Apache Maven 2.1, milestone 1 has been released.
From John’s announcement:
This release signals the beginning of a new direction in the development of Maven. Recently, Maven’s development efforts were split into three major goals. First, the Maven 2.0.x code line will be minimally maintained for regression fixes; the 2.0.x series should be entering end-of-life mode soon now that 2.1.0-M1 is out.
Previously developed as 2.0.10, we decided to move to the new version for two reasons. Firstly, to mark the significance of some of the internal changes being made – you should notice that this version is faster and less memory hungry than its predecessors. But even more importantly, this opens up a an active branch of development for new features that can be released in the short term. The following are tentatively planned for 2.1.0 final (with implementations already in testing):
- Addition of a prepare-package phase
- Make-Like Reactor Mode (also coming in plugin form for Maven 2.0.x)
- Parallel Artifact Resolution
- PGP Artifact Verification
- Automatic Parent Versioning
The release contains 70 other fixes and is likely to be as stable as any Maven 2.0.x release, so it is worth checking out. For the more cautious, 26 of those fixes are planned to be released as 2.0.10 in the not too distant future.
The milestone can be downloaded from the Maven download page (just below the 2.0.9 release).