V5 - initial impressions

Aim (2008..): This page will cover issues with the very promising v5......

V5 looks interesting indeed, but are (many) issues... check out the foums..

Migrating from v4.2:

  • Update 19.12.08: v4.2 which has got to an interesting maturity, is being ignored more-or-less by Tiny. Refusing bugs, patches and translations for the v4 stable release and just hoping the next release will fix everything is immature in my opinion.
  • Many people have invested time in v4.2, Tiny should hand over the commit to someone who is motivated by v4.2.
  • Migration scripts are not cheap (1500 euros),...
    Having now seen the migration scripts, this are highly specific and would require significant tuning. So I'd recommend starting over new for V5.

Sep'2009: For some performance/scalability testing scripts see http://www.openobject.com/forum/post42822.html (they are in the svn repository).

Accounting:

  • it would have been nice to use Openerp for a small Irish and English organisation, but the Localisation for the UK does not seem refined, or much used. I don't see any consulting offering support either.
  • My own accounting setup (with C2C Swiss localisation) was on v4.2 in Dec'02. Migrating was too painful, so a new V5 installed was started for the 2010 financial year.
  • The V5 accounting has better reports, taxes are more generic and its overall easier to use. But P&L & Balance sheets are still an issue.

[Update 2010.07.25] As an opensource project basically if something is missing one should try and implement it and contribute back to the community. Since I've not been able to do this yet really with openerp, I'm reluctant to criticise strongly.
Commercial software makes (more) money ... so they have the money to employ programmers to make easier to use software... but they don't necessarily listen to their community either
All open software projects have to start somewhere, and its the community that makes the project. Openerp tries to solve complex problems and is at (very) early stages community wise.
(My favourite counter-example is Drupal which has a strong, open, vibrant community tying commercial integrators/developers with volounteers in a way I've never seen before: its a million times more motivating to work on Drupal than Openerp....)