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SOURCE: Zope Corporation

Zope Corporation Releases Zope 2.5 and Python 2.2

Everitt and van Rossum Showcase Releases at LinuxWorld And the Python Conference

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Zope Corporation, the leader in open source content management, custom solutions and developers of Zope(TM), the leading open source web application server, announces the release of Zope 2.5. Zope enables the rapid building and deployment of web content.

``Zope version 2.5 is a product rich in benefits to both mid-sized and large companies,'' says Hadar Pedhazur, board chairman of Zope Corporation. ``Our new template model defines 'state-of-the-art' methodology for how site designers collaborate with developers. Zope is the compelling alternative to proprietary content management solutions with its emphasis on cost control and quality assurance. Upgrading the license to achieve GPL compatibility and a renewed Open Source Initiative certification, reaffirms Zope's leadership and commitment to open source. Zope Corporation is particularly grateful to Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation for his help in modifying Zope's license.''

Zope 2.5 includes Zope Page Templates (ZPT), the new model for dynamically generating pages. ZPT embraces W3C standards by leveraging namespace attributes to insert page directives. This approach allows site designers and developers to work side-by-side, since the interim and final product remains valid HTML. The 2.5 release also offers built-in session tracking, encrypted password support and significant performance improvements. Zope Corporation has just released version 1.2 of its Content Management Framework (CMF).

Python 2.2 was recently released (http://www.python.org). Guido van Rossum, director of PythonLabs at Zope Corporation, and Paul Everitt, co-founder of Zope Corporation, will discuss the new releases during speeches at LinuxWorld NYC this week and the 10th International Python Conference in February.

Zope is popular in both corporate and government sectors, the latter particularly in Europe. ``Zope is being used by the Bas-Rhin regional administration located in Strasbourg and by the French Government Information Services (SIG),'' says M. Michel Sapin, French Minister of Public Administration and State Reform. ``Zope permits the creation of reusable, completely tuneable systems, for every administration which would need an online information management tool, without complex technical developments.'' The Bas-Rhin site recently won a website competition with many entrants. Nuxeo, a Zope development company in France, is developing the SIG site for the Prime Minister.

About Zope

Zope is the leading open source application server, specializing in content management, portals, and custom applications. Since Zope Corporation introduced Zope as an open source product in 1998, it has become the platform of choice for content publishers, managers and application developers. Zope comes with complete source code, and no software licensing fees. There are over 20,000 developers around the world contributing to Zope, providing on-going support and enhancements. More information, including the Zope source code, is available at http://www.zope.com.

About Zope Corporation

Zope Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise content management solutions based on the open source Zope application server and its new Content Management Framework (CMF). Zope Corporation rapidly creates and deploys high-performance content management solutions that are scalable, reliable, and easily maintained. Source code is delivered with their systems, so clients have complete control over their software. Customers include Fortune 1000 companies, newspapers and other media, telecommunications firms, government agencies, the military, educational institutions and Internet businesses. Zope Corporation is backed by Opticality Ventures www.opticality.com. The company is headquartered in Virginia. For more on Zope Corporation and Zope visit http://www.zope.com.

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