These release notes provide information for the 201609 Early Access release of Alfresco Community Edition.
Early access releases are intended for interested parties to test new features, provide feedback, and collaborate on development. This release is not meant to replace the previous generally available release.
Care should be taken when upgrading from any previous version of Alfresco Community Edition. Backup your Alfresco alf_data directory and database before upgrading, and read the documentation.
The Alfresco supplied installers will install all you need to run Alfresco on your machine; which includes JDK, Tomcat, SOLR, and LibreOffice. It also includes interfaces and extensions such as Share, the Google Docs integration, and the AOS module.
JVM memory defaults to half system memory, minimum of 2GB.
Latest OS patches are always recommended.
The repository must be switched from jBPM to Activiti before upgrading to 5.1 from previous releases (see 'Feature Removals', below).
Goals for this Release
Most of the work for the 5.2 Alfresco Platform is focused on building a new set of REST APIs. These new APIs are experimental and likely to change, so they require us to label this release as an Early Access build. We are looking forward to feedback on how the APIs are structured and how they function. This release also contains bug fixes, a few new features in Alfresco Share, and an upgrade to Records Management.
We plan to continue with monthly EA release while we move toward our next major release of Alfresco One. It is currently undecided whether that release will be called Alfresco One 5.2, or whether we will give it a different name.
These APIs are browse-able in the REST API Explorer v1.2 (GitHub - alfresco-rest-api-explorer) to navigate the details. This is included in the SDK, or can be installed by adding the WAR to your Alfresco install and configuring CORS.
Flexible Site Dashboards
Site Managers now have greater control over the features within their sites. See SHA-1394.
Optional Site Dashboards: Site Managers can customize a site and remove the Site Dashboard when it is not required
Home page configuration: a Site Manager can pick any Site feature to be the initial page that will be displayed to visitors
Easy Site Deletion
Site Managers can now easily delete a site directly from the site configuration options drop-down menu. See SHA-325.
Live Search in the current Site
Users can restrict the Live Search results to display only the results from the site they are in, the selection is carried through to the full search results page. See SHA-1521.
Activities Dashlet uses Group Name
The Site Activities Dashlet now displays the group name instead of the group ID. See SHA-1593.
The 2.5.a release of Records Management includes bug fixes, architectural improvements, and a new testing framework. Specifically:
This release concludes the architectural changes started in 2.4 to build the Enterprise RM module on top of the Community Edition core, overlaid with a small number of proprietary features to enable easy administration in large organizations.
The team still needs to separate the Enterprise tests from the Community tests so that the tests can be included in the public repository.
This release contains all bug fixes since the Community Edition 5.0.d release.
The issues addressed specifically in this release are available in JIRA projects for the components of this release. Please look at the previous 5.1 releases to get a complete list of issues addressed since the previous GA release (5.0.d). Note that JIRA behaves inconsistently with these queries when you are not logged in.
ALF: All fixes to Alfresco requested by the open source community were copied to another project to get assigned to a team.
ACE: Improvements to Alfresco requested by product management.
MNT: Fixes to Alfresco requested by customers (many are private).
SHA: there were no changes in the Share project for this release, they were done in MNT.