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Release Notes for OpenCms 6.2 beta
February 9, 2006: This is the public BETA release of OpenCms 6.2. OpenCms 6.2 adds several new and useful features to OpenCms 6.0.
Who should use this 6.2 beta version?
This is a beta version. Please don't expect it to be perfectly stable. Having said that, we believe that 6.2 beta may be stable enough to be used in a production system. If and how you should use this version depends on what your goals are:
When will the "final" release of OpenCms 6.2 be available?
End of March 2006.
You can help speeding up the process of development by providing feedback for this release and the following releases, especially regarding bugs. In case you find any bug, please use the OpenCms bugzilla to document it, or at least post a note to the opencms-dev mailing list. The more feedback and code contributions are made, the faster we can fix the issues and finish the development.
The most important changes the 6.2 beta release compared to the 6.0 version:
Major new features
Support of new database versions
TODO list to be finished before OpenCms 6.2 is released:
OpenCms 6.2 should be highly backward compatible with all 6.0 versions. Certain minor API changes have been made, so some adjustments may have to be done for code that uses more advanced API functions. All Templates should be backward compatible without changes.
To upgrade an existing OpenCms 6.0 to the new 6.2 release, we will provide an upgrade wizard for the final 6.2 release. No wizard is provided for this OpenCms 6.2 beta release.
Compatibility with Java versions, Servlet containers and Databases
OpenCms 6.2 beta requires Java 1.4.x or Java 1.5.x. It won't work with Java 1.3.x. We have tested only with SUNs version of the JDK. However, OpenCms has no dependencies to sun.* packages so it should in theory run with all compliant JVMs.
We have tested this release on the Tomcat servlet engine and to some extend on JBoss 4.0. OpenCms 6.2 beta works "out of the box" with Tomcat 5.0.x and Tomcat 5.5.x. Others have reported deploying 6.0.x versions successfully on other servlet containers like BEA Weblogic and SunONE.
On the database side, we have tested with MySQL 4.0, MySQL 4.1, MySQL 5.0, Oracle 9.x and Oracle 10.x. PostgresSQL support has been contributed thanks to Antonio Core. maxDB support has been contributed thanks to Clovis Wichoski and Fabiano Rech. MS SQL server support has been contributed thanks to Andras Balogh. We still are looking for volunteers to support testing the stability of the PostgreSQL, maxDB and MS SQL server releases.
Regarding version numbers and CVS build tags
In case you want to check out OpenCms from the CVS, please keep the following in mind: The CVS tag for the 6.2 release is "build_6_1_8". Development of the 6.2 version is done in CVS "dev_6_0_1" branch. This branch will be merged to CVS HEAD when the final 6.2 release is available.
How you can help
Contributions to the OpenCms core development are most welcome. Please contact the core development team on the opencms-dev mailing list in case you are interested in supporting the development of OpenCms 6.2.
Please use our Bugzilla to report bugs in this release: http://www.opencms.org/bugzilla/
Thank you for using OpenCms and have fun with OpenCms 6.2 beta :-)
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