This is the 5th public beta of what will become version 5 when it's confirmed to be all working. There are major new features, pleaase see the ChangeLog for the list.
The installer now supports Debian 8 and 9 as well as all the previous CentOS, RedHat and Ubuntu servers. The fastest way to install ZendTo beta on a new "minimal server install" (with all your organisation's additions and setup if necessary) of any of them is to use the beta installer at the bottom of this page.
The latest betas I believe to be stable are:
However, I strongly advise you to use the beta installer on a fresh system.
Version 4.28-1 has been released as a full production release. There is only currently a new beta version of the Installer available. The beta installer will install 4.28-1, but can now do so on Debian 8 systems as well.
There is a new beta installer available which now works on Debian 8 as well as CentOS, RedHat and Ubuntu. It will install the latest beta release of ZendTo, instead of using the yum/apt repositories. This installer is used the same way as the main one, which is documented below.
Before using the betas, read the latest Change Log to see what has changed. If you are just upgrading your existing rpm/deb installation, I strongly advise you use /opt/zendto/bin/upgrade_preferences_php to upgrade your /opt/zendto/config/preferences.php file.
If upgrading from 4.20 or below, please do read the section of preferences.php about sending e-mail (look for the word "SMTP" in that file). By default it will continue to use an existing sendmail/Postfix setup, but can be easily configured to talk directly to your SMTP server instead. This brings the advantage of pretty HTML email messages if you want them, along with things like TLS encryption and SMTP authentication.
Also make sure you set the value for 'serverRoot' in preferences.php. Without this, it cannot send reminder emails with correct links in them. If you do not adjust this value, it will attempt to guess the correct value.
The latest betas I believe to be stable are:
Instead of the old VM images, I have written an installer which will automate (almost!) the entire process is installing ZendTo on to a blank server installation.
It talks to you along the way, asks if you want to do each of the 8 steps, and asks you to confirm the odd question or two. It pauses quite a bit so you can see what it's doing, giving you the chance to stop it temporarily (Ctrl-S) to read what it's done before you continue (Ctrl-Q).
It is also modular, so you can run each of the 8 parts alone; you may want to do this when, for example, there is an update to PHP5 and you want to just rebuild PHP with "big uploads" support.
The parts are:
I have tested the installer on:
There are 2 things the installer does not currently do:
The other main new features of interest are:
You can download the new installer now. Then just unpack it and run it as root with
tar xzf install-beta.ZendTo.tgz cd install.ZendTo ./install.sh
If you look inside its Ubuntu-Debian or CentOS-RedHat directories, you will see the 8 stages. The main install.sh will ask you whether you want to run each stage and will walk you through what it is doing. Feel free to pause (Ctrl-S) or stop it (Ctrl-C) at any time; if you stop it you can just re-run it. Each of the 8 stages can be run independently at any time by just running that particular stage number's script.
There is 1 command-line option that can be used on either install.sh or any its stages: "--defaults" tells the installer to just use the default values it suggests, and not to pause long at any point. It will run entirely unattended.
After you have installed the package (or just updated to the new rpm/deb/tgz package), you will find the new upgrader for preferences.php in /opt/zendto/bin/upgrade_preferences_php. Run it on its own (after installing/upgrading to the new version) and it will show you how to use it. It will automatically copy all your old preferences.php settings into a new file, while keeping your comments, extra "define"s you may have added, and such like.
For those who are not installing on a new system, but just want to upgrade their existing ZendTo to the new code, the package files are all available here:
The file at http://zend.to/files/ZendTo-Version-Beta will tell you the latest beta version number.
Please do tell me what you think of this upgrade, and in particular the new installer. Please report all bugs, issues, suggestions and so on.