[OOTB-hive] Addons for the distro

Jeff Potts jeffpotts01 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 14:49:38 GMT 2014


How "permanent" is the decision to include a particular add-on in the
distro? Or, put another way, what is the impact on future distro releases?
For example, if we decide to include a particular add-on, and then it is
later made obsolete or redundant by functionality that Alfresco puts into
the core, are we going to end up "supporting" something that is no longer
needed? The model designer is what triggered this thought, but of course
that is just one example.


On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM, Martin Cosgrave <martin at ocretail.com>

> Hi All
> As you know we are trying to do two things around the addons space for
> Alfresco
> One is to select a list of addons which we will curate as "bee-approved"
> addons.
> The second, which I want to discuss now, is the much smaller list of
> addons which we will try to build into our distribution of Alfresco.
> We have had some discussions about this already but it is something that
> everyone involved in the Order might have a useful opinion on, so I'd like
> to ask everyone now to come up with ideas about what we should include in
> the bee build.
> I think that the javascript console has been almost universally mentioned
> whenever this is discussed. Another suggestion was the "unzip" action.
> Personally I would like to see the model designer addon:
> http://addons.alfresco.com/addons/becpg-model-designer-alfresco -
> actually I have not been able to get this to work myself but I spoke to one
> of the developers at Summit and he is keen to get the addon in front of
> more community members, so we can probably get him to work directly on it
> to make it work with our distro. If it works well for building models
> within share, then I think it would be a great addon for the bee distro.
> This looks like an interesting new addon too: http://addons.alfresco.com/
> addons/alfresco-inboxes - it looks like it might be something like a
> "poor man's record management" or like the "active folders" concept that
> John Newton spoke about at Summit.
> So what ideas do you all have? It would be great if we could be guided by
> the concept of making a more easy to use/customise/configure product, i.e.
> more runtime/gui config along with less backend customisation. If our
> target market is those organisations who could use Alfresco but could not
> afford to buy Enterprise, then we should recognise that those organisations
> also cannot afford much in the way of development resource to customise the
> product.
> Thanking you in advance for your suggestions.
> Martin
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