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In order to increase the amount of positive feedback that we get from our communities we are introducing a version checker to the Pentaho BI platform.

For information on the benefits to the community and to the software of a version checker please read The Case For Positive Feedback

The Pre-Configured Installation will be the first package that will include the version checker. Our plan is to add the version checker to the design tools and ETL, OLAP and Reporting engines in upcoming releases.


This is our charter for our version checker:


The version checker can be disabled using the standard configuration system:

  • For the Pre-Configured Installation this is done via the pentaho-solutions/system/pentaho.xml file

The version checker can be removed entirely from the software without causing any degradation of any kind.

For information on how to configure the Version Checker in the Pentaho BI platform please read BI Platform Version Checker

No Discrimination

The data collected through the version checker will never be used to discriminate against any group, individual, or field of endeavor.



The purpose of the version checker is to PFE should be clearly stated by the project. This should include a description of how the data will be used and interpreted.

The PFE data should be made available in summarized form to the community that is providing the raw data. The project should also publish their interpretation of the data.

Source Code

The source code for the version checker is available via an http interface into our subversion source code repository. Use these links to view the packages and code:

The source code that integrates the version checker into the Bi platform can be viewed using these links:


The data collected through the version checker will not be used in a manner that violates Pentaho's privacy policy.

James Dixon

Chief Geek, Pentaho 

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