Research and Development work for a new generation of the product, Sakai 3, is fairly well along. This work so far includes a new kernel based on Apache Sling and a new UX framework that grew out of the UX initiative. Cambridge and Georgia Tech expect to be able to deploy the earliest milestone of this work to their campuses near the end of 2009, though it will not yet be ready for a full Sakai release.
The current release in the Sakai 2.x series is Sakai 2.6.0.The broader goals for Sakai 2.7 are:
1) A simple, measured introduction to a new set of product development processes
- Provide the new Product Council space and time to work with development teams around significant new functionality
- Avoid unnecessary disruption to the momentum of development work to date
2) A reliable, published release roadmap
- A clear plan before QA begins
- A plan designed around meeting the broadest user needs with the highest quality code while minimizing risk to target timelines
The specific priorities for achieving these goals are:
1) Release by the end of 2009
2) Refinements and bugfixes for existing core tools (i.e. those already in 2.6), especially where they offer an improved User Experience. No major new tools or entirely new sets of capabilities
Proposed Sakai 2.7 Changes are being collected and will be reviewed by a process that includes a release management team, the product manager, and the Product Council.
The full list of Jira Tasks scheduled for
The broader goals and specific aims for 2.8 will be:
1) Significant new functionality vetted by emerging Product Council processes, including the formulation of criteria in coordination with development teams and community discussion.
2) Release by May of 2010
The significant new functionality being considered is presently also being collected among Proposed Sakai 2.7 Changes.
The initial vision for the Sakai 3.x series is still coming together. An early look at this work as evolves can be found on this demo server:
Tentative goals for Sakai 3 .x are listed below, however, please keep in mind this is a work-in-progress:
- Significant improvements in the user experience, drawing heavily on Web 2.0 thinking, such as dashboards, widgets, gadgets, drag-and-drop support, etc.
- Content authoring and organization capabilities to provide more flexibility in populating and organizing sites.
- Expansion of permission scope beyond the current site-exclusive-basis.
- Better cross-tool workflow and integration.
- Add social networking capabilities.