2009 was a very positive year for our download statistics: we surpassed 250,000 downloads!
In 2010 we look forward to growing that number significantly.
Our work on SilverStripe v2.4 is almost complete and many of its new features are designed to make our software even more attractive in an even wider range of uses and environments. For instance, supporting SQL Server and Postgres databases significantly improves on SilverStripe's compatibility, and makes it an attractive option for customers who have not previously considered it. We look forward to maintaining our focus on the needs of our users and increasing market share accordingly.
Yesterday we released an update to the SilverStripe CMS. As it fixes security vulnerabilities in our software, we recommend that production websites should upgrade to this version.
No API changes are generated in this release, so existing modules and websites should upgrade easily. Related to this release, we also issued a security update for the SilverStripe forum module.
A free event for people interested in open source software will be held at the Wellington Town Hall this Saturday, 23 January. Running from 11am to 2pm, the open day is a rare opportunity to meet key people from around the world committed to the open source movement.
The day comprises exhibition booths showcasing open source software, a number of talks, and fun activities for kids as well as hardware and software hackers. The open day is the final event in the week-long Linux.Conf.Au conference, which has placed Wellington at the epicenter of the global open source movement. We hope to see you there - you'll find us at table number 15.
Every year Packt Publishing, a tech book publisher, runs a global award for the best open source CMS. In 2009, SilverStripe had its best result yet.
The Packt CMS Award is a major award: many thousands of people around the world rate their favourite CMS, before judges thoroughly evaluate the most popularly voted software. There is no more significant worldwide competition that rates open source or proprietary content management platforms, so we're very proud of our year-on-year progress:
Running SilverStripe on your Windows environments has just become faster!
Benchmarking done by our European partner iBuildings shows some dramatic performance improvements with Microsoft's new WinCache 1.0 PHP bytecode cache. The release of WinCache means that the past performance disadvantage of running SilverStripe on the Windows IIS web server (as opposed to Apache on Linux) has been largely eliminated. Microsoft describes the tool as containing three caches:
SilverStripe v2.3.4 has just been released! This is now the best version of our software to use. This version solves a number of bugs, some of which relate to security vulnerabilities. Thanks go to community members who identified bugs and contributed fixes to them!
The English edition of the SilverStripe book is now in libraries in Wellington, the home of SilverStripe.
We're extremely excited to announce SilverStripe v2.4 is now at alpha release stage!
This means it's ready for testing by our community while we continue to complete the intended features for the stable version, and complete our own testing. We do not recommend using this version of SilverStripe for production sites yet, unless you perform extensive testing on your own site first.
If you're a developer based in the UK or Europe, you now have much quicker and cheaper access to our fantastic developer resource, SilverStripe: The Complete Guide to CMS Development.
This is because Amazon.co.uk and other UK booksellers now show the 456 page book as being in stock, meaning you no longer need to purchase via the US-based amazon.com store.
Wellington web designers and frontend coders have recently formed a monthly post-work event, the Wellington Web Meetup.
SilverStripe is supporting this month's meetup, which will be held at 6pm on Thursday, 12 November at our offices on Level 4, 97-99 Courtenay Place.