I have put together a release candidate (rc0) for Hadoop 2.5.0.
The RC is available at: http://people.apache.org/~kasha/hadoop-2.5.0-RC0/
The RC tag in svn is here:https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/hadoop/common/tags/release-2.5.0-rc0/
The maven artifacts are staged athttps://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachehadoop-1007/
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 5 days.