I have put together a release candidate (rc1) for Hadoop 2.5.0.
The RC is available at: http://people.apache.org/~kasha/hadoop-2.5.0-RC1/
The RC tag in svn is here:https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/hadoop/common/tags/release-2.5.0-rc1/
The maven artifacts are staged at:https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachehadoop-1008/
You can find my public key at:http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/hadoop/common/dist/KEYS
Please try the release and vote. The vote will run for the now usual 5