These release notes provide information for the 201606 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 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
After completing the development work for Alfresco One Enterprise Edition 5.1, we started new development for the 5.2 Alfresco Platform. The focus of this effort is 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 from the Alfresco One Enterprise 5.1.1 service pack. Because the Alfresco Share build only contains bug fixes, it can probably be deployed on top of the previous Generally Available release in order to benefit from those fixes without interfering with future upgrades. We believe this will work, but have not exhaustively tested a configuration of 201605 GA with the Share 5.1.g from this release.
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.
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.