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Help Keep the Roadmap Up-To-Date!

If you have updated planning information to share, you can either comment on this page or email the Project Coordinator (Peter A. Knoop). Thanks.

Sakai Roadmap

The next major release, Sakai 2.6, is now in QA, its first release candidate is anticipated in December 2008, and its official release is scheduled for Mid July, 2009. With regards to future releases, plans are solidifying around a final release in the 2.x series (2.7) likely in early 2010, and an initial release candidate in the Sakai 3.x series (with limited functionality) occuring around May 2009, and the first, full, official Sakai 3 release occurring in late 2009/early 2010. Simultaneously, work continues on the Sakai kernel, with the first release in the Kernel 2.x series coming in early 2009, and likely to eventually become the kernel on which the Sakai 3.x series is based.

In the meantime, and with a goal of helping the community better understand and track the evolution of Sakai, it's important to keep the Sakai Roadmap up-to-date. So please do you part to contribute and keep up-to-date information on your activities, by providing periodic updates to Peter A. Knoop, the Sakai Project Coordinator, for aggregation in to this page.

For convenience, we are also compiling a list of links to other projects' Roadmaps on which key Sakai capabilities depend.


Sakai 2.x

The current release in the Sakai 2.x series is Sakai 2.5. The next minor release, Sakai 2.6, is currently available as a beta, with a first release candidate coming in mid-December 2008, and official release in early February 2009. A final release, Sakai 2.7, is likely in early 2010, with support and maintenance releases available through early 2012. The user experience will not undergo any drastic changes and will remain relatively consistent through the end of the 2.x series to provide stability for local documentation and training materials and customizations; significant changes and improvements in Sakai will come along with the shift to Sakai 3.

The goals for Sakai 2.x are:

  • Minor improvements, bug fixing, and performance enhancements across the board.
  • (question) demo release, including example content and functionality from selected Contrib projects.

Overview of Changes from Previous Release

Cross-Project

Tools

Assignments

Assignments2

Forums
  • (tick) A variety of incremental improvements to the user interface ( SAK-13736 - Getting issue details... STATUS )
  • Improve performance of statistics page ( SAK-12754 - Getting issue details... STATUS )
  • View how many people have read a message ( SAK-10559 - Getting issue details... STATUS ?)
  • Make forums' content available to Search ( SAK-5568 - Getting issue details... STATUS )
  • Ability for instructor to email author of thread or message ( SAK-11740 - Getting issue details... STATUS )
  • Optional email notifications for new posts ( SAK-11740 - Getting issue details... STATUS )
  • Optional support for displaying all messages marking them as read ( SAK-10869 - Getting issue details... STATUS ).
Gradebook

Gradebook2

Services


Sakai 3.x

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:

http://3akai.sakaiproject.org

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.
  • Ease of development through improved separation of concerns between java developers, java script programmers, and user experience designers.
  • Improved scalability and robustness.
  • Decreased production complexity and resource requirements.
  • Simplified installation and expansion requirements.

Kernel 1.x

With the release of Sakai 2.6 key, supporting, back-end services were separated out into an independent kernel project, Kernel 1 (or K1). This was done in part with the longer term goal of providing a more stable, better organized framework against which to build tools, and to allow the framework and tools to evolve on separate time-scales. This separation was a key step on the way to rethinking kernel services for Kernel 2.

The goals for the Kernel 1.x series are:

  • Bug-fixing and minor improvements in support of continued minor and maintenance releases in the Sakai 2.x series through early 2012.
  • Ability to cluster-enable Sakai to support session fail-over using Terracotta ( SAK-13324 - Getting issue details... STATUS )

Kernel 2.x

Most of the information on Kernel 2.x can currently be found here.

The goals for the Kernel 2.x series are:

The Sakai 3.x series will eventually switch from being based on Kernel 1 to Kernel 2 in early- to mid- 2009. Sakai 2.x will not make use of Kernel 2 services, and will remain base on Kernel 1 services; however, much of the functionality of Sakai 2.x will initially be made available in Sakai 3.x through a compatibility approach.


Associated Projects' Roadmaps

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