With Nooku Server’s diet established, we now have a good idea of the work that needs to be done. A next step in the process is to define a little roadmap.
Over the next 4 months, we are going to be rolling out alpha releases implementing the key ingredients as defined in our little diet and at the same time adding key features.
We will be working towards releasing an alpha about once every four weeks. This gives the following roadmap :
- Alpha 1 : February
- Alpha 2 : March
- Alpha 3 : April
Under ideal conditions Nooku Server would go beta in May 2011, right in time for JAB11.
Our development flow will be focused on maintaining the stability of the Joomla 1.5 core. Scope for the alpha releases will be kept very limited in order to avoid scope creep. For each alpha we will focus on one major feature or task.
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A little over a month ago we announced our plans for Nooku Server, a multi-site Joomla 1.5 distribution. Before starting to integrate new features in Nooku Server we are giving the Joomla core a thorough code, features and performance review.
Joomla 1.5 core feature survey. To get a better idea of the features used, or more importantly not used in Joomla 1.5, we did a little survey with very interesting results. Almost 250 people filled it out, big thanks to all of you who did!
1. Which Joomla core features do you use ?
You can find the result here. If we would apply the 80/20 rule the only feature that you really need and use is ‘Content’. All the rest of the core features is used less then 80%. If we turn the 80/20 rule around and we check which features are used at least by 20% of you, we get the following list:
- 82% – Content
- 68% – Search
- 46% – Contacts
- 34% – TinyMCE
- 32% – PDF rendering
- 29% – XML-RPC support
- 28% – Newsfeeds
- 22% – Banners
Still an interesting list. You are not using LDAP, Gmail or the XStandard editor at all. You also don’t use any of the core site templates, nor do you require build in help.
2. What is the number one feature you are missing in the Joomla core ?
You can find the result here. If we look at the features you are missing most we get the following top 3:
- 20% – Multi-site
- 18% – Improved permissions
- 13% – Multi-lingual support
The most interesting is that improved permissions, which is the major new feature for Joomla 1.6, is not the most needed feature. Instead most of you are looking for multi-site support.
Based on the results of both questions we can conclude that what you really need is not a CMS but instead you are looking for a flexible, customisable, multi-site and multi-lingual web application platform. And that’s exactly what we are going to build!
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