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Release Notes for OpenCms 6.2.0
March 29, 2006: This is the public final release of OpenCms 6.2.0. OpenCms 6.2 is a major
upgrade which adds several new and useful features to OpenCms 6.0. It has been in public beta
testing for several weeks and can be considered stable.
Whats new in version 6.2 compared to the 6.0 version:
Major new features
Resolved Issues compared to the 6.2 beta release
Support of new database versions
We recommend everyone who uses an earlier version of OpenCms to update to this 6.2.0 release. In case you are using one of the previous versions (OpenCms 6.0.x or 6.2 beta), there have been a lot of issues fixed in this final 6.2.0 release. If you still use OpenCms 5.0.x, you should definitely consider an update since the 6.2 version is much more advanced and stable.
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.x or 6.2 beta to the new 6.2.0 final release, an easy
to use upgrade wizard is provided.
Compatibility with Java versions, Servlet containers and Databases
OpenCms 6.2 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 works "out of the box" with Tomcat 5.0.x and Tomcat 5.5.x. Others have reported deploying 6.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 and Ivan Codarin. 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_2_0". Development of further releases will be done in the CVS HEAD until further notice. Upcoming development version will use the version numbers 6.3.x and will be likewise tagged in the CVS.
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:
Thank you for using OpenCms and have fun with OpenCms 6.2 :-)
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