Friday, April 29, 2016

Open edX "Dogwood" Is Now Available from Bitnami!

We're happy to announce a new version of the Bitnami Open edX stack!

Open edX is the open-source online learning platform originally conceived by edX, a nonprofit online learning destination founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University that offers courses from the world’s best universities and institutions. The Open edX platform provides development tools to create, teach, and manage courses, student experiences, and learning outcomes at Internet scale.

Some of the new features in this new version are:
  • Partial credit
  • Open edX Analytics Developer Stack
  • Initial Version of Comprehensive Theming
  • Additional File Types for Open Response Assessments
  • Timed Exams
  • LTI XBlock
  • Otto Ecommerce Service
Several features are deprecated as of the Open edX Dogwood release:
  • Original ORA ("ORA1") Problems
  • Legacy Instructor Dashboard
  • Studio Checklist page
  • Certain XModules and Tools, including the graphical_slider_tool and the FoldIt protein simulator
  • The psychometrics and licenses Django apps
With Bitnami, developers can deploy a ready-to-run Open edX Stack with just one click. To get started, choose from our all-in-one free native installers, virtual machines or cloud images.

If you have questions about Bitnami Open edX Stack, please post to our community forum and we will be happy to help.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jenkins 2.0

We're happy to announce a new version of the Bitnami Jenkins Stack:

Jenkins is an open source continuous integration server built with Java that supports building and testing virtually any project. It supports different SCM tools, can execute Apache Ant and Apache Maven-based projects as well as arbitrary shell scripts and Windows batch commands. Additionally, Jenkins can monitor executions of remote tasks and much more. Hundreds of plugins are also available for configuring your own system based on your specific requirements.

The highlights of Jenkins 2 are:
  • Built-in support for delivery pipelines
  • Improved usability
  • Fully backwards compatible
The new Jenkins pipeline enables the ability to define workflows by describing them in a domain-specific language. The pipelines are durable, versatile and extensible, with all of their functionality designed to meet the needs of a continuous delivery system. To learn more information about this release, visit the Jenkins 2 overview page.

With Bitnami, you can deploy a ready-to-run Jenkins Stack with just one click. To get started, choose from our all-in-one free native installers (for Linux, Windows and OS X), virtual machines and Cloud Images.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bitnami Parse Server Stack now includes Parse Dashboard!

We are happy to announce a new feature available in the Bitnami Parse Server Stack:

Following the suggestions made by the users of the original stack, we have included the Open Source project named Parse-Dashboard, which we believe will improve the overall user experience of this stack. 

The Parse Dashboard is a web interface that helps developers interact with the Parse Server API in a graphic way. With the dashboard, developers will be even closer to the experience available before migrating from the original Parse Hosting Services. 

With Bitnami, developers can easily deploy a ready-to-run Parse Server Stack, now including a beautiful web GUI, with just one click. To get started, choose from our all-in-one free native installers (for Linux), virtual machines and Cloud Images.

If you have questions about Bitnami Parse Server Stack, please post to our community forum and we will be happy to help.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WordPress 4.5 "Coleman" now available from Bitnami!

We're happy to announce a new version of Bitnami Wordpress Stack:

WordPress is a popular blogging software and powers more than 10% of all websites globally. Developed by Automattic, WordPress rose to popularity quickly because of it’s up-to-date development framework, extensive feature set, multilingual publishing ability, multi-author support, and thriving community. Thousands of free and commercial themes and plugins are available to extend and personalize WordPress for just about anyone who needs a website.

A few of the major changes in this new version include:
  • Finer points: Customizer improvement
  • Finer points: Visual Editor improvement
  • Finer points: Comment refinement
  • Finer points: Optimization of image generation
  • Developers: Selective refresh
Developers: Backbone and underscore update

  • Developers: Embed templates 
  • Developers: Term edit page changes 

What's new?
  • Posts: Inline link editing

  • Posts: Additional editor shortcuts
Comments: Moderate comment screen refresh

  • Comments: Max length for comment form fields
Comments: Comment error page navigation

  • Appearance: Responsive preview of your site

  • Appearance: Theme logo support
Appearance: Selective refresh

  • Appearance: Easy of use

Under the hood:
  • Bug fix: Support Windows shares/DFS roots in wp_normalize_path()
  • Bug fix: OPTIONS request to REST API does not return correct Accept header
  • Smart Image resizing
  • JavaScript library updates
  • Script Loader improvements
You can learn more information about this release in the WordPress blog.

With Bitnami, you can deploy a ready-to-run Wordpress Stack with just one click. To get started, choose from our all-in-one free native installers (for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X), virtual machines and Cloud Images for Amazon EC2, Azure, CenturyLink, Digital Ocean, Google Cloud Platform, vCloud Air and 1&1 Cloud Platform.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Solr 6 now available from Bitnami!

We're happy to announce a new version of Bitnami Solr Stack:

Apache Solr is a fast search platform from the open source Apache Lucene project. Solr makes use of Lucene, a powerful search engine framework, and includes an http-wrapper around the robust framework so it is ready-to-use out of the box. Features include full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, dynamic clustering, database integration, rich document handling, and geospatial search. Solr is used by some of the largest companies in the world to power search on their public projects.

A few of the major changes in this new version include:
  • Improved defaults for "Similarity" used in Solr, in order to provide a better default experience for new users.
  • Improved "Similarity" defaults for users upgrading: DefaultSimilarityFactory has been removed, the implicit default Similarity has been changed to SchemaSimilarityFactory, and SchemaSimilarityFactory has been modified to use BM25Similarity as the default for field types that do not explicitly declare a Similarity.
  • Deprecated GET methods for the schema are now accessible through the bulk API. The output has less details and is not backward compatible.
  • Users should set useDocValuesAsStored="false" to preserve sort order on multi-valued fields that have both stored="true" and docValues="true".
  • Deprecated SolrServer and subclasses have been removed, use SolrClient instead.
  • Filter support added to Real-time get.
  • Column alias support added to the Parallel SQL Interface.
  • New command added to switch between secure/non-secure mode in zookeeper.
  • Now possible to use IP fragments in replica placement rules.

  • And many more features that you can find on the Solr Website.
With Bitnami, you can deploy a ready-to-run Solr 6 Stack with just one click. To get started, choose from our all-in-one free native installers (for Linux, Windows and MacOSX), virtual machines and Cloud Images for Amazon EC2, Azure, Digital Ocean, vCloud, 1&1 and Google Cloud Platform.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Now on Bitnami: ReportServer Enterprise with Scripting, Crystal Reports Support

Are you looking for an enterprise-grade BI suite for analytics and reporting? Look no further than ReportServer Enterprise Edition, now available on Bitnami for immediate deployment. ReportServer Enterprise Edition expands on all the features of ReportServer Community Edition (also available on Bitnami) and adds a wide range of enterprise functionality that allows for easier integration into almost any environment.

ReportServer takes all the pain out of report generation and analysis by offering a centralized interface to multiple reporting engines, including Jasper, Eclipse BIRT and Mondrian OLAP, and a versatile Dynamic List reporting component. ReportServer Enterprise Edition extends this support to SAP Crystal Reports and also adds pivot and templating capabilities to Dynamic List reports.

Extensive scripting capabilities in ReportServer Enterprise Edition allow you to build powerful, interactive reports customized to your requirements. For example, you can integrate enterprise authentication mechanisms such as LDAP and SSO or use script datasources to integrate data from external web services.

ReportServer Enterprise Edition is also fully themeable, so it can be easily adapted to match your corporate identity and branding. For a complete list of differences between the Community and Enterprise Edition, visit this comparison page on the ReportServer website.

Bitnami ReportServer users get a free 45-day free trial of ReportServer Enterprise Edition, so there's nothing holding you back from trying out all that data-rich, pivot-table goodness. Use our local installers, virtual machines, and cloud images to try ReportServer Enterprise Edition now.

You can also launch an absolutely free one-hour demo server by clicking the button below!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Security Release: Node.js 4.4.2 and 5.10.0

The Node.js project has just released new versions that fix a vulnerability in npm that could cause the unintentional leakage of bearer tokens.

Read more about the security issue on the Node.js blog.

We want to let Bitnami users know that Node.js 4.4.2 and Node.js 5.10.0 installers, virtual machines and cloud images have been updated and released. We strongly suggest that you update your Node.js applications to the latest version.

If you work with containers, Stacksmith already has the latest versions of Node.js available.

Do you have questions about Bitnami Node.js or the security issues? Please post to our community forum and we will be happy to help.