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[ecf-dev] Luna final daze, OSGi R6 and ECF 3.9.0

Hi Folks,

Next wed (6/25/2014) is the Luna release date. For the ECF 3.8.1/Luna release I've prepared an updated download page, and an updated New and Noteworthy page, and on 6/25/2014 am I will move those pages over to be active and change the 'latest' release content to point to ECF 3.8.1.

There are some changes that must be done by hand (e.g. the Apache Karaf features), if you are able/willing to help with this please join bugs [2].

I've completed the work on the OSGi *R6* RS/RSA implementation on the rfc1.1 branch [1]. What I'm planning to do is merge the rfc1.1 branch onto master *immediately after* the Wed am release (probably Wed afternoon pacific time). I don't anticipate that the merge will actually take very long, as I've been merging master->rfc1.1 frequently over the past few months. However, it's possible that this merge will introduce problems into the ECF Jenkins builder projects, and so I would expect the fixes to these to take several days. During this time, nightly builds and continuous integration builds may not be available for download.

Markus K and I are working on using/testing against the OSGi R6 CT (compatibility test suite) with the intention of having our builder automatically run the R6 CT suite as part of our automated build...as soon as we can do the associated releng.

My desire is to release (as ECF 3.9.0) the OSGi R6 support along with any bug fixes that can be made after Luna release. My current target for this release is late July or early August. We can't really settle on a final date yet for 3.9.0, as it would be unwise to release until the OSGi R6 RS/RSA specification is finalized, and that has not happened yet. Further, I don't know exactly when that will happen. So we will have to leave the 3.9.0 target date uncertain for the time being. I will update as soon as I know more from the EEG (OSGi enterprise experts group).

If you have any questions, about Luna final daze, OSGi R6 support/reference implementation work, and/or ECF 3.9.0 planning, please just say so.



[1] http://git.eclipse.org/c/ecf/org.eclipse.ecf.git?h=rfc1.1
[2] https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=437776
and https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=429939