Release Engineering at Openbravo

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 lucid partner"
    sudo add-apt-repository "deb-src 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!


Written by jpabloae

29/04/2010 at 23:59

7 Responses

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  1. The ubuntu and openbravo combination is great.
    It works perfect!

    I enjoy it.. :)

    Ihsan Faisal

    05/05/2010 at 10:52

    • Thanks, I’m glad you like it. Let me you know if you have any suggestions.


      05/05/2010 at 14:29

  2. Hi, this is great. Installation is very easy. However can I easily upgrade this to a Prof Subscription including the web console for backup and restore? Or do I need to install SMB from sources?
    Regards, Jan Hendrik


    10/05/2010 at 14:32

    • Hi Jan,

      It’s nice to see the installation barrier lowered.

      Right now, in 2.50, there are 2 separate products:

      * Professional ERP: it can be activated in any Openbravo ERP system. And also in your Ubuntu installation.

      * Additional professional tools, like the backup management interface. But right now this is included in the Cloud Appliance only, not in the Ubuntu package. Not that we don’t want to, but there are some limitations that don’t allow us to include it right now.

      We have plans of bundling the backup tool into the ERP itself, I would say that it will be ready for the last quarter of the year.

      But right now the Ubuntu package does not include a backup management web interface, this is part of the Cloud Appliance.

      Until then backups can be done in Ubuntu of course, but it would have to be through a Cron job or by using third party open source tools like Bacula. I’ll be happy to guide you in this process if you want to, through a support ticket.

      Juan Pablo


      10/05/2010 at 15:06

  3. Hi
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS seems nice.
    I’m currently translating Openbravo ERP 2.50 MP14 running on Ubuntu 9.10. I have done many setups in Ubuntu and Openbravo.

    Do you think that upgrading my Ubuntu to 10.4LTS is a good idea? If the most setups can survive, I think I should do.

    I appreciate your suggestions very much.

    Kengaku, Satoru

    Kengaku, Satoru

    13/05/2010 at 06:39

    • Hi Kengaru,

      The package for 9.10 and 10.04 is extremely similar, except for the fact that in 10.04 it uses OpenJDK instead of Sun-JDK.

      Version 9.10 will be supported until April 2011, and 10.04 until April 2015. So if you are using Openbravo ERP for development or translations only, there’s no need to upgrade for you yet, unless you are curious to use the latest Ubuntu. At some point you’ll have to upgrade, before April 2011.

      On the other hand if you are running it on a production server then 10.04 is highly recommended, precisely because it will be supported for a much longer period of time and it gets more focus on stability.


      14/05/2010 at 17:16

      • Thanks a lot for your feedback. I got you.
        I am managing so called “the three landscapes”, development, QA and production.
        So far I have been using MS Virtual PC 2007, but my preliminary trial turns out that Ubuntu 10.04LTS simple doesn’t work with either MS Virtual PC 2007 or the latest Windows Virtual PC. Hence, I will be testing other virtualization environment like VMWare.

        Thanks again
        Kengaku, Satoru

        Kengaku, Satoru

        15/05/2010 at 11:51

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