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Re: status of 7.0

On Sat, 7 Jul 2007, Paul Eskello wrote:

I was wondering when to expect 7.0 release ? Did I miss the schedule. Any showstoppers ? when to expect RC1 ?

Just curious.

Have a great weekend.

Ken may respond in a more detailed form, but the current stage is that we are waiting for the feature set to finally settle and some known outstanding issues to resolve themselves, at which point we'll cut a first beta in the next 2-4 weeks. As a precursor to that, monthly snapshots will likely get built and released in the next couple of days. Hopefully testing and feedback from that will allow us to nail down a more specific schedule for the release itself.

At this point, the imperative for developers is to wrap up any remaining outstanding features and work on testing and bug fixing. Likewise users :-). We often find that even early adoption sites only really start testing during the RC cycle, and that's far too late to make larger changes that may be required to address some sorts of stability issues. Getting people doing testing the whole way through the cycle makes a big difference in the effectiveness of the test cycle.

There are some really great features in 7.0, and it's wonderful to be at the polishing and testing stage finally :-).

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge
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