XOOPS 2.5 Alpha Released


The XOOPS Development Team is pleased to announce that a new version of the #1 CMS solution hosted on SourceForge - XOOPS 2.5.0 Alpha is available for download.

This release is a major redesign of the System Module which has been AJAX-ed with jQuery by our December 2009 Innovators: Nicolas Andricq (ForMusS), Cointin Maxime (kraven_30), and Gr├â┬®gory Mage (Mage). Some of the new features are truly amazing, like the visual placement of blocks, and we're sure that the users will love them General changes in System Module:
- Added: smarty plugin for icon pack
- Added: smarty plugin for breadcrumb navigation
- Added: jQuery plugins for display popup or manage drag & drop
- Added: File Manager
- Added: Maintenance with Cache Clean-up, and Tables Maintenance
- Added: Visual module ordering with drag & drop
- Added: Visual block placement with drag & drop
- Added: Refactor all PHP code for use XOOPS API
- Added: Use template in the same way that front user, admin side for module can call a main template define in xoops_version.php
- Added: Allow override of template in admin theme like frontend if we set template in ADMIN_THEME
- Added: New variable 'system_menu' in xoops_version.php of each module, this variable generate a tab menu for module admin side if set to 1, this feature is for give one unique tab menu for all menu (eg: module PM for).
- Added: add jquery plugin in xoops_lib
- Added: change install for install admin template and admin setting
- Added: manage editor for blocks, comments and for all module if module developper want to use it activate or deactivate system section
- Added: choose number of line for admin section
- Added: display or hide tips
Avatar:- activate/deactivate avatar with ajaxBanners:- jquery popup for display bannersBlock admin:- drag n drop block for manage position and weight
- jquery popup for previewComments:- multiple selection for deletion
- purgeGroups:- number of user per group
- new dispositionImages:- lightbox preview + thumbsModulea Admin:- jquery popup for display infoPreferences:- system settingsSmilies:- activate/deactivate smilies with ajaxTemplates:- manage overide of all template online
- generated file come from databaseUser Rank:- activate/deactivate userrank with ajaxUsers:- advanced user management
- new disposition
- simple and advance search
Please remember: This is ALPHA release for testing only!!!!
DO NOT install it on a production site and DO NOT upgrade any production site with it!!!
Download it from Sourceforge repository.
Please post and discuss all issues related to this release in this forumWe also need help with Translations

System requirements-----------------------------------

Any PHP version >= 5.2+ Please note: XOOPS 2.5.x series is tested and certified exclusively on PHP5: Read more here
MySQL server 5.0+
Please note: XOOPS 2.5.x series is tested and certified exclusively on MySQL 5.0+:
Web server:
Any server supporting the required PHP version (Apache highly recommended)

Downloading XOOPS-----------------------------------

Your can get this release package from the Sourceforge file repositoryBoth .zip and .gz archives are provided:
xoops-2.5.0_Alpha.zip (9 MB):
Md5: e8efe664262ed89477194ca677015438
Sha1: b4ab9e8eac5f1bd79e1958169857f24ac4ba6939
xoops-2.5.0_Alpha.tar.gz (7MB):
Md5: 87b6a18728a98b548d68fb8cde0724c6
Sha1: 03d73a56057a2f7449600cb6c702b2a5cc0a0490
xoops-2.5.0_Alpha.7z (5 MB):
Md5: d5dc4c613b291250d714f05dfb4f8dc3
Sha1: a2fa37b2365d564174d5737048cb037aaff2b231

Installing XOOPS-----------------------------------

1. Copy the content of the htdocs/ folder where it can be accessed by your server
2. Ensure mainfile.php and uploads/ are writable by the web server
3. For security considerations, you are STRONGLY encouraged to move directories '/xoops_lib' (for XOOPS libraries) and '/xoops_data' (for XOOPS data) out of Document Root, and change the folder names.
4. Make the directory xoops_data/ writable; Create (if not already present) and make the directories xoops_data/caches/, xoops_data/caches/xoops_cache/, xoops_data/caches/smarty_cache/ and xoops_data/caches/smarty_compile/ writable (permission 0777 on Linux).
5. Access the folder where you've installed the htdocs/ files using your web browser to launch the installation wizard
6. Follow the instructions
You can also check out the detailed Installation Guide
Debug information display level-----------------------------------

Since XOOPS 2.3.1 debug information display level is enabled as a temporary solution for 2.3* to show debug information to different level of users: to all users, to members or to admins only.
The configuration can be set in /xoops_data/configs/xoopsconfig.php
A new debug information tools will be available for 2.4 using FireBug (see http://tinyurl.com/nmnjdp)

Files integrity check-----------------------------------

The full XOOPS package is released with a script able to check if all the system files have been correctly uploaded to the server. To use it, follow these instructions:

1. Upload the checksum.php and checksum.md5 files located in the XOOPS package root to your XOOPS server folder (putting them next to mainfile.php).
2. Execute checksum.php with your browser
3. If necessary, re-upload the missing or corrupted system files
4. Remove checksum.php and checksum.md5 from your server


This release contains only the 'system-related modules'. You are invited to browse the XOOPS modules repository to if you need additional functionality. Note: as a new repository is being built, the current repository is not up-to-date, PLEASE VISIT INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPERS' WEBSITES TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING LATEST VERSION OF MODULES.

How to contribute-----------------------------------
Bug report: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=41586&atid=430840Patch and enhancement: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=41586&atid=430842Feature design: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=41586&atid=430843Release announcement: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/xoops-announcement

XOOPS Development Team
February 1, 2010
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