osCommerce Online Merchant v3.0.2 is out! Not announced at the osCommerce forum, only on Twitter – seems that the osCommerce forum is not used anymore for announcements.
I took the time to install it – it’s very similar in looks and feel to 3.0.1. It is still unusable in real life use (as important modules are still missing). But it is forward movement for osCommerce, which is a good thing.
How to Install
Firstly you need a server that has the following as an absolute minimum;
- PHP 5.3.0 or greater
- MySQL (PDO)
Also, recommended are;
- GD Library
- SQLite (PDO)
In PHP, you need the following settings ON; file_uploads and the following settings OFF; magic_quotes, register_globals, session.auto_start, session_use_trans_sid.
If you have all that ready to go, then the install is simple
Step 1; Create an empty database
Step 2; Follow the installation procedure (this is a series of pages asking for information, it’s very simple to follow.
If anyone wants a more in-depth post on how to install, let me know.
Pointless to make a public release of this – it is unusable for 99.9% of shopowners at this point. Developers are not being informed as to upcoming changes – changes are introduced in older osCommerce and then not being carried over (a typical example is 960 grid system introduced in 2.3.1).
Release to developers and interested others as a beta. This would immediately solve the problem of new osC users wanting to download the “latest greatest” then finding it to be unusable.
Is osCommerce still GPL? The answer appears to be a sort-of “no”. It is licensed BSD, under a Modified BSD License. I’m not sure what the implication of that is/will be.