hbase-0.96.0 will be our next major release. It is intended to supplant
the 0.94.x series.
hbase-0.96.0RC2 is our third hbase-0.96.0 release candidate.
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.
Both sets of hbase artifacts, for hadoop1 and for hadoop2, are available in
this maven staging repo:
More than 2k issues  are attributed to this version (counting fixes done
against this and the 0.95.x developer series of releases). More than 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 few RC.... I still need to
go through all issues... but I've made a start).
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