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Openbravo ERP Ubuntu Lucid package available

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts. It’s here. Be ready for the new Cloud experience with Openbravo ERP and Ubuntu. For the long awaited Ubuntu release, codename Lucid Lynx 10.04, has been just released today! Two key words you should never forget:

  • LTS: this is a Long Term Support release. A new LTS version is released every 2 years and it gets longer support and more focus on security, stability and maintenance.
  • Cloud: first class cloud computing support in Amazon EC2 and Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC). It’s never been easier to work with your Openbravo ERP Ubuntu instance on the Cloud.

Fine, this sounds good. But how do I install it? First you need to get Ubuntu Lucid Lynx up and running. You can do this in mainly two ways:

  1. Install Ubuntu on a local machine: your own computer, a local server or a virtual machine.
  2. Run an instance on the Amazon EC2 cloud. Use the official AMIs. If it’s for a production server make sure you choose the EBS powered images (aka persistent storage).

And once this is done, install Openbravo ERP:

  1. Enable the Partner’s Repository:
  2. sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner"
    sudo add-apt-repository "deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner"
    
  3. Install the openbravo-erp package:
  4. sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install openbravo-erp
    

You can also install it using Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Center:

Software Center: Openbravo ERP installation

For more details about the installation process you can check the complete intructions in the user’s manual.

This package is powered by PostgreSQL 8.4, OpenJDK 6, Tomcat 6 and the Apache HTTP Server 2.2.

It’s been a long way and with your help we have improved the stability and overall maturity of the Ubuntu + Openbravo ERP experience. We are excited with new delivery. Enjoy!

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Written by jpabloae

29/04/2010 at 23:59

Openbravo ERP Ubuntu Lucid package available for beta testing

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS is around the corner. It’s the latest and greatest of the Ubuntu releases and it will be ready the 29th of April. It’s a special release, different to the previous Karmic 9.10, Jaunty 9.04 and Intrepid 8.10 releases. In fact it’s the most important Ubuntu release in the last 2 years. Why? The key lies on the LTS term, which is an abbreviation for Long Term Support. In a nutshell, a new LTS version is released every 2 years and it gets longer support for security and maintenance updates and also more testing. This means that it will be the natural choice for those who want to use Ubuntu on a production server for the next 2 years. Openbravo is aware of this fact and we’re getting ready for this.

Now we need your help for getting it fine tuned. Would you like to help out? Great!

We have just released a beta version of the package, so we encourage you to test it and provide us any feedback you find valuable:

  • Tell us what you like about the package.
  • Tell us what you don’t like.
  • Find what you think that could be improved.
  • Anything else you think is important.

Being a beta package, keep in mind these important notes:

  • Do not use it in production environments.
  • The official release of this package is scheduled for the 29th of April.

What’s new on this package? There is a significant change compared to our Karmic release: we have switched to OpenJDK! For those unfamiliar with OpenJDK, it’s a 100% open/free version of the Sun JDK, as well as 100% compatible. Some months ago we foresaw this need and started working to support it.

So how can I test the Openbravo ERP Lucid Lynx package? First you need to get the beta version of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx up and running. You can do this in mainly two ways:

  1. Install Ubuntu on a local machine: your own computer, a local server or a virtual machine.
  2. Run an instance on the Amazon EC2 cloud. Use the official AMIs.

Once this is ready, add our testing repository and install openbravo-erp:

  1. Add our testing repository:
    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys C2F11D81
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openbravo-isv/ppa/ubuntu lucid main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/openbravo-isv/ppa/ubuntu lucid main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
    
  2. Install the openbravo-erp package:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install openbravo-erp
    

You can also use Synaptic or your favourite package management tool.

This is how you can send us your feedback:

This beta testing phase will last four weeks, primarily because our intention is to release our package together with the final version of Lucid. This is your opportunity to test the long awaited Ubuntu release together with the new Openbravo ERP package. And why not, also a good chance get involved in the project!

UPDATE (2010/04/09): the beta2 version of Lucid is out, download links updated.

Written by jpabloae

07/04/2010 at 16:37

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