Koha Newsletter: Volume 2/Issue 7: July 2011

Official Koha Newsletter (ISSN 2153-8328)
Volume 2, Issue 7: July 2011

Table of Contents


Koha Developments

Koha 3.4.3 Available
by Chris Nighswonger

It is with pleasure that I announce the release of Koha 3.4.3.

The package can be retrieved from:


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




Release notes for 3.4.3 are below the fold.

Come and get it!

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SolR for Koha
by Paul Poulain

BibLibre is working hard for months to implement a new search engine for Koha: solR. Two french libraries have partially sponsored the work. One of them is now live with Koha/solR : the Limoges public library. The OPAC can be seen here: http://catalogue.bm-limoges.fr

If you search for something (in french please 😉 ), like “histoire contemporaine”, you’ll see some changes in the facets : what is “faceted” is chosen by the library through the Koha admin module. On the right of each facet the number of records using this facet is displayed (and is correct).

Other new features in Koha with solR search engine can be seen only in the admin interface, or when digging the code. For example you can define the indexes through the admin module (no need to update cryptic configuration files)

If you want to have a look at the code, you can see the code in our solr branch: http://git.biblibre.com/?p=koha;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/dev/solr Note it’s based on HTML::Template, not Template::Toolkit. Also note that Zebra support is broken, but the code should be modular enough to have it reintroduced. We thought/found it was better to almost completely rewrite the search engine part to make it modular than to try to add solR support over zebra-related code.

When will it be available in official Koha? As soon as possible. Can we estimate how much time? It won’t be in 3.6 probably, it’s too much work. So you’ll have to wait for the 2012-april or even the 2012-oct version.

Koha Community

New Spanish Community Site
by Tomás Cohen Arazi

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Spanish-speaking community’s Koha portal. You will find in it the translated official announcements and several resources and news related to the Spanish-speaking Koha community.

We hope to get your feedback and support to make this site full of relevant information for the community.

The address: http://es.koha-community.org

Halfway to Koha 3.6
by Chris Cormack

We have hit the halfway mark, for the release of the 3.6.0 feature release. 3.4.3 was just released. I just had a thought, that perhaps there are some people who aren’t sure how releases for Koha work. So I’ll do a brief summary.

We work on a time based release cycle. All code is developed in the open, from multiple developers all around the world. This code is separated into adding new features, and fixing bugs. New features are released ever six months, these are the x.x.0 releases, (3.2.0, 3.4.0, 3.6.0 etc). But every month we release a bugfix release also, these are the 3.4.1, 3.4.2 etc releases.

So 3.4.0 was release April 22, 3.6.0 will be release October 22. 3.4.3 will be released July 22. So the 22nd of each month is an important date in the Koha world.

Read more.

Seeking Newsletter Editor
by Nicole C. Engard

This will be my last issue as Koha Newsletter editor. The community is seeking a new editor to take over for the August issue and continue at least through December 2012. That will be a 1.5 year term (as mine has been). If you would like to volunteer please do so at the next Koha meeting or place your proposal on the agenda if you cannot attend the meeting.

Koha Events

Global Sign Off Day
by Magnus Enger

The next Global Bug Squashing and Sign Off Day will be the 8th of August (in all timezones). Learn more on the Koha wiki.

KohaCon12 Hosting Proposals Being Accepted
by Magnus Enger

So far there is one proposal, from software.coop in the UK: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Proposals_for_KohaCon12

Want to be a host for KohaCon12? Better add yourself to that page!

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

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