Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bitnami Launchpad for Azure: New and Improved

We recently made changes to the Bitnami Launchpad for Azure to provide you with an even better experience when deploying Apps in the cloud. Some features are more noticeable than others, but all of them provide users with a simple, easy to use interface. Read more about the updates below.

SSD based instance types
We now support SSD based instance types, ideal for more demanding server applications.

Multi-subscription support
More than one Azure credential? No problem. You can now add multiple subscriptions to your Bitnami Vault, and select the one you want to use when creating your new server.

Step 1: Add and manage your subscriptions

Step 2: Pick a subscription when creating a server

Locating a specific app has never been easier with the Search by Categories dropdown.

Operations and user-facing progress messaging has also been improved, making it effortless to launch Azure servers.

We are excited for Bitnami users to try the new look and feel of the Bitnami on Azure Launchpad, and we look forward to feedback. Get started launching your apps now!

Haven’t tried Bitnami on Azure yet? Learn more about Microsoft Azure and Bitnami. Or sign up and get a $200 credit from Microsoft to try Azure for 30 days!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bitnami Odoo is now available on Mac OS!

Odoo (or OpenERP 8) is not only available for Linux and Windows platforms, but is now available for Mac OS on Bitnami!

In case you are not familar with Odoo, it is an enterprise resource platform from which you can manage all your business operations - from supply chain and project management, to accounting and HR. Out of the box, Odoo includes messaging, sales CRM and reporting modules. The 6 official Odoo apps below show just how much you get within this one application. 

  • Front-end apps: website builder, blog and e-commerce 
  • Sales management apps: CRM, point of sales and quotation builder 
  • Business operations apps: project management, inventory, manufacturing, accounting and purchasing 
  • Marketing apps: mass mailing, lead automation, events, surveys, forums and live chat 
  • Human Resources apps: employee directory, enterprise social networks, leave management, timesheets and fleet management 
  • Productivity apps: business intelligence, instant messaging and notes 

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

You can try Odoo by launching a free server now.

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

Monday, April 27, 2015

New Bitnami Django Stack 1.8 released

Django, the Python Web framework, released the version 1.8 and we are happy to announce that this version is already available in Bitnami.

Django 1.8 has been designated as Django’s second "Long-Term Support" (LTS) release. It will receive security updates for at least three years after its release. This version has security enhancements and it supports multiple template engines and new data types. You can find the complete list of new features in the official release notes.

Bitnami Django is available as native installers (available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS),virtual machines and cloud images for Amazon EC2Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

You can start your first project by following the steps below: 

This command will create a new project in your current directory. startproject yourproject

You can start the new project by running the following commands.

$ cd ./yourproject
$ python runserver

The last command will start a Django development server, so you can develop things quickly without having to deal with configuring a production server.

Now that the server is running, visit with your Web browser. When you see a “Welcome to Django” page, you'll know that it worked!

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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Security fix for Magento: released

A critical vulnerability remote code execution vulnerability in Magento was recently published. You can view the SUPEE-5344 patch that addresses the flaws here, which was released on February 9, 2015.

We have released Bitnami Magento installers, virtual machines and Amazon EC2, Google and Windows Azure cloud images that fix this issue. If you already have a running version of Bitnami Magento, you can apply the fix directly.

  1. Download the SUPEE-5344 patch
  2. Upload the patch to the server
  3. Copy the patch to "/opt/bitnami/apps/magento/htdocs"
  4. Execute the patch:
$ chmod 755
$ ./

Checking if patch can be applied/reverted successfully...
Patch was applied/reverted successfully.

Once that is done, refresh the cache in the Admin under "System > Cache Management" so that the changes will be reflected.

If you have any questions, please post to our community forum and our team will help you there. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Security fix for Ruby: new versions 2.2.2 and 2.0.0-p645 released

The Ruby project has just released new versions that fix the CVE-2015-1855 Ruby OpenSSL Hostname Verification security issue. You can find more information about these issues on Ruby’s blog post.

We have released Bitnami Ruby installers, virtual machines and Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine and Windows Azure cloud images with Ruby 2.2.2 and 2.0.0-p645 versions, and we will continue working on the release of the Ruby 2.1.6 version also. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fat Free CRM added to Bitnami Library

We're happy to introduce Fat Free CRM as part of the Bitnami library!

Fat Free CRM is an open source Ruby on Rails-based customer relationship management platform. Out of the box it features group collaboration, campaign and lead management, contact lists and opportunity tracking. The project goal is to spur CRM innovation by providing a clean code base that can be easily extended by developers.

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

If you want to check out Fat Free CRM, simply launch a free cloud demo server. Click the button below to get your own Fat Free CRM instance running for 1 hour, for free!

We also had the opportunity to interview Steve Kenworthy, Maintainer of the project, who was kind enough to answer some of our questions:

What is the goal of the Fat Free CRM application?

The goal of Fat Free CRM is to provide a light-weight customer relationship management platform. It provides a core set of features that can be easily extended through the Admin UI to fit an organization's specific requirements.

What are some of the features of Fat Free CRM?

Fat Free CRM allows users to initiate leads, promote them to contacts and accounts, log opportunities and track campaigns. It provides the ability to extend account, contact, opportunity and campaign data with custom fields more tailored to an organization's needs. There is also a basic task management system to help track actions and help teams collaborate. The software is translated into over 15 languages and has a flexible plugin architecture designed to enable developers to easily write add-ons.

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

We have a wide range of organizations using the system: 
  • Corporations working in areas such as real estate, cloud services, healthcare and telecommunications
  • Charities, universities and student groups
  • Developer and consulting firms customizing for their clients (the software is MIT licensed)
It's usage varies widely as it is tailored to suit an organization's specific requirements. On the whole, it's about contact management.

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

The Bitnami installers will help those who are wanting to get Fat Free CRM up and running very quickly without needing to set it up themselves. For those wanting to see what it can do, it's a one-click option to try it out.

Developers will be able to get a consistent, standards-based full-stack running much more quickly and the ability to install on cloud hosting providers opens up a huge number of deployment scenarios.

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