Apache Karaf 2.2.x branch will be soon entering the planning phase, as such I'm preparing for the release management role.
To prepare I've selected a bottle of Robert Skalli Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 to decant while listening to some Alexisonfire albums.
Current high lights of this patch include better Windows client support, improved SSH support on certain *nix systems, and an improvement to the features install sequence (install, install, install... start, start, start). Of course there will also be dependency updates such as moving to pax-logging 1.6.10, Spring 2.5.6.SEC03, and pax-web 1.0.12. A complete change log will be created for the Release Candidate once the community is ready to put it to vote.
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 Alexisonfire videos. I'm looking forward to starting the 2.2.10 release process soon.
I'll be posting updates to our Twitter stream (#karaf) and on our IRC channel (irc.codehaus.org #karaf).