> Has there been precedent of packaging a non-final release in Orbit?
That has been done before (with IP staff's blessing
-- some restrictions may apply). Ideally it would only be done if fairly sure it would
be formally released before our formal release ... but, not a hard requirement, as
long as well communicated.
One "mechanism" by which this is done, is
to make obvious in qualifier it is "not final", such as to use
x.y.z.draft<normalQualifer>. That way "draft"
is pretty "low" and would be replaced by anything starting with "v" as it would be the final version
(if, by chance, say, their release was exactly the same as their release candidate). If you go down this path, you
can open Orbit bugs and discuss on orbit-dev list.