Following Liferay's official versioning scheme, this release is Liferay Portal 6.2 CE GA2. The internal version number is 6.2.1 (i.e. the first update release of 6.2). Future CE releases of 6.2 will be designated GA3, GA4, .. and so on (assuming they are needed to fix issues, which is not always the case). See below for upgrade instructions from 6.2 CE GA1, 6.1.x, 6.0.x, and 5.x.
You can find the 6.2 CE GA2 release on the usual downloads page. If you need additional files (for example, the source code, or dependency libraries), visit the additional files page.
As Liferay is an open source project, many of you will want to get at its guts. The source is available as a zip archive on the downloads page, or in its source code repository on Github. Many community contributions went into this release, and hopefully many more in future releases! If you're interested in contributing, take a look at our contribution page.
What's New / Changed?
This update fixes many issues, but here are some of the more important and/or popular ones that you may be interested in:
The Liferay Documentation Team has been continuously adding and improving on the official documentation. This includes updated javadoc and related reference documentation, an updated User Guide and Developer Guide, and a new properties listing in convenient web page form. Our community has been instrumental in identifying the areas of improvement, and we are constantly updating the documentation to fill in any gaps.
Also, Liferay recently published the official support matrix for 6.1 and 6.2, which lists the exact versions of software that Liferay is supported with. You no longer have to wonder which exact version of GNU Hurd you can run Liferay on (Hint: The Hurd is not supported :) ).
Most Liferay-authored plugins were updated to support 6.2 GA1 when it was first released, and remain compatible with this updated GA2 release.
If you are a Marketplace Developer, and have authored a 6.2 CE GA1-compatible app, you should ensure your app continues to work with this 6.2 CE GA2 release. It is Liferay's aim to remain compatible within a given release family, so in the unlikely event that your app works with GA1 but NOT GA2, you will need to make any necessary changes and re-submit, and let the Marketplace team know about any incompatibilities you discovered. Chances are you will have nothing to do (since you declared compatibility with
6.2.0+, which includes 6.2.1).
Also, Marketplace developers should be sure to check out the new Marketplace Developer Portal, and get access to a one-stop shop of resources for... well, you get the idea. It's for app developers. Go there and learn.
As always, the project continues to use issues.liferay.com to report and manage bug and feature requests. If you believe you have encountered a bug in the new release (shocking, I know), please be cognizant of the bug reporting standards and report your issue on issues.liferay.com, selecting the 6.2.1 CE GA2 release as the value for the Affects Version/s field.
Good news for those of you on 6.0 or prior! Liferay introduced the seamless upgrade feature with Liferay 6.1. Seamless upgrades allow Liferay to be upgraded more easily. In most cases, pointing the latest version of Liferay to the database of the older version is enough. There are some caveats though, so be sure to check out the Upgrading Liferay chapter of the Liferay User Guide for more detail on upgrading to this release.
Support for Liferay 6.2 CE comes from the wonderful and active community, from which Liferay itself was nurtured into the enterprise offering it is today. Please visit the community pages to find out more about the myriad avenues through which you can get your questions answered.
Liferay and its worldwide partner network also provides services, support, training, and consulting around Liferay via its Enterprise Subscription.
Also note that customers on existing releases such as 6.0 and 6.1 continue to be professionally supported, and the documentation, source, and other ancillary data about these releases will remain in place.
Of course we in the Liferay Community are interested in your take on the new features in Liferay 6.2 and the updates in this GA2 release. Work has already begun on the next evolution of Liferay, based on user feedback and community ideas. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved, visit the Liferay Community pages and dig in.
This release was produced by Liferay's worldwide portal engineering team, and involved many hours of development, testing, writing documentation, translating, testing some more, and working with the wider Liferay community of customers, partners, and open source developers to incorporate all sorts of contributions, both big and small. We are glad you have chosen to use Liferay, and hope that it meets or exceeds your expectations!
In addition to Liferay's engineering staff, a special thanks goes to the many open source developers who volunteered their time and energy to help with the release, whether it was bugfixing, idea generation, documentation, translations, testing, or other contribution that helped to improve this release. Check out the Community Contributor Hall of Fame and be sure to thank them if you run across them in the community!