There's also an equivalent effort for the kettle marketplace, but I'll focus on the platform side. The marketplace comes with the released version of Pentaho CE 4.8, available from sourceforge.
ObjectivesThe goals are simple:
- Allow pentaho users to get in contact to what plugins exist
- Provide a very simple way to install/maintain plugins
- Get more users / feedback around existing plugins
- Motivate new community contributions
My hope is even that the marketplace can render ctools-installer obsolete, even if we absolutely plan to maintain it.
How to use itWe've put a lot of effort to make it a straightforward task. Basically run through the UI, and the tasks are what you'd expect
Launch the Marketplace
See the list of available/installed plugins
Check details on specific plugins
Reboot, and you're done
Report any issues you findCan't get any simpler. If you find any issues, please report them
Do you want to contribute your own plugin?Please do! See the instructions on Github for the marketplace-metadata project. As a side note, the Marketplace itself is a plugin, and the code available at github too. You can also get in contact with me or any of the vibrating community that's building this tools.
Installing the Marketplace in a older Pentaho versionEven if you don't have the latest and greatest version of pentaho, you can still benefit from the Marketplace. Just manually download the plugin from CI (choose your favorite flavor, tgz or zip) and drop it in your pentaho-solutions/system directory.
ps: please don't use the comments section for posting issues, use Pentaho forums