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2.0.1 Release  

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Welcome to the Sakai Release page for version 2.0.1


Download Windows Mac OSX / *nix
Demo The Sakai Demo is a pre-built Sakai with Tomcat 5.5.9 and a demo configuration, perfect for a quick and easy demo of Sakai. 
  • Note: Demo uses an in-memory database; do not use it for any large scale evaluation or production.
Source The Sakai Source is all the Sakai source code from this release.  Start from Source if you plan to customize your Sakai system.
Binary The Sakai Binary is a pre-built Sakai without the Tomcat or configuration. Download the Binary release if you want to just drop Sakai into a pre-existing Tomcat environment.

Overview of System Requirements

Sakai is Java-based, and can therefore run on a wide variety of platforms.  The specific platforms against which Sakai 2.0.1 has been tested are:
Functional Test (Software Functionality) Deployment Test (Installation and Configuration)
  • Solaris/HSQLDB
  • Solaris/MySQL
  • Solaris/Oracle 10g
  • Linux/HSQLDB
  • Linux/MySQL
  • Linux/Oracle 10g
  • Solaris/HSQLDB
  • Solaris/MySQL
  • Solaris/Oracle 9i (10g driver)
  • Mac OS 10.4 Tiger/MySQL
  • WinXP/MySQL

The basic underlying requirements for a successful deployment of Sakai 2.0.1 are:
Supporting Technology Notes Recommended versions

While it is possible to run Sakai 2.0 with Java 1.5, some errors and problematic behavior have been reported, and until further testing is done Java 1.5 is therefore not recommended for production.

Tomcat Although Tomcat is not the only available web container, it is highly recommended and the documentation assumes Tomcat use.

Tomcat 5.5 is the required version, but Tomcat 5.5 requires a compatibility patch in order to run with Java 1.4. This compatibility patch is also available from the Tomcat download page.


Compatibility patch

Maven Maven is the build tool used to deploy the source code, and is therefore not strictly necessary if all you're going to do is install a Demo with the default configuration, but it will be essential for a production deployment. Latest stable version (currently 1.0.2)
Database Sakai uses HSQLDB as its "out of the box" database, requiring no special installation steps to set up, but this database is not recommended for any level of production deployment.  Both MySQL and Oracle are currently supported by Sakai 2.0, but setting them up to serve as Sakai's back end will require additional configuration (see the Documentation).

MySQL 4.1 (with connector 3.1.10)


Oracle 9i+ (with 10g connector)

*See the Documentation for more details on these requirements and configuration information
Hardware note: There are as yet no firm hardware recommendations.  Sakai should run on an ordinary laptop for demo purposes, but at least 1GB of memory is recommended for Sakai to run smoothly for multiple users, while a typical production environment for an institution will involve multiple clustered application servers.
Browser note:  There isn't an officially supported list, but we can say that Sakai works well with Firefox (on all platforms), IE 6.0 and Netscape 7.1+ (on Windows).  Browsers which may have issues (particularly with the WYSIWYG editor) include: Safari, IE for the Mac, Opera, Camino, and Netscape 7.0 or older.


HTML Guides
In The Releases See the readme files packaged in the releases:
  • In the demo, they are in the root directory.
  • In the source and binary releases, they are in the /docs folder.
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Support Docs JavaDocs and TagLibDocs are available on-line:

Release Notes

Release notes for this release are here:
Issues remaining in this release are documented here:

Getting the Latest Source Code

Sakai is using Subversion. You can browse the code for this release using this URL:
The same URL can be used with an SVN client to check out the code:
  • svn co

The Sakai development trunk is located here:

Issue Tracking

The Sakai Project feature requests and bug reports are available from our Jira system:


Sakai Confluence is for members of the Sakai community to share their Sakai experience:


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