OpenMRS 1.4 beta released

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OpenMRS 1.4 beta released

OpenMRS 1.4 beta released

Thanks to a big contribution from the Millenium Villages Project and Andreas Kollegger, we now have a richer way of representing concept names. You can read more about this here. Direct any technical questions about this to Andreas, but if you want to know how it works and why we designed it this way, then you should go to Andy Kanter.

So with that big change, we’re drawing a line in the sand and releasing OpenMRS 1.4 beta. You can find that on the pre-releases page.

This is Beta, so expect bugs. I don't recommend that you put this into production use yet. But I’d love it if people install this, try it out, and let me know about any issues that come up. Just create a trac ticket, and cc it to djazayeri. I will be your friendly neighborhood Release Manager for 1.4. One thing: the first time you load this up you will need to go to the Admin screen and run "Update Concept Words". (This will be fixed before the final release.)

So how long until this is ready for production use? Good question. A few releases down the road, we intend to have a more structured QA strategy. But for the moment, testing is going to be ad-hoc. The PIH sites in Rwanda, Malawi, and Lesotho are running this in production now, perhaps unwisely, so we’ll be finding some of the bugs. (In fact we’ve already found and fixed many.) Other testers will find more. Over the next month, as we fix those bugs, we’ll progress to releasing this as a Release Candidate. I’d hope this happens by mid-January, but that’s a wild guess. It could be faster, it could be slower.

-Darius
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