The final candidate for Mars.2 is ready
for testing and final preparations. We are now in the not-so-quite week
before the official release -- no more builds (for the Mars stream) but
there is still work to do to be sure we are ready.
If no horribly blocking bugs found,
we are going to release these bits next Friday about 10:00 AM (Eastern).
Before you "make visible"
your bits next week, it is best to check this list first, just to make
sure there is no last minute "Wait! ... " messages. I am planning to announce here on this
list next Friday once Markus and I "flip the switch".
The final candidate EPP packages are
not be mirrored or put on 'downloads', but they can be found at
Likewise, every participating team should
test that "check for updates" works as expected, though some
special steps are required. To test well, you need to disable existing
repositories, and add the two that will become part of the release next
Ideally, you would first check updating
from Mars.1 to this pre-release Mars.2. And then start fresh, and test
updating from Mars directly to this pre-release Mars.2. And then start
fresh and test again with the "old" .../releases/mars site enabled
-- this last case simulates what it will be like next week when we have
a larger composite site at .../releases/mars.
The goal of all our "final week"
testing is not so much to find common bugs but to make sure there is nothing
"blocking" that prevents users from updating, or worse, the update
appears to work, but then Eclipse no longer starts, or other similar issues.
In some cases, projects may find a bug for which they will want to have
a documented workaround ready, per perhaps even a feature patch.