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Release Management

Links to documentation describing important aspects of Sakai's Release Management Processes:

  • Release Practice Guidelines – Community expectations and practices surrounding the management of the various Sakai release and branch types (i.e., Major Release, Maintenance Branches, Maintenance Releases, Jira Branches, Feature Branches, and Trunk). (See also Jira Guidelines.)
  • Security Guidelines – Our policy for reporting, handling, and resolving security related issues in Sakai.
  • Release Meetings – Generally weekly discussions of how work on releases and maintenance branches is proceeding.
  • Tool and Service Scorecards – A "Scorecard Working Group" formed to tackle the issue of how to improve upon the current Core/Provisional/Contrib Tool Status system and its criteria. The goal being a scorecard-like system to provide the release team with guidance on what to include in a release, and organizations deploying Sakai a comparative evaluation of tools' and services' capabilities.

Supported Releases

Support for releases is subject to the availability of community and volunteer resources to effect that support. Generally this will include the current release and prior releases for which there is a sufficiently large community of folks still running a particular release in production.

You are strongly encouraged to use or closely follow the Maintenance Branch for a release when running in production, as the Maintenance Branches provide access to important bug fixes. The project teams producing the fixes provide a minimal level of testing, however, a great deal of community QA is achieved for each fix by relying on the local QA processes of organizations preparing the fixes for deployment to production. (See the Release Practice Guidelines for further information on how and what goes into these branches.)

  • Supported Releases
    • Sakai 2.5.3 – Currently recommended release; a maintenance release in the Sakai 2.5 Series.
    • Sakai 2.4 – If you need to run Sakai 2.4, rather than Sakai 2.5, we highly recommend starting from the 2.4.x Maintenance Branch, instead of the 2.4.1 release, which is affected by security issues. (No maintenance releases are planned for Sakai 2.4 at this time.)
  • Upcoming Releases
    • Sakai 2.5.4 – Maintenance Release, will supersede 2.5.3.
    • Sakai 2.5.5 – Maintenance Release, will supersede 2.5.4.
    • Sakai 2.6 – Official Release Mid July, 2009
    • Sakai 2.7 / Sakai 3.0 (3akai) – Likely to be developed roughly in parallel with each other with code freeze in March 2009 and release in July 2009; UX Improveworkment Project and page authoring work appearing in both, whilst content management, social networking, separation of groups from sites, and Kernel 2 (with some legacy tool support) will likely only be developed for the 3.x series; 3.0 will likely be at a release candidate stage for quite sometime while remaining capabilities are completed.
    • Sakai 2.8 – Probably last release in 2.x series; code freeze Septemeber 2009 and release February 2010.
    • Sakai 3.1 – Probably first release in the 3.x series with a full set of capabilities; perhaps released in early 2010.
    • Sakai Roadmap – general timeline of ongoing or planned functionality enhancements and additions.
  • Past Releases (no longer recommended or supported; available for historical purposes only.)

(For past releases we welcome volunteers from the community who are still using those releases to participate in a branch management team that will carry-on active management for that version, applying bug fixes, etc. If you're interested, please contact Peter A. Knoop.)

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