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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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  1. Blogger Andrew | 12/09/2007 10:57 AM |  

    Thanks so much for this article! I had the same problem with writing to /etc/environment, as I'm new to Linux I didn't know about sudo nano - it saved me! I now have a working installation! Slow but working. I think Openbravo have quite a way to go to make this a really user friendly application.

  2. Blogger Chris | 1/29/2008 10:36 PM |  

    Hi there, I installed Openbravo and faced the same problem: documentation. Did you find useful sites re customization, importing etc? Very interested to find anything! Interesting to hear you thoughts on it re alternatives ie SAP. You dont think it would be a viable alternative? It certainly looks quite complex.

  3. Blogger Fidel Herrera Reyes | 8/29/2008 1:03 PM |  

    Well I did my install a week ago, and I'm learning a lot from openbravo the install was a learning experience but with a time I overcame all problems., I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 with Postgresql ans I used the new installation guide that recently came out, and using copy and paste on the command line it work just right with the exception of an event that was saying about not having privilege..I did a chmod 777 to it and no problem after that...so far I think is an excellent product and the fact that it can connect to an open source Point Of Sale is a big plus for me...if you want to learn more send me an e mail to fidel_91709atyahoo.com, and I will be happy to assist in your install

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