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PostBooks 2.2.0b3 general release

The PostBooks project is pleased to announce the beta3 release of version 2.2. This is our first widely available release on SourceForge after announcing the project at OSCON last week, and we're really looking forward to community feedback.

PostBooks is a fully open source accounting, ERP, and CRM system that shares a code base with the OpenMFG commercial product. It's released and managed by xTuple, the new name for the company formerly known as OpenMFG. For details on the company, and the differences between PostBooks and OpenMFG, please see www.xtuple.com.

PostBooks is a client-server system, with a rich GUI client built with Qt, and most of the business logic in the PostgreSQL database (in the pl/pgsql procedural language). Below is a quick start guide to getting started with PostBooks.

There are three packages in the PostBooks project - GUIclient, databases, and docs. The GUIclient package contains binaries for Linux, Mac, and Windows, as well as client source code. The databases package contains PostgreSQL database dumps (.backup files) that you restore into a clean PostgreSQL database, as well as some more detailed instructions on database setup. The docs package contains two ZIP files - some developer-oriented documentation, and the full application User Guide.

Here are the basic steps to getting up and running with PostBooks:

1. Install and configure a PostgreSQL database. (For more information, see the INSTALL.TXT file in the PostBooks-databases package.)

2. Setup a basic PostgreSQL user and group.

3. Create a new PostgreSQL database and then restore a PostBooks database schema into it. There are currently two starter schemas to choose from:

* empty.backup - This is an empty database with no data, but all the tables and structures created.

* quickstart.backup - This database contains a basic Chart of Accounts and also the Account Assignments required to run the full range of transactions. Recommended unless you're very familiar with the application.

4. Start the pre-compiled PostBooks binary and connect to your database. (For login options and other instructions, please see the User Guide, in the PostBooks-docs package.)

--OR--

4a. Compile the binary yourself using the PostBooks source code. (For instructions on compiling PostBooks from source, please see the Developer Guide documentation, in the PostBooks-docs package.)

Thanks for your interest in PostBooks! Please come visit us at www.postbooks.org!

Posted by Ned Lilly 2007-07-31