The open source platform thrives on participation and cooperation. There are several communication channels available where you can get in contact with the community including blogs, forums, IRC and the Pentaho Community Mailing List.
With Pentaho Marketplace you can easily download and install plugins developed by the Pentaho Community, extending the capabilities of your Pentaho platform.
Pentaho's modern, simplified, and interactive approach empowers business users to access, discover and blend any data types regardless of their size. With a full spectrum of increasingly advanced analytics tools, from basic reports to predictive modeling, users can help themselves to analyze and visualize data across multiple measures and dimensions without being dependent on IT.
Pentaho’s Data Integration, also known as Kettle, delivers powerful extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) capabilities. You can use this stand-alone application to visually design transformations and jobs that extract your existing data and make them available for easy reporting and analysis.
How to get PDI up and running
The Report Designer is a graphical tool that generates reports from data streamed through the Data Integration engine without the need for any intermediate staging tables. You can output your reports in several formats, includingPDF, Excel, HTML, rich-text-file, XML. and CSV.
The Aggregation Designer provides a simple interface that allows you to create and deploy aggregate tables to improve the performance of your Pentaho Analysis (Mondrian) OLAP cubes.
The Schema Workbench is a visual design interface that allows you to create and test Mondrian OLAP cube schemas. You can present your data multi-dimensionally and let users select which dimensions and measures to explore, interactively drilling into cross-tabulating data.
Pentaho uses an abstraction layer to facilitate supporting a broad set of Hadoop distributions and version updates. The plugins which enable compatibility with a specific distribution are called /shims/. Use the link below to get a list of the currently support distributions and versions.
Pentaho does not ship all available shims with the product and we generally do not have to update a shim for a minor or patch version change. Shims that support older distributions as well as new ones created after release are available for download here. If the note says that a later version of a shim also supports your version, Pentaho recommends using the later version.