The sixth maintenance release of the Apache Karaf 2.2.x branch has entered the planning phase, as such I'm preparing for the release management role.
To prepare I've selected a bottle of Finca Flichman Misterio Malbec 2011 to decant while listening to some Sam Roberts albums. As it has been a common thread on my last few 'preparing for Apache Karaf' posts, the 3.0.0 release is still underway in preparation - the community is committed to seeing Karaf 3.0 being feature complete and polished before it is raised to production status. In fact the Karaf 3.0.0 process will have an important impact on the 2.2.6 RC - we're going to hold off performing the 2.2.6 RC until the Karaf 3.0.x branch has at least been created. It is hoped that by branching Karaf 3.0.x from trunk that we can focus on polishing 3.0.0 towards release, while trunk becomes 3.1.0-snapshot - the home of new features.
Current high lights of this patch include the new command "feature:chooseurl" (makes it easier to install well known features files), better shell script support for Solaris, several bug fixes, and numerous dependency updates (32 resolved issues and counting!).
The wine will of course only be sampled after being gave proper time to breath in its container, after the first release candidate has be up loaded for voting (see our release guide for more details on our process).
Unfortunately I can't share the wine with you, but I can share a few links to some Sam Roberts videos.
I'm looking forward to starting the 2.2.6 release process. I'll be posting updates to our Twitter stream (#karaf) and on our IRC channel (irc.codehaus.org #karaf).