Koozali SME Server 10 Alpha 5 Release Notes
These are draft only and are in a constant state of update.
18 June 2020
The Koozali SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 10 Alpha 5 which will be the next major release of SME Server.
This release is based on CentOS 7. CentOS 7.# has an EOL of 30 June 2024.
Koozali SME Server users should not upgrade production servers to this release but those who can are encouraged to load the alpha to a dedicated test machine and take part in the testing phase.
Some notes on Koozali SME Server 10 can be found at https://wiki.contribs.org/SME_Server_10.0_Development
Bug reports and reports of potential bugs should be raised in the bug tracker (and only there, please);
We run a Rocket Chat instance where we discuss development among other things. It is closed to general registration, but please ask for a login in the forums. Anyone can come and talk to us and find out to how to help test.
The Koozali SME Server project
The Koozali Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that governs the open source Koozali SME Server project. Koozali SME Server is a stable, secure and easy to use/manage linux server that provides common server functionalities out of the box. Many open source contributions are available that can extend the default server functionality making Koozali SME Server an even more powerful and flexible business server solution. Thousands of Koozali SME Severs have been deployed as real or virtual servers and in the cloud to serve many small to medium enterprises, and this number is growing day by day. The Koozali SME Server is free to use but it takes a lot of effort and money to develop, make, and maintain. We therefore ask you for your considerations.
Koozali Foundation Inc. together with its community hosted at https://contribs.org is a collaborative effort of volunteers. You too can contribute to the development and continuity of the Koozali SME Server project as described on our volunteering page. Everybody is welcome to join the already 4000+ member contribs.org community and can contribute with any skill set.
You can also show your support by making financial donations. The preferred way to make financial donations is using the donate option in the forums. You are free to choose any amount and frequency, being monthly, yearly or only once. The benefit of donating through your forums account is that your forum user name will receive a badge, showing your donation status. If you do not have a forum account, you can create one, or select the below PayPal option to make your donations.
Organizations that use Koozali SME Server for their business, provide professional services related to SME Server or in any other way benefit commercially from the Koozali SME Server project, are kindly requested to consider regular financial donations that reflect their business benefits.
Koozali Foundation Inc. is happy to supply an invoice for any donations received. For more information on invoicing please send a mail to email@example.com.
Thank you for your considerations and support!
You can download SME Server 10 from https://mirror.koozali.org/smeserver/releases/testing/10/ or for other methods see https://wiki.koozali.org/SME_Server:Download
Please note it may take up to 48 hours for mirrors to finish syncing, during this time you may experience problems.
About SME Server
SME Server is the leading Linux distribution for small and medium enterprises. SME Server is brought to you by Koozali Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation that exists to provide marketing and legal support for SME Server.
SME Server is freely available under the GNU General Public License and is only possible through the efforts of the SME Server community.
However, the availability and quality of SME Server is dependent on meeting our expenses, such as hosting costs, server hardware, etc.
As such, we ask for a donation to offset costs and fund further development.
a) If you are a school, a church, a non-profit organisation or an individual using SME Server for private purposes, we would appreciate you to contribute within your means toward the costs associated with hosting, maintenance and development.
b) If you are a company or an integrator and you are deploying SME Server in the course of your work to generate revenue, we expect you to make a donation commensurate with the level of revenue you generate and the number of servers your have in the field. Please, help the project
Please visit https://wiki.koozali.org/Donate to donate.
Koozali Inc is happy to supply an invoice for any donations received, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
In-place upgrades are not supported. It is necessary to backup and then restore. (Remember, testing purpose only)
The spare handling for RAID arrays is not implemented as yet.
USB installs are now supported, see: https://wiki.koozali.org/Install_From_USB
Netinstall is now fully supported
Install to a UEFI system is now fully supported
Handling of USB drives for back anbd restore from the console is now resolved.
Current installer is still branded CentOS. A kickstart script allows you to go through the graphical installation process. If your disk is not empty, you will need to use the Anaconda interface to format it and partition it. If it is empty all is automatic. You will have to set your root password during the Koozali SME server configuration process.
Major changes in this release
This release is based on CentOS 7
Changes in this release
See full Release Notes - Release Notes Koozali SME10 Alpha 5
General features - Based on CentOS 7.8.# and all available updates
On behalf of the Koozali SME Server development team - Compilation of release data is thanks to Ian Wells and Jean Phillipe Pialasse