Obtaining Plone


You can't walk into a store and buy a copy of Plone off the shelf. Plone is open source and freely distributed, so the best place to go for obtaining current versions of Plone is the Downloads section of the Plone website, at http://www.plone.org/download. Here you will find prepackages installers , released source code, and instructions on accessing prerelease source code from the CVS repository.


If you are experienced in installing pre-release snapshots, feel free to use the CVS repository. However, sticking to the official customer releases is the best way to go for the novice user, or even for the advanced user who doesn't want to deal with the esoteric bugs and other issues that untested snapshots sometimes produce.

The bundled installers are definitely the way to go. They make life especially easy for Windows and Mac OS X users: The wizard-based interface can get you up and running in 15 minutes or less. With these installers come the following components (in addition to Plone itself):

  • Python 2.1.3. Win32 extensions are included in the Windows install.

  • Python Imaging Library (PIL) 1.1.3, used in conjunction with CMFPhoto to manipulate images.

  • Zope 2.6.1.

  • Zope Controller 1.0.

  • Content Management Framework (CMF) 1.3.1.

  • CMF Collector 0.9b, a bug-tracking system.

  • ReportLab 1.15, for the creation of PDFs with Python.

  • CMF Quick Installer, used to install additional Zope-based products.

  • CMF Wiki 0.1.

  • CMF Photo, which enables you to view and resize image files within your Plone site.

  • CMF Forum, used to create a simple bulletin board within Plone. It also forms the base of the commenting system for documents and other content items.

  • External Editor 0.6, which enables you to edit objects and content.

  • Zope Book 2.5.

  • Localizer, which assists you in translating core elements of Plone into multiple languages.

  • Placeless Translation Service, which provides ready-made templates for standard Zope and Plone elements. It works in conjunction with Localizer.

The version numbers referenced here are for installation of Plone 2.0.3, the current release at the time of writing. Your specific Plone version might be different by the time you read this book, as will the items bundled with the installer.

Linux/Unix users have a variety of options, based on their distribution type. For example, Red Hat/Mandrake/SuSE users can obtain RPMs of required elements, while Debian users can use apt-get . All Linux/Unix users can build elements from the source code, although the RPM or apt-get method is most common.

Plone Content Management Essentials
Plone Content Management Essentials
ISBN: 0672326876
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 107
Authors: Julie Meloni

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