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|Original author(s)||Fabien Pinckaers|
|Developer(s)||Odoo S.A., Community|
|Initial release||February 2005|
12.0 / October 3, 2018
|Operating system||Linux, Unix-like, OS X, Windows, iOS, Android|
|Type||ERP, CRM, Accounting, CMS, E-commerce|
|License||"Community" version: GNU Lesser General Public License v3|
"Enterprise" version: Proprietary license
The Community version is the open source version, while the Enterprise version supplements the Community edition with commercial features and services.
The source code for the OpenObject framework and core ERP (enterprise resource planning) modules is curated by the Belgium-based Odoo S.A. The last stable product release was version 12, on 3 October 2018, with Community Edition under AGPLv3, and Enterprise Edition, under a proprietary license.
Source code model
From inception, Odoo S.A / OpenERP S.A have released software as open source but starting with the V9.0 release, the company has transitioned to an open core model, which provides subscription-based proprietary enterprise software and cloud-hosted software as a service, and a cut-down community version.
Community & network
In 2013, the not-for-profit Odoo Community Association  was formed to promote the widespread use of Odoo and to support the collaborative development of Odoo features. This organisation has over 150 members who are a mix of individuals and organisations. However, there are over 20,000 people that contribute to the Odoo community.
Odoo S.A. switched its focus from being a service company to focus more on software publishing and the SaaS business. Customized programming, support, and other services, are provided by an active global community and a network of over 700 official partners and integrators.
Apps / Modules / components
The prime benefit of Odoo is its extensible architecture. A large number of freelancers and organizations develop Odoo Apps or Modules and place them in the marketplace for sale or to be downloaded for free. The main Odoo components are the OpenObject framework, about 30 core modules (also called official modules) and more than 5000 community modules. Most Odoo modules are available in Odoo S.A's marketplace where community could buy or download many modules for free. As per 9 July 2018, 15759 Apps or modules were found on the marketplace in different categories. Most modules are served in all active versions of 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0.
Odoo has been used as a component of university courses, and it became a compulsory subject for the baccalaureate in France, just like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. A study on experiential learning suggested that Odoo (then known as OpenERP) provides a suitable alternative to proprietary systems to supplement teaching.
Odoo also offers a completely free programme called Odoo Education, which allows teachers and/or students to create an Odoo database for academic purposes.
Books & publications
Software & architecture
The three last LTS versions are supported in parallel. This means that when a new LTS version is released, an older version reaches its end-of-life and is not supported any more. As an example, 10.0 LTS will be supported along with 11.0 LTS and 12.0 LTS, but it will reach end-of-life when 13.0 LTS is released.
In 2005, Fabien Pinckaers, the founder and current CEO of Odoo, started to develop his first software product, TinyERP. Three years later, the name was changed to OpenERP. The company started to evolve quickly and in 2010, OpenERP had become a 100+ employee company.
In 2013, the company won a Deloitte award for being that fastest growing company in Belgium, with 1549% growth over a five-year period.
In 2014, OpenERP moved beyond the boundaries of traditional ERP players and the company was renamed Odoo, a name without restrictions, to allow the company to grow in whichever direction. In 2015, Inc. Magazine placed Odoo in the top 5000 fastest-growing private companies in Europe.
Awards and recognition
Odoo has received several recognitions; before changing its name, it received awards as OpenERP including Trends Gazelle, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award and the Infoworld's BOSSIE Award 2013. After changing its name to Odoo, it won consecutive BOSSIE Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
TG Daily - 10 Best Open Source Software in 2017, 20th March 2017.
|Program name||Version||Release date||Significant changes||Software license|
|Tiny ERP||1.0||February 2005||First release||GNU GPL|
|2.0||May 2005||GNU GPL|
|3.0||September 2005||GNU GPL|
|4.0||December 2006||GNU GPL|
|OpenERP||5.0||April 2009||GNU GPL|
|6.0||January 2011||First web client||GNU AGPL|
|6.1||February 2012||First Ajax web client, discontinued GTK client||GNU AGPL|
|7.0||December 22, 2012||Improved web client and usability||GNU AGPL|
|Odoo||8.0||September 18, 2014||Revamped Inventory and WMS, Support for CMS: Website builder, e-commerce, point of sale and business intelligence||GNU AGPL|
|9.0||October 1, 2015||Revamped Accounting features, Odoo Community split from Odoo Enterprise ||GNU LGPL v3|
|10.0||October 5, 2016||Revamped Manufacturing features||GNU LGPL v3|
|11.0||October 5, 2017 ||Studio, Revamped Services Support, Revamped Reporting, moved to Python 3 ||GNU LGPL v3|
|12.0||October 3, 2018||Document Management, IoT-devices, multi-website. ||GNU LGPL v3|
|13.0||(planned for October, 2019)||GNU LGPL v3|
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