hbase-0.96.0 will be our next major release. It is intended to supplant
the 0.94.x series.
hbase-0.96.0RC1 is our second candidate for release hbase-0.96.0.
The signed tarballs are available here:
Note that hbase-0.96.0 comes in two flavors; a build that includes and runs
on hadoop-1.x and another for hadoop-2.x. You must chose the hbase that
suits your hadoop context.
The hbase built against hadoop1 artifacts are available in this maven
The hbase built against hadoop2 artifacts are available in this maven
More than 2k issues  are attributed to this version (counting fixes done
against this and the 0.95.x developer series of releases). Almost 180
fixes have been committed since 0.95.2. I will follow up w/ a synopsis of
the major changes (I know I said this about last RC.... still need to go
through all issues).
Please take it for a spin. We are interested in any issues found but in
particular, we would appreciate feedback on how well the migration of a
0.94.x dataset to run under 0.96.0 works .
Should this candidate become hbase-0.96.0? Please vote +/-1 by September