Installation and Initial Setup¶
Installing OpenERP under Windows or Linux to get familiar with the software should take you only half an hour or so and needs only a couple of operations.
The first operation is to install the application and database server on a server PC (that is a Windows or Linux or Macintosh computer).
You have a choice of approaches for the second operation: either use standard web clients that can be found on anybody’s PC, or install application clients on each intended user’s PC.
When you first install OpenERP, you will set up a database containing a little functionality and some demonstration data to test the installation.
Renaming from Tiny ERP to OpenERP
Tiny ERP was renamed to OpenERP early in 2008 so anyone who has used Tiny ERP should be equally at home with OpenERP. Both names refer to the same software, so there is no functional difference between versions 4.2.X of OpenERP and 4.2.X of Tiny ERP. This book applies to versions of OpenERP from 6.1.0 onwards, with references to earlier versions from time to time.
The SaaS, or “on-demand”, offer
SaaS (Software as a Service) is delivered by a hosting supplier and paid in the form of a monthly subscription that includes hardware (servers), system maintenance, provision of hosting services, and support.
You can get a month’s free trial on OpenERP’s http://www.openerp.com/online, which enables you to get started quickly without incurring costs for integration or for buying computer systems. Many of OpenERP’s partner companies will access this, and some may offer their own similar service.
This service should be particularly useful to small companies that just want to get going quickly and at low cost. It gives you immediate access to an integrated management system that has been built on the type of enterprise architecture used in banks and other large organizations. OpenERP is that system, and is described in detail throughout this book.
Whether you want to test OpenERP or to put it into full production, you have at least three starting points:
- no need to install OpenERP, you can test it through http://demo.openerp.com,
- evaluate it on line at http://www.openerp.com and ask OpenERP for a SaaS trial hosted at http://ondemand.openerp.com, or the equivalent service at any of OpenERP’s partner companies,
- install it on your own computers to test it in your company’s system environment.
There are some differences between installing OpenERP on Windows and on Linux systems, but once installed, both systems offer the same functionality so you will not generally be able to tell which type of server you are using.
Linux, Windows, Mac
Although this book deals only with installation on Windows and Linux systems, the same versions are also available for Macintosh on the official website of OpenERP.
Websites for OpenERP
The procedure for installing OpenERP will change and improve with each new version, so you should always check each release’s documentation – both packaged with the release and on the website – for exact installation procedures.
Once you have completed this installation, create and set up a database to confirm that your OpenERP installation is working. You can follow earlier chapters in this part of the book to achieve this.
- The architecture of OpenERP
- The Installation of OpenERP
- Independent Installation on Windows
- Installation on Linux (Ubuntu)
- Database Creation
- New OpenERP functionality