SugarCRM 6.2: How our community helped make it happen

sugarcrmdevelopers —  June 10, 2011 — Leave a comment

We last week announced the general availability of the Sugar 6 Spring Release ( also known as Sugar 6.2 ). This release came with some pretty impressive changes to the core product, added mobile and integration features, as well as the new Corporate and Ultimate editions, and much much more.

Sugar 6.2 also marks the first release where we’ve begun to integrate development from our partner and community developers back into the main product. While we’ve always been open to contributions to the product, we begun a concentrated effort over the last 9 months to make it part of our culture. We’ve begun opening up our development process to our partner developers, holding two successful code sprints that has enabled us to more easily indentify and resolve the problems coming up out in the field. And we’ve begun to extend this out to the community at large as well, bringing their expertise back into the fold and giving them the opportunity to help shape our future. These steps are just the beginning of a long term vision to help grow the community, and make it stronger and more beneficial to everyone involved.

As for Sugar 6.2, here’s a small snapshot of how the community made it happen.

  • A few features contributed by our community, namely:
    • Auto-refreshing of dashlets ( thanks to Jason Eggers ( eggsurplus ) )
    • Removing the hardcoding of the maximum number of tabs that can be show ( thanks to Cedric Mourizard of Synolia )
    • Add a favorites filter for the Activity Stream ( thanks to Cedric Mourizard of Synolia )
  • Over 50 bug fixes contributed by our partner and community developers
  • Nearly 20 bug fixes reported from the community during our beta and RC cycles that have been addressed in the GA version

I want to extend a big thank you to everyone in the community who has participated in this release. You are the reason why SugarCRM is the success it is today!

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