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Openbravo R2.34

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Managed a successful install of Openbravo on my spare hardware (Athlon 2500+ 512MB RAM 80GB HDD Ubuntu 7.10). Well, not that successful, but it wouldn't need me to install if it's so easy anyway. Will post some pics tomorrow, as my Openbravo is in a totally screwed up condition right now, due to my itchy fingers. I reckon that reinstallation is needed.

Anyway, what I basically did was to follow the instructions here (http://wiki.openbravo.com/wiki/index.php/Openbravo_Command_Line_Installation) on a clean install of Ubuntu 7.10, with some minor changes of course. In the case of "echo" commands, I kept getting bash error saying that permission denied for /etc/environment and /etc/profile. To solve the problems, I keyed in "sudo nano /etc/environment", and added in the few lines manually, similarly for /etc/profile.

One important thing to take note is that the default username is Openbravo, password openbravo. Case sensitive. These are not the ones that the installation interface asked during installation, aka name and password of administrator. I've got no idea on why they asked that since there's no use.

The ERP runs fine on Tomcat, normally, with occasional exceptions. Another thing I don't understand is why the default entity name is Big Bazaar. I mean, better ways could be used, such as creating an empty database, and allow the administrator to create entity on the first login. Creating of users is simply too tedious with the default "Big Bazaar" entity, and undocumented processes.

Since I've only been with the software for less than an hour, I shouldn't say anything on the functionalities. However, at this stage, I don't see any possibility that Openbravo can compete with SAP or Peoplesoft. It lacks the basic requirements of any operational firm - stability, availability of documentation, and ease of use.

Not everyone understands Spanish, and while I understand that Openbravo tries hard to sell its training video, it just shouldn't compromise on the quality of documentation. I'll see if I have anything to write tomorrow.

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