These release notes provide information for the 201702 GA release of Alfresco Community Edition.
This is the next Generally Available release of Alfresco Community Edition containing the Alfresco Content Repository 5.2 and Alfresco Share 5.2.
This release is focused on fixing bugs and polishing the product. As we near the release of our commercial products based on Alfresco 5.2, we are evaluating when we will return to new development. There is likely to be at least one more bug fix release before we launch new initiatives that will destabilize the code base. We expect that bug fix release to be in April, after which we will continue with monthly releases.
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.
Goals for this Release
Our focus while developing Alfresco Community Edition 5.2 has been to strengthen Alfresco as a content platform by building a new set of REST APIs that are used by the Alfresco Application Development Framework. This release builds on last month's Community Edition GA release. This release contains bug fixes and library upgrades with focus on improving stability rather than adding new features.
We believe that this release is ready for the GA label because:
It has all of the features we expect to add in the 5.2 series of releases.
We have received positive feedback on the last few releases suggesting that people are successful with them.
Our testing team has hit their second checkpoint of thorough testing of the 5.2.0 release of Enterprise Edition, which shares most of its code with this Community Edition release.
There is an upgrade path from this release to an Early Access release of Alfresco Enterprise Edition 5.2.0.
Please report issues with this release in the issue tracker. You can collaborate on this release by using the discussion tools in this social community. Other feedback can be provided by emailing email@example.com.
Notes on Specific Release Components
Solr4 is included as the default search provider in this release. Interested administrators can download and configure Alfresco Search Services which includes Solr6.
Records Management: We identified some incompatibilities between Records Management and the 5.2 series of Share and Repository releases, and therefore we removed the RM module from this release. We expect to have a compatible version of the Records Management Module available at the end of February 2017.
Alfresco SDK: We are working on releasing a version of the Alfresco SDK that is compatible with the 5.2 series of Share and Repository releases.
Notable New Features in this Release
As a Generally Available release, the focus of this release has been on stability and not on new features.
You will see some new branding in the product. This is a step in preparing new branding for a future release of our Enterprise products. This will affect some artifact naming, log messages, error messages and administration screens.
Bug fixes only.
No incremental updates since last month's Alfresco Community Edition 201701 GA Release. The notes for the previous community release are here.
Bug fixes only
We provide an Early Access release of an Alfresco Java Client SDK which contains a Java lib project to easily consume Alfresco Public REST APIs. It includes a set of APIs that allows developers to quickly build Alfresco-enabled Java & Android applications:
alfresco-platform-5.2.f.warcontains version 5.2.f (build r135134-b14).
alfresco-5.2.f.warcontains version 5.2.f(buildre21f2be5-b22).
alfresco-share-services-5.2.e.amp contains version 5.2.e.
share-5.2.e.war contains version 5.2.e.
alfresco-solr-5.2.d.war contains version 5.2.d.
Prerequisites for Manual Install
DB: MySQL 5.6 or PostgreSQL 9.4.4
App Server: Tomcat 7
Java Version: JDK 8
This release contains all bug fixes since the Alfresco 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: Improvements to Alfresco requested by open source collaborators. Most issues are linked 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: Improvements to Alfresco Share.
REPO: Improvements to the Alfresco Content Repository.
AKU: Improvements to the Aikau UI library used by Share and other interfaces.
RM: Changes to Records Management.
SEARCH: Fixes to Search and Discover
Important fixes in this GA release:
MNT-17113: Preview not updated after new versions, AOS and manual upload. Issue contains a patch.
ACE-5753: CMIS browser binding root URL is broken.
ACE-5748: Hibernate errors: Unusable connection proxy was constructed. (Could not be reproduced)
REPO-1818: alfresco-platform-distribution POM for 5.2.d / 201612 GA includes incorrect version for Share artifacts.
The Alfresco Records Management Module is known to not be compatible with Alfresco Repository 5.2 and Alfresco Share 5.2. We expect to have a compatible version of the Records Management Module available at the end of February 2017.
The Alfresco SDK compatible with the Alfresco 5.2 series of releases is still under development.
Though publicly available, the documentation is still under development. It is particularly missing information about Alfresco Search Services and Solr6.
The Alfresco Support Tools section of the Repository Administration Console is not yet localized.