Friday, 22 May 2009

Openbravo POS 2.30 released

After more than two months of the release of Openbravo POS 2.30 beta, finally Openbravo POS 2.30 is released. The changes from 2.30 beta to 2.30 has been only bug fixing and product stabilization. No new functionalities has been included. To show in numbers what we did since 2.30 beta. We fixed 66 bugs reported in the issues reporting tool and we did 90 change sets in the SCM repository. Now this release is published in production ready status. This means the following:
  • We recommend new implementation projects to start with this release.
  • We recommend existing production deployments to upgrade to this release.
  • An upgrade path is available from earlier releases to 2.30.
If you want to know about the new functionalities created from 2.20 and the most convenient package to download for your platform, I suggest you to read the Release notes of Openbravo POS 2.30, but I want to highlight the most important features introduced in 2.30:
  • The PDA restaurant module. This feature will allow users to take orders, browse products and manage tables using a mobile device. More information in the PDA module installation guide.
  • Product attributes. With this new feature products can have attributes like size, color, serial number, etc. More information in the Products attributes guide.
  • ERP-POS synchronization. A new architecture for the Openbravo ERP and POS synchronization. More information in the Openbravo POS and ERP integration guide.
Another improvement done from the engineering point of view, has been the movement of the source code management system (SCM) from Subversion to Mercurial. Mercurial is a distributed SCM designed for efficient handling of very large projects. Mercurial gives Openbravo POS developers several benefits based on its distributed nature like to allow to work productively even when not connected to a network, and make it easier to do merges between different Mercurial repositories. You can view a summary of the repositories in the Openbravo POS repositories list.

And last but not least, there is now a Professional Subscription for Openbravo POS 2.30. This is the recommended option for commercial deployment of Openbravo POS, and includes professional support from the development team, access to certified automated updates and upgrades, lifecycle guarantee, bug fixing guarantee, and IP indemnification.