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HUBzero Open Source Release 1.2

Virtual Machines

Previous release is still available here.

The password for "admin" in the README file is incorrect. The correct password is 'fFMacyYan9', *not* 't2W83eITc5'.

Get started with HUBzero the easy way—by downloading and running our virtual machine image.

See the Quick Start file inside the package for a step by step method to get the virtual machine (VM) running on your PC.

Our virtual machine images are 64-bit Linux machines created for VMware. Download and install the following software to use these images:

Install from Debian packages

We've used Debian packages to simplify the installation of HUBzero on your own hardware. Follow the instructions on this page: Instructions for a Quick Install


Source code for HUBzero is available through Debian source packages. To obtain these packages please see the How To Get Source Code section of the HUBzero installation documentation.


Are you curious about how something works, or interested in digging a little deeper into the features of this release? Check out version 1.2.0 documentation here:

Community help

If the documentation doesn't answer your questions, check out our Q&A Forum or the Knowledge base to see if others are asking the same questions:

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Knowledge Base

What are the License Terms?

HUBzero has been released as Open Source under the LGPLv3 license. This means that you can create your own unique components within our framework and license those works any way you like. If you make changes to our source code and redistribute your derivative work to anyone else, you are required to keep the same license on your code and post your code publicly. We'd prefer it if you fed changes back to us, so we could incorporate them back into our Open Source Release.

Release Notes

We've been working hard making HUBzero even better. Here's what's new in version 1.2!

  • Citations now have an optional single citation view, with reviews (similar to resource view)
  • Citations now have admin tags
  • Pinterest-like interface for collecting images, links, documents, etc.
  • Repost an item from one collection to another
  • Repost an entire collection into another to create a pseudo hierarchy
  • Like/unlike posts
  • Comment on posts
  • Members can make private collections that only they can see
  • Quick & easy post creation with drag & drop file upload, link creation. Optional title, description, and tags.
  • Follow members and see all posts they make or just a single collection and see only the posts made to that collection
  • Build an online course, allowing for video lectures, file attachments, quizzes and tests.
  • Create sections—divisions of students—with their own time frames, scheduled quizzes, etc. and section specific instructors.
  • Personal notes. Create notes on any video lecture that can be downloaded or accessed at any time on the “Notes” area.
  • Discussion threads for every lecture. Instructor responses are highlighted for quickly and easily finding threads the instructor has commented in.
  • Choose to have discussions only display comments from the section the students are in or all sections.
  • Make a thread “Sticky” so all sections see it.
Cron Jobs Management of scheduled tasks through the use of a cron component and plugins. Scheduled tasks use cron notation.
Forum Individual threads can now be closed
Framework Media (CSS/JS/fonts)
  • Introduction of LESS, a dynamic stylesheet language that extends basic CSS with behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions.
    • LESS files can be overriden for more precise control on style declarations
    • Better minifying and caching of compiled styles for faster page loads
  • 15+ new icons in the Fontcons pictographic font
  • Rewritten columns.css to allow for a 12 column grid system with spans and offsets for greater flexibility.
  • Added buttons.css for default button styling, button groups, button with drop-down (or up) list of options.
Group Announcements
  • Group messages have been replaced with group announcements
  • A more convenient way to inform group members of important information and events
  • Announcements can be created by any group manager
  • Announcements use wiki markup so can include minimal formatting
  • Announcements have a publish start & end date
  • Announcements can be marked as high priority (shown in red)
  • Announcements can be marked sticky, meaning they get displayed on all group pages above other group content. Can be hidden per user.
  • Announcements can be searched
Group Calendar
  • Integrated into the site wide events tables
  • Ability to have multiple calendars with different colors to separate events into categories
  • Ability to import a remote calendar such as a private Google Calendar, and keeps in sync with the calendar on Google
  • Group events can be created by any group manager
  • Group calendar now allows “quick create”, by double clicking on calendar date manager can create event for that day
  • Group events now include more fields such as details, location, website, contact, etc
  • Group events can now include event registration with or without restricted access (requiring a password)
  • Group events now don’t require an end date
  • Group events now have timezone support
  • Group events can be imported from iCalendar files (.ics)
  • Users can now subscribe to group calendars in their own calendar application. Subscribe to one or all of the group calendars and all the group events on the HUB will be automatically synced
  • Member Profiles now have addresses.
  • Mail Preference Option for profiles has been modified to have 3 clear states: unanswered, yes, & no
  • Member Stats on the Members page.
  • New component to send email newsletters and manage mailing lists within the HUB
  • Front end used to view current, archived email newsletters, and manage user mailing list subscriptions
  • Newsletters can also be exported to PDF
  • Mailing list module for displaying a sign up form anywhere on the HUB
  • Ability to create, edit, duplicate, preview, and send newsletter campaigns
  • Newsletters can be in HTML or plain text format
  • Newsletters are built from a series of primary and secondary stories
  • Ability to create newsletter templates with placeholder tags for displaying primary and secondary stories
  • Ability to create, edit, manage, and export mailing lists that can be public or private
  • Import mailing list users from file, HUB group, or by entering a block of email addresses
  • Newsletter mailings are created when a HUB admin sends a newsletter
  • Mailings are handled by the HUB cron component, in order to send out newsletters incrementally to avoid the HUB being marked as a spammer
  • Newsletter mailings can include tracking information to track opens, click throughs, forwards, and even prints
  • Newsletter mailing stats can be viewed later to see opens by location and # of click throughs per link
  • Bonus utility tool, “Mozify” included with newsletter component which turns image into HTML table mosaic version of image
Projects and Publications – major new features:
  • DataStore Lite: create interactive databases out of .csv files in your project
  • Publications feature is now included and can be used to publish project files or databases
  • Google Drive connection for desktop syncing and collaborative editing of your project files
  • LaTeX support: compile .TEX files into PDF right in the Project Files browser, use GDrive connection to edit .TEX files as Google docs with your project team
  • Project reports: detailed logs collected on all project activity with combined usage reports available for site admins and public
  • Improved Project Files interface with a drag-and-drop multiple file upload, side-by-side and inline file revision comparison etc.
  • New mesh and field outputs for supporting a wide variety of structured and unstructured mesh types, as well as multi-component fields (e.g. vectors).
  • New VTK 2D contour and heightmap plot viewer.
  • New VTK isosurface 3D viewer.
  • New VTK glyph viewer for vector fields (arrow/quiver/hedgehog plots).
  • Support for 3D surface colormap plots (drawing output).
  • Improvements to VTK based molecule viewer (drawing output):
    • Accept PDB files, added basic automatic bond generation. Can use CONECT records in PDB for explicit bonds.
    • Added controls for atom, bond scaling, tesselation quality.
Resources Media tracking for HTML5 videos
  • New options for checking status (—status) and terminating jobs (—kill)
  • Option for naming a run (—runName). Gives user opportunity to name submit directory and standard output/error files. The given name replaces the eight digit default name.
  • Added support for SGE batch systems
  • Added version reporting option (—version). Useful for simple testing and reporting problems.
  • Sweep support added for all venues. Full workflow support is only available with Pegasus venues. This option does allow for sweeping MPI jobs and cases where Pegasus/Condor is not available. Should be easy transition for UQ.
  • Discrete file by file access control on a group basis. Black/whitelist file individual files or directories for each venue – group combination. Immediate use case is PADRE and friends.
  • Email notification application provided. Application pulls user email from registration information and sends short supplied message. HUB applications can use to provide job completion notification for long runs.
  • HTML emails
  • Watch list: Ability to watch or subscribe to a support ticket and be notified when any updates or comments are made.
  • Sticky CC. Entering a user or email address in the “CC” field for ticket comments will now persist.
  • Parser rewritten to handle links and nested code blocks more efficiently
  • Each wiki page now logs all links on a page allowing for the ability to see what pages link to each other
  • Internal wiki search. Searches only the pages within the given wiki, rather than the entire site. Especially useful for wikis in private groups.
  • Special pages: Several maintenance and information pages added such as Special:RecentChanges, which lists all recent changes in the wiki.
  • Wiki pages tracks bytes changed to give a better idea of the quantity of changes from one revision to the next.

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