I’ve been very keen and interested on Alfresco for some time now, but haven’t had any opportunity to use it in real life untill now. My intention is to use Alfresco as a workgroup-service for a small team that needs to work distributed around the world – and sometimes at the same office. At the office people can and will use CIFS-share that Alfresco conveniently provides, but while outside the office they can still access the files through Alfresco web interface even without VPN. If they have VPN, they have also CIFS-access. For partners and other relevant parties we can give own spaces in Alfresco, and allow them to connect to it through the internet. Simple and extremely powerfull, considering that Alfresco also has extremely powerfull metadata and search tools that are a huge plus compared to a normal samba share!
Yesterday and today I spent some time installing and tweaking Alfresco on Centos 5, and have to say that I am impressed how well the community and Alfresco ( the company ) has documented everything relevant relating to the installation on wiki.alfresco.com. I’ll be posting on my own additions, since the instructions are not totally complete – but rather you need to find the bits and pieces from different documents.
At the moment I have Alfresco running on Centos 5 packaged Tomcat 5 on JDK 6, storing content on mysql. Next steps will be to configure openoffice to be ran on headless mode to support indexing of office documents and integration of Mediawiki into Alfresco.
So far I’m really impressed how well Centos behaves and how well Google finds guides and tips, when you get to an deadend or don’t remember how something was configured on Redhat based distributions. As I’m trying to use mainly Ubuntu on desktop, I do need to keep in mind the differences on these two flavours of distributions.