Sakai 2.5.0 Released

I’m very pleased to announce that Sakai 2.5.0 is now officially available on the Sakai website! Source, binary and demo distributions are available for download. For more information on what’s included in the release, see Peter Knoop’s release summary. We expect than most institution running a previous version of Sakai will be upgrading to 2.5 between now and the (Northern Hemisphere) Fall academic term.

This release is the culmination of a new release process, which took the release through several beta and release candidate stages. While there will always be bugs in large complicated software packages like Sakai, we’re certain that the extra effort an attention that the community put into this process has resulted in a significantly higher quality release. As more institutions put Sakai 2.5.0 into production we will undoubtedly discover and fix more issues. In fact, there are already 30+ fixes that are waiting to be merged into the 2-5-x maintenance branch. We expect that we will be making a maintenance release (2.5.1) at the end of April.

I’d like to especially thank Anthony Whyte for his work in managing the release process and for refactoring the release documentation (take a look, I think you’ll like it). I’d also like to thank Ian Boston for his continued technical leadership and his last minute assistance in building the final release artifacts. And no release would be complete without a “thank you” to Megan May for leading the quality assurance process.

Marc BrierleyFinally, this release is dedicated to the memory of Marc Brierley of Stanford University. Marc was a member of the Sakai community since its inception and his work as a user interaction designer at Stanford University helped shape the Sakai release today. His enthusiasm, intelligence, kindness and infectious smile will be missed and remembered by all who worked with him.

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  1. […] 2.5 series is also where we first introduced the formal beta and release candidate releases (see related post from 1 year ago). Of course there is no use for a beta version if you don’t have someone […]

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