Sqoop developer community,
It has been three months since our last Sqoop 1 release version 1.4.3 and there has been steady activity on the codebase with about 49 issues resolved . Some of them are usual bugfixes, but we also added major new functionality. For example we added Netezza Connector and HCatalog integration. It will therefore be appropriate time to do a maintenance release of the project with version number 1.4.4.
To that effect Sqoop PMC has decided to keep the slight change from the usual release process that was introduced couple of releases back. Instead of having one of the committers driving the release, I've stepped out as a release mentor that will guide someone from the community that will volunteer to become the release manager.
This is a great opportunity for enthusiastic contributor to make a difference for the project and learn more about the workings of Apache Sqoop and Apache Software Foundation in general. Please do not hesitate and respond to this email if you're interested!