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README

LibrePlan
=========


Description
-----------

*LibrePlan* is a free software web application for project management,
monitoring and control.

*LibrePlan* is a collaborative tool to plan, monitor and control projects and
has a rich web interface which provides a desktop alike user experience. All the
team members can take part in the planning and this makes possible to have a
real-time planning.

It was designed thinking on a scenario where multiple projects and resources
interact to carry out the work inside a company. Besides, it makes possible
the communication with other company tools providing a wide set of web
services to import and export data.


Features
~~~~~~~~

* Resource management:

  * Two type of resources: machines and workers.
  * Flexible calendars easily reusable.
  * Resource configuration based on skills and roles.

* Planning:

  * Simple way to configure and estimate the work to plan. It is carried out
    through Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) [1]_.
  * Different detail levels during the planning.
  * Two ways to allocate resources:

    * Specific allocation: Concrete individuals.
    * Assisted generic allocation: Based on skills and roles fulfilled by the
      resources.

  * Templates to reuse work. Projects can be created based on templates for
    repeatable tasks being able to save time.

  * Automatic resource reallocation in order to minimize overload (overtime).

  * Advanced allocation. Manual configuration of daily work hours on a task
    when automatic allocation does not suit your needs.

  * Monte Carlo method. Statistical simulation to calculate the possibility to
    complete a project in a range of dates.

* Projects control and monitoring:

  * Company global analysis.

  * Earned Value Management [2]_. Project management method to objectively
    measure progress and performance of a project.

  * Planning quality management. It is possible to control quality of the tasks
    to be performed through forms.

  * Projects cost analysis.

  * Reported hours: worked hours are assigned to each task to track costs during
    the planning

  * Progress measurement through different unit types.

* Outsourcing

  LibrePlan provides support for companies that do outsourcing:

  * Project tasks can be outsourced and sent to the LibrePlan installation of
    the supplier.

  * You can receive progress notifications of the subcontractors to know how
    outsourced tasks are evolving .

* Other features:

  * Materials. You can manage the materials that planned tasks need to be
    carried out.

  * Complete users system with permissions, LDAP authentication, etc.


Requirements
------------

* *JRE 6* - Java Runtime Environment

  Project depends on Java 6 and JRE is needed in order to run it

* *PostgreSQL* - Object-relational SQL database

  A database server is needed. You could use *PostgreSQL* or *MySQL* as you
  prefer.

* *Tomcat 6* - Servlet and JSP engine

  Server to deploy the application. You could use *Jetty* instead.

* *JDBC Driver* - Java database (JDBC) driver for PostgreSQL

  To connect application with *PostgreSQL* database in *Tomcat*

* *GNU FreeFont* - Freefont Serif, Sans and Mono Truetype fonts

  Font family used in reports

* *CutyCapt* - Utility to capture WebKit's rendering of a web page

  Required for printing

* *Xvfb* - Virtual Framebuffer 'fake' X server

  Used by CutyCapt for printing

See ``INSTALL`` file for installation instructions.

See ``HACKING`` file for compilation requirements and instructions.


Availability
------------

The cutting-edge version of this project is always available from the Git
repository at http://libreplan.git.sourceforge.net/.

Released versions are available at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/libreplan/files/.


Webpage
-------

You can find more information about *LibrePlan* at
http://www.libreplan.com/.

For information related with *LibrePlan* development you can visit the wiki at
http://wiki.libreplan.org/.


Reporting bugs
--------------

Please use the bug tracker to report bugs at http://bugs.libreplan.org/.


License
-------

*LibrePlan* is released under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public
License version 3 [3]_.

Please read the ``COPYING`` file for details.


Authors
-------

This project is sponsored by *Fundación para o Fomento da Calidade Industrial e
o Desenvolvemento Tecnolóxico de Galicia* [4]_.

Please see ``AUTHORS`` file for more information about the authors.



.. [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_Breakdown_Structure
.. [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earned_Value_Management
.. [3] http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/agpl.html
.. [4] http://www.fundacioncalidade.org/
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