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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

Sakai 2.6.0, a major release of the Sakai platform, was released on July 23, 2009. See the announcement at the announcements maillist archive.

With regards to future releases, plans are solidifying around a final release in the 2.x series (2.7), likely

2010 (tentative)

, and an initial release candidate in the Sakai 3.x series (with limited functionality) likely in early 2010, and the first, full, official Sakai 3 release occurring


. A major change between the 2.x and 3.x series, is the switch from Kernel 1 to Kernel 2, the fundamental framework code on which Sakai 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 2.7 are:

  • Minor improvements, bug fixing, and performance enhancements across the board.
  • (question) demo release, including example content and functionality from selected Contrib projects.
  • Based on a Kernel 1.1 release.

The list of Jira Tasks scheduled for Sakai 2.7.

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.

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:

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.

These goals are further described in a Sakai 3 Proposal document.

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 1.0.x series are:

The goals for the Kernel 1.1.x series are:

  • Bug-fixing and minor improvements in support of the Sakai 2.7 series through early 2012.
  • Ability to cluster-enable Sakai to support session fail-over using Terracotta ( SAK-13324 - Getting issue details... STATUS )
  • Kernel 1.1.0 Jira Roadmap

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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