Sakai 2.5.0 Nearly Ready

I’m very pleased to announce that we’re swiftly approaching the release of Sakai 2.5.0. Peter Knoop’s update describes the excellent progress that has been made over the last few weeks and months.

On behalf of the entire Sakai Community I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard in bringing this to fruition.  The Sakai community has addressed over 1200 bugs and completed over 300 enhancements. I especially want to highlight the efforts of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, who has been running the 2-5-x branch in production since December. This has allowed us to identify and eliminate a number of critical issues along the way. A special thanks also to those individuals who worked with UCT to quickly address their issues.

Speaking of South Africa, Anthony Whyte will be spending some time there visiting and helping several Sakai schools. Look for some updates on his activities there over the next couple of weeks.

I’m headed to Wuhan, China for the first Sakai Conference in China. On the way I’ll stop in Beijing and visit a few universities there. I’ll then be in Valencia (presenting at the CRUE conference there as well as visiting the Universidad Polit√©cnica de Valencia) and Barcelona (where I’ll be visiting LaSalle University).

I’ll actually be circling the globe. Which sounds kind of cool until you look at the actual itinerary: San Francisco to Vancouver to Beijing to Wuhan to Beijing to Frankfurt to Barcelona to Valencia to Barcelona to London to San Francisco. Some of these are just airport stops (Vancouver, Frankfurt and London) but I think I’m going to be pretty tired of airplanes (and all of it in economy class, the foundation is a small non-profit, after all). And I know I’ll be wishing for internet connectivity on airplanes.

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