OpenMFG Releases New Tools to Open Source Community

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Version 2 of OpenRPT Report Writer, OpenMFG.org Collaboration Website Freely Available.

OpenMFG, the leading provider of open source-based enterprise solutions for small manufacturers and distributors, today announced two new initiatives to support the global open source community.

The first, a new community website at http://www.OpenMFG.org, offers mail, forums, blogs, a fully public bug tracker, expanded documentation, and downloads. The site is powered by Drupal, an open source content management system, and the Mantis open source bug tracker. OpenMFG has made several enhancements to Drupal and Mantis, including integrating the two projects and expanding support for the PostgreSQL open source database, and will be contributing all those enhancements back to the open source community. The site is free and open to all; registered users (including anyone who has registered for an OpenMFG software download over the past several years) have access to enhanced services.

OpenMFG is also releasing version 2 of OpenRPT, a cross-platform GUI report designer and server-side rendering engine, available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Version 2 adds a number of new features, including generic ODBC database connectivity (in addition to the standard PostgreSQL support), and native print-to-PDF capability on all platforms. It is the first version of OpenRPT built with Qt 4.1, the next generation of Trolltech’s open source framework for C++. OpenRPT 2.0 is available for download at http://www.OpenRPT.com and via the SourceForge open source hosting site.

“OpenMFG has built its reputation as a different kind of software vendor, sharing a great deal of information about its product, pricing, and business plans,” said Ned Lilly, OpenMFG president and CEO. “We see this expanded website as the next step in that process – and hope that it will be useful not only for our current community of partners and customers, but also for the tens of thousands of manufacturing and technology professionals who are evaluating OpenMFG as a solution for their business.”

The company’s flagship product is an advanced ERP software solution built with open source components, such as the Linux operating system, the PostgreSQL database, and the OpenRPT report writer. Available OpenMFG modules include Inventory Management, Product Definition and Costing, Work Order Management, Master Scheduling and MRP, Capacity Planning, Purchase Order Management, Sales Order Management, Shipping and Receiving, Sales Analysis, Project Management, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and a full General Ledger.

Under the company’s innovative hybrid license, customers and partners have full access to the application source code, and any enhancements made to the product flow back to OpenMFG for review, quality testing, and possible incorporation into the baseline product.

About OpenMFG

OpenMFG, LLC develops next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) software applications powered by open source software such as Linux, PostgreSQL, and Qt. OpenMFG products give companies visibility into costs, supply chains, processes, inventory and financial operations with a lower cost of ownership than competing products, and are sold to end-user customers through a network of value added partners throughout North America. For more information, please visit the company Web site at http://www.openmfg.com.

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