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Subject:

Official Koha Newsletter : Volume 2, Issue 7: July 2011

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Nicole Engard <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:32:52 -0400

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Below is the text of the newsletter, for active links please visit the
Koha site: http://koha-community.org/koha-newsletter-volume-2issue-7-july-2011/

Official Koha Newsletter (ISSN 2153-8328)
Volume 2, Issue 7: July 2011
Table of Contents

    Koha Developments
        Koha 3.4.3 Available
        SolR for Koha
    Koha Community
        New Spanish Community Site
        Half Way to Koha 3.6
        Seeking Newsletter Editor
    Koha Events
        Global Sign Off Day
        KohaCon12 Hosting Proposals Being Accepted


Koha Developments


Koha 3.4.3 Available
by Chris Nighswonger

It is with pleasure that I announce the release of Koha 3.4.3.

The package can be retrieved from:

http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.04.03.tar.gz

You can use the following checksum and signature files to verify the download:

http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.04.03.tar.gz.MD5

http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.04.03.tar.gz.MD5.asc

http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.04.03.tar.gz.sig

Release notes for 3.4.3 are below the fold.

Come and get it!

Continue reading “Koha 3.4.3 is now available” »


SolR for Koha
by Paul Poulain

BibLibre is working hard for months to implement a new search engine
for Koha: solR. Two french libraries have partially sponsored the
work. One of them is now live with Koha/solR : the Limoges public
library. The OPAC can be seen here: http://catalogue.bm-limoges.fr

If you search for something (in french please ;-) ), like “histoire
contemporaine”, you’ll see some changes in the facets : what is
“faceted” is chosen by the library through the Koha admin module. On
the right of each facet the number of records using this facet is
displayed (and is correct).

Other new features in Koha with solR search engine can be seen only in
the admin interface, or when digging the code. For example you can
define the indexes through the admin module (no need to update cryptic
configuration files)

If you want to have a look at the code, you can see the code in our
solr branch: http://git.biblibre.com/?p=koha;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/dev/solr
Note it’s based on HTML::Template, not Template::Toolkit. Also note
that Zebra support is broken, but the code should be modular enough to
have it reintroduced. We thought/found it was better to almost
completely rewrite the search engine part to make it modular than to
try to add solR support over zebra-related code.

When will it be available in official Koha? As soon as possible. Can
we estimate how much time? It won’t be in 3.6 probably, it’s too much
work. So you’ll have to wait for the 2012-april or even the 2012-oct
version.


Koha Community


New Spanish Community Site
by Tomás Cohen Arazi

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Spanish-speaking
community’s Koha portal. You will find in it the translated official
announcements and several resources and news related to the
Spanish-speaking Koha community.

We hope to get your feedback and support to make this site full of
relevant information for the community.

The address: http://es.koha-community.org


Halfway to Koha 3.6
by Chris Cormack

We have hit the halfway mark, for the release of the 3.6.0 feature
release. 3.4.3 was just released. I just had a thought, that perhaps
there are some people who aren’t sure how releases for Koha work. So
I’ll do a brief summary.

We work on a time based release cycle. All code is developed in the
open, from multiple developers all around the world. This code is
separated into adding new features, and fixing bugs. New features are
released ever six months, these are the x.x.0 releases, (3.2.0, 3.4.0,
3.6.0 etc). But every month we release a bugfix release also, these
are the 3.4.1, 3.4.2 etc releases.

So 3.4.0 was release April 22, 3.6.0 will be release October 22. 3.4.3
will be released July 22. So the 22nd of each month is an important
date in the Koha world.

Read more.


Seeking Newsletter Editor
by Nicole C. Engard

This will be my last issue as Koha Newsletter editor. The community is
seeking a new editor to take over for the August issue and continue at
least through December 2012. That will be a 1.5 year term (as mine has
been). If you would like to volunteer please do so at the next Koha
meeting or place your proposal on the agenda if you cannot attend the
meeting.


Koha Events


Global Sign Off Day
by Magnus Enger

The next Global Bug Squashing and Sign Off Day will be the 8th of
August (in all timezones). Learn more on the Koha wiki.


KohaCon12 Hosting Proposals Being Accepted
by Magnus Enger

    Deadline for proposals: 1st September 2011.

    Deadline for voting: 1st October 2011.
http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Category:KohaCon12

So far there is one proposal, from software.coop in the UK:
http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Proposals_for_KohaCon12

Want to be a host for KohaCon12? Better add yourself to that page!



Newsletter edited by Nicole C. Engard, Koha Documentation Manager.

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