April 18th, 2012
After months of testing and bug crunching – thank you all who installed from SVN and reported bugs and patches! – Three weeks ago at Kaltura DevConnect, we launched the shiny new version of Kaltura CE, aka Eagle, version 5.0.
The Kaltura CE 5.0 release notes include all major new features and a list of issues that were pushed to next release.
This CE release brings the following highlights -
Testing infrastructure – the release has a built in testing infrastructure to test Kaltura server and API’s! Stay tuned as we’ll explain how to set it up and use it.
A new Users Roles and Permissions model.
Many new additions to the Admin Console.
Improved Content Distribution module.
New and improved model for Creating Kaltura Server Plugins.
- Improved installation process.
- Two packages – Download Here.
Rackspace and Amazon images are coming soon!
Join the thread about migration steps and help make upgrading Kaltura easy and possible.
We recommend using CentOS 5.6 and above.
If you’d like to test Kaltura without installing CE, start your free trial here.
December 23rd, 2011
This post assumes you have a working Kaltura CE 4.0 server. To easily install CE4 check out “How to setup Kaltura CE 4.0 VMWare image in 15 minutes“.
Welcome to the second video tutorial in our video posts series on installing and using Kaltura CE 4.0.
In this post, we show how to use a webcam to capture video using the Kaltura Contribution Wizard in CE 4 and the open source Red5 media server. As always we try to keep the knowledge and steps as general as we can so the guide will fit any Kaltura installation (VMWare, Cloud, Install, On Prem, etc.).
Note, that different Linux distributions (Debian or Fedora) behave differently and often use different commands. While the below installation steps are the same, the specific commands may vary between distros (for example, in CentOS we use yum to install packages, while in Ubuntu the command will most likely be apt-get).
This video tutorial will guide you through installation of the Red5server and its configuration in Kaltura CE 4.0 for enabling webcam recording.
- Red5 Installation and Webcam Support
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December 7th, 2011
Various forum threads (@, @, @) discussed issues with the VMWare image of Kaltura CE 4.0. The following video tutorial will guide you how to install Kaltura CE 4.0 VMWare image in 15 minutes.
In the video we deliberately re-created most of the problems users encountered while setting up the VMWare image. The fixes mentioned in this video also apply to the generic Kaltura Server installation and are not specific to the VMWare image installation (We’ll make sure that in the next release these are simplified and fixed).
Two problems that the video solves particularly are the logs and cache folder permissions and the Sphinx localhost issue.
Now set your clocks, follow the video and in 15 minutes you’ll be good to go.
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CE 4.0 VMWare Image Setup Video Tutorial
November 28th, 2011
Often when we speak to both community members and potential commercial clients we get questions about our business model.
These questions range from the classic:
“If you are open source, how do you make money,” to the more skeptical, “How can you charge for any of your services or code if you are open source.”
Indeed, the open source business model landscape is complex. The genesis of open source projects (be they community, foundation, or privately funded) is as varied as the models that many OS companies use to monetize their code.
Kaltura is unique in that we are one of a limited set of companies who launched an open source project in parallel to a commercial business. We are also using both a dual licensing model as well as a SAAS offering to grow the commercial side of our business. Yet, the model we are using is rooted in a tradition carved by many a famous open source company before us.
Given the amount of confusion in the market, both within the Kaltura community and among developers more generally, we started a series on Open Technology Blog to clarify the landscape of open source business models and the emerging “commercial open source” licensing model used by increasing numbers of startups.
These posts lay out the basics, but we hope you find them helpful. And if you think of other companies we should add to our categorizations, please do add in the comments!
October 22nd, 2011
This post discusses the high-level folder structure of the Kaltura core server. Developers, IT and engineers who maintains Kaltura are invited to join the discussion below and ask questions regarding best practices or maintenance.
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June 27th, 2011
It’s been only a month since we rolled out our latest open source offering, Kaltura Community Edition 4 (CE4), and we’re pleased to announce that now, thanks to our partnership with Rackspace, you can make a CE4 server appear in your Rackspace cloud account with just a few simple mouse clicks.
Using our same simple form we mentioned a few weeks back, you can easily launch CE4 or CE3 on Rackspace. CE3 is launched on 64-bit Ubuntu 10.4 and CE4 on 64-bit CentOS 5.6. CE4 is based on the current version of our SaaS and has most of the same bells and whistles.
You can find the link to our updated form in our CE4 on Rackspace installation guide.
June 2nd, 2011
Kaltura has an expansive and popular SaaS (Software as a Service) offering that lets our customers host and manage hundreds of thousands of videos, images, audio files, and documents. But one of our major competitive advantages is that we offer self-hosted versions of our media platform as well.
Our popular, totally free, open source Community Edition has been downloaded over 100,000 times and is hosted on sites, both large and small, around the world.
Hosting media (especially video) can be complicated, but our new partnership with Rackspace makes it easier than ever to get Kaltura’s self-hosted media platform up and running in your Rackspace Cloud account.
We’ve built upon the Rackspace Cloud Server API, so that all you have to do is submit a simple web form and an Ubuntu 10.4 Linux server with Kaltura’s Community Edition pre-installed will spin up in your Rackspace Cloud Server account.
To try out Kaltura with your Rackspace Cloud account, just put your username and API key into our handy form (you can find your API key in your Rackspace Cloud management console. Login to your Rackspace Cloud account and go to the “Your Account” tab, and then to the “API Access” tab).
Click here to get started with your Kaltura CE Image on the Rackspace cloud!
After your server spins up, you just need to take a few simple steps to finish installing Kaltura.
Kaltura on the Rackspace Cloud is a win-win partnership that adds value for all of our mutual customers.
May 27th, 2011
The “Dragonfly” edition of Kaltura Community Edition 4 (CE4) is hot off the presses and ready to install on your own Linux server. Most of the features of our Dragonfly SaaS release are now available for your deployment pleasure in one handy gzipped downloadable [click here to download it now].
Enhanced user roles and permissions, content distribution (syndication) with batch workflow, HTML5 mobile enhancements, and improved thumbnail management are included. CE4 also has one developer feature that you won’t find in our SaaS. The UIConf Management Tool, which is accessible via the Admin Console, makes it easy to manage and apply changes to Flash widgets and components.
Editing UIconfs with the UIConf Management Tool
Like Community Edition 3, CE4 is targeted at 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. So far, CE4 has only been tested on CentOS 5.6 (64-bit). Prerequisites and installation are also similar to CE3 [click here to browse the installation documentation].
For a complete list of limitations and issues with the CE4 release, please read the release notes. As always, you can discuss CE4 in our Community Edition Forum and file bug reports in our bug database.
We will release a VMware image of CE4 next week. Amazon EC2 images and other installation options will show up soon.