The firm FiveRuns, maker of a popular systems management application, is busting out into new territory with its new Enterprise Management Suite for Rails, a series of applications for managing the full Rails application life cycle. The suite's first two offerings are RM-Manage and RM-Install, with more on the way. FiveRuns calls RM-Manage “the only Rails application management tool in the market today”, helping to “monitor and manage the production performance of the Rails application”. Meanwhile, RM-Install is a “tested, multiplatform enterprise-ready Rails stack” that ensures that all of the parts (for example Ruby, Rails, MySQL, Apache and LightTPD) will work together during Rails development. FiveRuns points out that its Rails expertise comes from using it to build its original flagship application. RM-Install is a free download; RM-Manage is available on a subscription basis.
The range of corporate apps available to Linux users continues to mature with the recently released OrangeHRM On-Demand 2.1, a hosted version of OpenHRM's open-source human resources management solution for small and mid-size enterprises. OrangeHRM claims to be reaching parity with proprietary HRM solutions while offering “key pricing and development cycle advantages” due to open source. As a SaaS solution, On-Demand requires no in-house hardware or software and is subscription-priced based on duration and number of users. OrangeHRM's technology features a rich, Ajax-based interface, a lightweight LAMP architecture and open data standards based on HR-XML. Feature improvements in version 2.1 include easier employee-leave administration, improved employee search, user-defined employee IDs and enhanced reporting. The application is available as a free download from OrangeHRM's Web site and uses the GNU GPL open-source license.
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