Koha Newsletter: Volume 2/Issue 6: June 2011

Official Koha Newsletter (ISSN 2153-8328)
Volume 2, Issue 6: June 2011

Table of Contents


Koha Developments

Koha 3.2.10 Available
by Chris Nighswonger

Note: This is potentially the final release of the 3.2.x branch. Please act accordingly with new implementations and upgrades.

The package can be retrieved from:


You can use the following checksum and signature files to verify the download:




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Koha 3.4.2 Coming Soon
by Chris Nighswonger

The monthly 3.4.x release is a few days behind schedule. As of 0000 UTC 20 June 2011, 3.4.x is in a string freeze. 27 June 2011 will be the date of the 3.4.2 release. At this point the only patches that touch strings which will be accepted are blocker and security fixes. Non-string patches will still be applied up to the date of the release.


Koha Community

Koha website: Announcing the Comments Policy
by MJ Ray

The Koha website now has a comments policy. The policy is described at http://koha-community.org/about/comments-policy/ It basically summarises the recent practice and adds a suggestion that people should appeal to a general meeting if there is a dispute.

What Colour Am I?
by Brooke Johnson

Chris Cormack world renowned SLS strikes again. This time, he brought us a very cool bug visualisation.


We know we’re well behind on signoffs if we’re in the red. As I wrote this, thanks to Global Sign Off Day, I’m looking at a glorious yellow 46.

It was wonderful to watch how motivational this was. Developers threw down just to get the colour to change and the number to decrease.

Wouldn’t this be neat as a widget?

Wiki Open For Contributors Again
by MJ Ray

The Koha wiki is one of the simplest places for users to collaborate on documentation about Koha, how to use it, how it’s been used and a lot of other topics.

The wiki can send out email again now, which means that new contributors can register and actually validate their email address, which means they can edit pages.

If you registered during the recent problems, please visit http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Special:Preferences to log in and request a new validation email.

If you would like to register, please visit http://wiki.koha-community.org/w/index.php?title=Special:OpenIDLogin with your social media account from WordPress, Livejournal, Yahoo, Google or any other OpenID-enabled site, or http://wiki.koha-community.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&type=signup to register with an email address.

Please help us improve the documentation by registering with the wiki and editing some pages.


Koha Events

Global Sign Off Day 15.06.2011
by Brooke Johnson

How great are our developers? Wonderful, of course! Magnus Enger, Katrin Fischer, and Chris Cormack proved once again that cool things happen on IRC!

07:36 magnuse maybe we should declare a global signing off day before summer?
(drawn from http://stats.workbuffer.org/irclog/koha/2011-06-07)

and just days later, it happened. 22 lovely bug contestants were sent on through to the next stage, including a critical and a major. Alas, 7 failed QA, but they’ll be back for our second chance round after a retool.

For a blow by blow description, visit the wiki: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Global_sign_off_day,_2011-06-15

We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s help. Thank you all. This is a great example of just how quickly things can progress when folks get together and roll up their sleeves.

Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te tangata.

Symposium Koha – Lyon (France) 2011
by Pascale Nalon, president of KohaLa association

University libraries of Lyon 2, Lyon 3 and Saint-Etienne (together representing approximately 80,000 students and 900,000 items) have switched from their proprietary software to Koha in 2010-2011. In this context of re-computerization, the third Koha symposium was organized by University Lyon 2 for May 26 and 27.

During the two days, 130 participants from public or private libraries joined conferences about open source and open data, the history of Koha, the experience of Inter-Universities, cooperation for implementation of Koha in libraries, work reorganization and other workshops (Birt and JasperReports, SQL, XSLT, install party).

These conferences and workshops hosted by french companies providing services around Koha and other softwares (Progilone, Tamil and Biblibre) and some librarians of different institutions. Students of “CoLibre”, bachelor of communication and open source software, participated to the organisation.

The new thing about this symposium, was the presence of open source exhibitors (free music, associations promoting Open Source and enterprises).

Articles, videos and podcasts are available online.

Koha General Meeting: 6 July 2011
by MJ Ray

There will be a general meeting in the #koha IRC channel (IRC server irc.oftc.net) on 6 July 2011 at 10:00 UTC+0. As well as discussing the future development of the Koha software, it will also consider when to end free support for the 3.2 version (it will remain available, but no new releases will be made) and discuss the Koha Conferences.

You can read the agenda and register your intentions or apologies at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/General_IRC_Meeting,_6_July_2011.



Newsletter edited by Nicole C. Engard, Koha Documentation Manager.

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