BitNami Adds New Stacks to List of Pre-Rolled Open Source Software Deployments

by Lisa Hoover - Dec. 21, 2009Comments (1)


It's been a busy year for open source stack vendor BitNami since we last wrote about them. In addition to adding virtual appliances and cloud templates for existing stack, BitNami has also added some new modules and an interesting tutorial that digs deep into an explanation of the company's different RubyStack deployment options.

The RubyStack tutorial is timely since the company recently released RubyStack 2.0 which included a significant number of updates. The new version includes Ruby Enterprise for OS X and Linux, and Phussion Passenge pre-configured for Apache and Nginx.

BitNami's approach to open source software deployment is a smart one. It takes the legwork -- and guesswork -- out of popular software installations like WordPress, Joomla!, and SugarCRM by building a pre-rolled bundle, or stack, that includes your favorite app and all the software needed to run it. Stacks can be run locally, on a virtual machine, or in a pay-as-you-go BitNami Cloud Image.

New stacks available now include:

Spree (e-commerce): Spree capitalizes on the dynamic nature of the Ruby programming language to provide the most flexible commerce platform available. It has been designed from the ground up to be as open and extensible as possible. Spree supports over 50 payment gateways and includes the ability to add customized logic for taxation, shipping, discounts and coupons, along with a host of other features.

Radiant (content management system): Radiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams. Radiant features an elegant user interface, flexible templating with layouts, snippets, page parts, and a custom tagging language, a first-class extension/plugin system and more.

Typo (blogging platform): Typo is the oldest and most powerful Ruby on Rails blogware, providing custom templates, powerful drag and drop plugins API, advanced SEO capabilities, XMLRPC API and many more features.

If you've ever wanted to run your own blogging platform, bug tracking system, or wiki but were afraid of getting in over your head, BitNami is definitely worth checking out.

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We use Bitrock installers(same technology that powers Bitnami) for the Zenoss Core project( and they rock.

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