Os Commerce (styled "os Commerce" - "open source Commerce") is an e-commerce and online store-management software program.
It can be used on any web server that has PHP and My SQL installed.
In its infancy, Os Commerce was referred to by Ponce de Leon as "a side thing" and "an example research study".
By late 2001, a team formed for its development and in the words of HPDL, this was the point the team started taking the project seriously.
Version 2.3, as it was branded, takes advantage of the benefits of tableless web design, and includes a number of social networking tools.
The current iteration is version 3.x (in development) and is a major re-write of the program to incorporate an object-oriented backend, a template system to allow easy layout changes, and inclusion of an administration-area username and password definition during installation.
Os Commerce was started in March 2000 in Germany by project founder and leader Harald Ponce de Leon as The Exchange Project.This number is almost certainly conservative, given the inclusion of Os Commerce in hosting panel application installers such as Fantastico and Softaculous.In November 2010 the development of Os Commerce v2.2 was met with another stable release.Armorize reports this allowed infected web pages to hit 90,000 in a very short time until it was noticed and increasing further to 4.5 million pages within the space of a week.
The latest development version is 3.0.2, and was released on 6 August 2011. Versions 2.3 (stable) and 3.0 (in development) are developed as two independent programs, and as such do not share code.Contributions, the official name for the open-source community developed plugins, are developed for either 2.x or 3.0, and are incompatible with one another.