Orion 0.2 Release is Now Available!

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
– Roy Batty, Blade Runner

The Orion 0.2 release has concluded its official release review, and is now available for download! For those who have already downloaded it, this is the same as the RC3 build of June 27, 2011. This is still an incubating release and we have a long way to go before we have something as solid as the Eclipse platform. However, we now have a release that the Orion team can comfortably self-host on, and we’re excited to move forward into the world of pure browser-based tools.

After the 0.2 release, we’re diverging from the traditional annual Eclipse release rhythm to a more rapid release cycle more commonly found in web projects. While annual releases have worked very well for the Eclipse ecosystem, they are too slow for a web world where browsers and major components such as Dojo and JQuery ship new feature releases every few months. We are planning a 0.3 release at the end of October 2011, followed by tentative release dates in February and June 2012. While each new release will have a smaller set of new functionality compared to an annual release, this will ensure we keep pace with our dependent libraries and platforms as they evolve.


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