack has been released. Also known as LEMP, WEMP and MEMP for Linux, Windows and OSX respectively, it provides a ready to run environment with the Nginx Web Server, PHP and MySQL.

The stack includes the following primary components:
  • Nginx Web server (1.6.1)
  • MySQL database server (5.5.38)
  • PHP-FPM (5.4.31)
  • phpMyAdmin web application management tool for the MySQL database (

In addition to these components, it includes:
  • Varnish proxy cache server (optional)
  • ImageMagick tool
  • SQLite database
  • XDebug module
  • Memcache module
  • APC module
  • GD library
  • OpenSSL library
  • CURL library
  • OpenLDAP library
  • PEAR and PECL package manager tools

Nginx is a small but very powerful and efficient web server and mail proxy. It is trusted but many of the busiest sites on internet, such as WordPress, Facebook and Dropbox. It is an asynchronous server and its main advantage is scalability. In a process-based server, each simultaneous connection requires a thread. This incurs significant overhead. An asynchronous server, on the other hand, is event-driven and handles requests in a single (or at least, very few) threads, consuming less RAM in busy environments.

The Bitnami Nginx Stack is also configured with PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager), an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation with some additional features useful for sites of any size, especially busier sites.

The Bitnami Nginx Stack is available for free from the Bitnami app store as a native installer or virtual machine for local development, or as a cloud template for the Amazon and Windows Azure cloud computing platforms.

Bitnami Nginx Stack installer welcome

Bitnami Nginx Stack Installation

Once the installation process has been completed, you can access the welcome page from your browser at http://localhost on Windows or http://localhost:8080 on OS X or Linux.

Bitnami Nginx Stack Welcome Screen
Bitnami Nginx Stack phpMyAdmin

We documented more details and more features of the Bitnami Nginx Stack in our Quick Start Guide. You can also check here how to install WordPress on an Nginx Cloud Image.

Do you have questions? We will be happy to help you at our community forum!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waiting for OpenERP 8 (Odoo)? OpenERP 8 Dev already available in Bitnami!

OpenERP, one of the most important open-source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites, is getting closer to its next major release, OpenERP 8 which will be released with a new name, "Odoo". Although OpenERP 8 is still in development, we are happy to offer a ready-to-run package with their 8.0dev nightly build, so you can get an early look at this much-anticipated release. It can be deployed using all-in-one free native installers (for Linux), virtual machines and Cloud Images.

Some of the major changes in this new version are:

  • Website Builder & eCommerce
  • New CRM Kanban view
  • New Google Calendar synchronisation
  • New Warehouse Management
  • Gamification (Goals & Challenges for Users)
  • New enhancements in Accounting, Project Management & Human Resources
  • New Business Intelligence Reporting
  • And much more!

At Bitnami one of our goals is to simplify the testing of the latest versions of open source web applications. Bitnami OpenERP is completely self-contained and it will not conflict with your current development environment. You can download it, give it a try and safely remove it when you are done. Don't forget to visit our wiki to learn how to manage your installation.
We are also continuously looking for ways to improve our existing Bitnami stacks. We now configure our Python-based packages on Unix to use the Apache Event MPM and mod_wsgi in daemon mode, resulting in reduced memory usage and an increase in the number of simultaneous requests that can be handled by the server.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Security fix: new Django stacks released

The Django project has just released new versions that fix a multiple vulnerabilities. You can find more info about these issue at the Django blog post.

We want to let Bitnami users know that all our Django platform stacks (Django 1.4.14, Django 1.5.9, Django 1.6.6) installers, virtual machines and cloud images have been updated and released. If you have already installed a version of these applications please make sure that you update your environment.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bitnami at DebConf 2014

Bitnami is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Debian Conference. DebConf is the annual Debian developers meeting, an event filled with discussions, workshops and coding parties – all of them highly technical in nature. 

We are excited to support an event that helps to drive development of the Debian operating system. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on August 23rd to August 31st. 

If you are going to Debconf14, we would love to meet up in person! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bitnami OSCON Review

Bitnami + OSCON 2014= Great time

Thank you to all our users who stopped by our booth. It was great to hear all the cool ways that our community is using Bitnami! 

We had a blast sharing Bitnami with new faces, and catching up with some of the top open source leaders and cloud platform providers.

During the conference we demoed Bitnami on Azure, where the attendees were impressed with how fast they could get started and navigate through the Bitnami Launchpad. Along with spreading the news of Bitnami, we gave out over 600 Bitnami t-shirts!

Don't worry, we haven't left you out.  Try Bitnami on Azure today, and you will get your very own, limited-edition Bitnami cloud t-shirt.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bitnami partners with Codeable to offer WordPress development and support services

We are happy to announce a partnership with the ninjas at Codeable to offer WordPress services to Bitnami users!

Codeable is a community of trusted and handpicked WordPress experts, based in the US and Europe, that are ready to take on any WordPress related tasks you can imagine: from cloud migrations and configuration to performance optimization and custom development. Whether you’re looking to fix a bug, modify an existing site, develop a custom plugin, migrate to a new server, or get some one-on-one WordPress training, their selected developers will get the job done.

The process is really simple: you describe your task, their experts will contact you asking for additional info, submit their estimates, and you select which expert you want to work with to get the task done successfully. Codeable is the only company we have partnered with so far who offers these types of services, and that is because they offer a very solid group of experts whom they hold to very high standards - 98 out of 100 tasks on Codeable get rated with 5 stars!

You can check this video out to see how they work:

We love the guys at Codeable, and we're happy to have them on board to provide services for WordPress for the Bitnami Community!

To visit their Website and learn more about their services, click here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

SuiteCRM added to the Bitnami Library!
We are glad to announce that SuiteCRM, one of the winners from our monthly apps contest, is now part of the Bitnami Library!

SuiteCRM is a completely open source enterprise-grade Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. SuiteCRM is a software fork of the popular customer relationship management (CRM) system SugarCRM.

Thanks to their successful effort in promoting the Bitnami contest to  encourage their community to vote, SuiteCRM is now ready to install in  a few clicks with the Bitnami SuiteCRM installers, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, Virtual Machine images (VMs) and cloud images for the Amazon EC2 and Azure clouds.

SuiteCRM dashboard

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

Launch free server now

We also had  the opportunity to interview Greg Soper, CEO of SalesAgility, who was kind enough to answer a few questions  about the project.

How was the SuiteCRM project started? What are the origins of this project?

SuiteCRM is a fork of the SugarCRM project with a hugely expanded functionality set that competes with SugarCRM's Professional Edition and also with Microsoft Dynamics and SalesForce Professional. At its heart, SuiteCRM is 100% compatible with SugarCRM Community Edition with added modules for Workflow, Reporting, Portal, Products, Quotes, Contracts, Invoices, Teams and more.

SuiteCRM is completely open source from top to bottom and all code released by the project will be open source.

SuiteCRM was developed by SalesAgility, the world's longest established and largest independent SugarCRM Community Edition consultants. It was developed in response to SugarCRM announcing that they no longer wish to be involved in developing or supporting open source in the shape of their Community Edition. SuiteCRM is a complete replacement for SugarCRM Community Edition. Once SugarCRM stops supporting Community Edition in 2015, the SuiteCRM community and project are available as a tailor-made home for the millions of companies and users who have grown to depend on SugarCRM over the last 8 years.

What is the main goal for SuiteCRM?

The goal is simple: To be the most popular and most used CRM application globally.

What are some of the features of SuiteCRM?

It is an enterprise-class application that enables users to service their customers better, to understand their customers better, to respond to their needs more rapidly and to communicate with them more effectively. It is a complete Customer Relationship Management tool with an ecosystem of extensions and integrations to other applications such as Sage, MailChimp and Joomla.

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

CRM is a horizontally applied business tool. It's functionality has high value across numerous sectors including governments,  third sector, retail, manufacturing and services. Any organisation that services people or deals with customers can benefit. SuiteCRM is used by hundreds of thousands of organisations across the planet.

Our direct customers include governments, global manufacturers, healthcare, finance, distribution, legal, accountancy, distribution, pharmaceuticals, aquaculture, education and many others.

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

Without a doubt it's the ease with which it facilitates exploration of what can otherwise be a daunting and technical deployment. To have a complete working version of SuiteCRM in a couple of clicks without geek-level technical knowledge is convenience cubed.

SuiteCRM calendar and modules

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

New HVM Amazon instances now available in Bitnami Cloud Hosting and more!

A few weeks ago we announced that Amazon released a new type of cloud servers, the T2 instance family. T2 servers use Hardware-assisted Virtualization (HVM) and provide great price/performance value for common scenarios. We updated our cloud images right away, allowing you to launch T2-powered Bitnami apps directly from the AWS console.

Today we are happy to announce that we have added HVM virtualization to Bitnami Cloud Hosting, and now you can launch servers based on the T2 and R3 instance types.

We have also added support in Bitnami Cloud Hosting to the latest versions of Ubuntu (14.04 LTS) and Amazon Linux (2013.03.2), so you can get the most out of the new instance types.

Steps to create an HVM instance in Bitnami Cloud Hosting:  

When you create a new server, you can now choose the virtualization type (HVM or Paravirtual) in the operating system selector.

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Once you have selected an HVM based operating system, you will see the new instance types T2 and R3.

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It's that easy!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Security fix for Drupal, new versions 7.29 and 6.32 released
The Drupal project has just released two new versions, v6.32 and v7.29, that fix several vulnerabilities: SA-CORE-2014-002 and SA-CORE-2014-003.

We have released BitNami Drupal 6.32 and 7.29 installers, virtual machinesAmazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure cloud images that fix this issue. We are continuing to work on upgrading other Drupal-based applications like CiviCRM and OpenAtrium.

In case you are not familiar with Bitnami Drupal, it is a self-contained and easy to use distribution that makes it simple to start developing and deploying Drupal applications.

If you just want to check out Drupal v7.29, you can launch a free cloud demo server in minutes with the Bitnami by clicking the button below. The default admin user is "user" and the password is "bitnami".