Drupal quickies, december 2004

A second round of Drupal quickies for those who don't have the time to keep on top of all the recent happenings in Drupal land. Just don't get used to them.

Fighting back at spam

Over the past few months, the spam module has evolved from a simple idea to a fully functional collection of tools that can automatically deal with spam comments and other spam content posted to a Drupal powered website. The module currently provides four methods for detecting spam: a trainable Bayesian filter, support for manually entered custom filters, the ability to count number of links in content, and detection of content posted from open email relays.

Calling all Drupal handbook contributors: Announcing Creative Commons licensing

All Drupal handbook contributors have been generous with their time in developing documentation for others to use in the spirt of open source. Drupal needs your help for just a moment with another task: approving a formal, copyleft licensing agreement for the Drupal handbook. A copyleft license would

  • make clear that Drupal community members can use the documentation in the Drupal handbook in other contexts, such as revising and developing site specific help docs.
  • allow the integration of already existing Drupal documentation being developed outside of drupal.org by Bryght, CivicSpace, and others.
  • eliminate potential legal conflicts over rights of use.

Thus, the Drupal handbook is moving to a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. This will allow anyone to copy, modify, and distribute revised documentation from the Drupal handbook as long as any copy or new version is released under the same license and attributes drupal.org as the original source.

FOSDEM 2005, call for presence

FOSDEM, which stands for Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting, is a free and non-commercial event for the open source community, held in Brussels (Belgium) on February 26-27. Each year (or at least the past three years), FOSDEM sets up developer rooms where teams can meet, discuss, hack and present the latest developments about their project. For more information about FOSDEM's developer rooms, read their Call for presence.

Drupal 4.5.1 released

The Drupal project has released version 4.5.1 of its open-source content management platform. Drupal 4.5.1 is a maintenance release that provides corrections of problems reported using the bug tracking system. As no critical bugs have been identified, this is a regular bug-fix release. There are no new features in this installment. For more information about the Drupal 4.5.x release series, please consult the Drupal 4.5.0 release announcement. For more information about the Drupal 4.5.1 release in particular, read on.

How does Drupal compare to Plone?

This question is prompted by some comments made over at http://drupal.org/comment/reply/13129/21713.

I'm not familiar with Plone at all. In fact, I couldn't even tell you what Python code looked like if I saw it. Zope sounds like a dark force ready to suck me into another universe. But its technological intimidation factor aside, it is the mother of all CMS software, at least from what little I've read and heard. Given that it even has some of code written in C for performance purposes, I can only assume that Plone is an industrial, heavy-duty CMS system.

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