Alfresco Community Edition 201806 GA Release Notes
These release notes provide information for the 201806 GA release of Alfresco Community Edition.
This is the first GA release of Alfresco Community Edition containing the Alfresco Content Repository 6.0. This release contains all fixes completed from the release of Alfresco Content Services through April of 2018, including a number of fixes contributed by the open source community.
This is the Generally Available release of Alfresco Community Edition 6.0. We believe that this release is ready for the GA label because:
It has all the features we expect to add in the 6.0 series of releases, with only a few relatively small new features added since the previous release. We have received positive feedback on the last EA releases suggesting that people are successful with them.
Our release readiness testing team has completed their first testing cycle and hit their first checkpoint adding confidence to the 6.0 release of Enterprise Edition. The Enterprise Edition shares most of its code with this Community Edition release.
Our focus remains on fixing bugs and polishing the product, we expect this to be the only GA release before the Enterprise GA on the 11-July.
If you wish to run Alfresco Community Edition from plain war files, for instance to update an existing system, you can still download the distribution zip file from the Alfresco Community 201806 GA File List.
It is recommended to have at least 4GB of RAM available on the system.
Latest OS patches are always recommended.
Goals for this Release
There are several architectural improvements in the 6.0 family of releases including library upgrades and a new deployment process based on Docker, Kubernetes, and Helm.
In addition to the various improvements we have made since the last release of Alfresco Community Edition, this release includes the third of our disruptive library upgrades which might impact compatibility with releases based on the Alfresco Content Repository 5.2.
The main goal of this release is to get feedback on our new deployment process. You can leave that feedback in comments on this page, or by Reporting an Issue. We are getting closer to a Enterprise GA on the 11-July of the Content Repository.
The source code for the packaging project that is used to create and run docker images and build the distribution zip can be found here.
This release comes with a set of docker images instead of a GUI installer. These docker images produce a deployment that is more closely aligned with production best practices than the previous installers were capable of creating. The docker-compose and helm charts can be found in a separate project acs-community-deployment and for this release the changes were tagged with 6.0.7-ga.
To configure Alfresco Community Edition, it is recommended to add -Dkey=value properties to the JAVA_OPTS environment variable in the docker-compose.yml file. In this GA release, all the data is still stored inside the docker containers. This is sufficient for test and development purposes. For production like environments however, it is recommended to mount locations on the host machine into the containers so that all the data (content store, DB and SOLR indexes) gets stored on the host.
Anonymous usage metrics
No incremental updates since last Alfresco Community Edition 201803 EA Release when we began to send anonymous usage metrics to Alfresco through the heartbeat service. These metrics are sent every 24 hours and include: version information, numbers of users and groups, numbers of models, aspects and types, whether smart folders are enabled or not as well as the JVM total, max and free memory size. On the receiving side, we detect the country where the data is sent from, but we do not store the IP address of reports coming from our open source products.
Alfresco is using this data to better target new features and their prioritisation to actual usage patterns. We also track the adoption of new versions and features in our install base. To see exactly what is being sent, feel free to look at the log output generated by
If you wish to deactivate this data transmission, then you just need to add
to your configuration, either as value in alfresco-global.properties or as part of the JAVA_OPTS environment variable in the docker-compose file.
Biggest upgrade is on Jackson libraries which was upgraded to version 2.9.5
JLan library upgraded to 7.1
FTP support is now disabled by default. Those who want to use it need to activate it manually. This produces a more secure default configuration.
CIFS support is now disabled by default. We recommend not using CIFS, as the protocol has been deprecated by Microsoft due to security vulnerabilities. We expect to remove support for CIFS in the future.
The repository's liveness and readiness probes are provided as a V1 REST API and perform the same action as the 'discovery' API but without authentication or returning any information about the repository other than a status code to indicate if the repository pod has fully started up and that it is still healthy.
REST API Explorer
An updated release of the REST API Explorer (6.0.7-ga) is available onGitHub - rest-api-explorerto navigate the details of the new REST API endpoints. This version includes support to check readiness and liveness of the repository. The readiness probe is normally only used to check repository startup. Liveness probe should then be used to check the repository is still responding to requests.
We released a new version of Share, version 6.0.b which contains a few bug fixes. For further details please consult the list of share issues fixed in this release at the bottom of the page under Issues Addressed.
No incremental updates since Alfresco Community Edition 201802 EA Release.
The latest version of the RM module is 2.7.b but unfortunately is not compatible with Alfresco Content Repository 6.0.x. Compatibility with community release of ACS 6.0.x is our priority for the next release in AGS 3.0.a, additional details are available in the release blog post: Records Management Community 2.7.b.
No incremental updates since Alfresco Community Edition 201702 GA Release.