1. Bacula Release Status
As probably know, the latest release of Bacula version 7.4.0 was
released on 16 January 2016. This will be a quite stable release because
it is based on version 7.2.0 (very stable) plus a few Enterprise bug
fixes and features, which are well tested. As always the new code has
been very well tested on Linux, but there could be a few minor problems
on other OS versions such as Solaris.
2. Next Version
I expect that the next Bacula community version will be released in
October or November, and as usual, it will have a number of backports
from the Enterprise version as well as some new features that have been
submitted (see bacula-devel list and bug reports) thanks to devoted
community developers :-). There are also some new features that I have
been working on and others I have planned.
This next Bacula version will be more significant than the 7.4.0
release, if only because one of the submissions that was held back in
the 7.4.0 release requires a database upgrade. In addition, if all works
out as I plan, there will be a number of other nice new features.
Finally I hope to finally fix some of the outstanding bug reports that
are annoying to users, but have been on hold since it takes a large
amount of time to duplicate those particular problems.
You may recall that last year I was away on vacation several months.
Because Bacula Systems is doing very well with the means to hire new
programmers, that permits me to do two things:
1. Take more vacation time -- this time in Australia, Bali,
Micronesia, and Japan.
2. Be able to consistently devote far more time to developing
features important for the community version, which I have been doing
since December of last year and will continue to do indefinitely.
When I have Internet and time, I will monitor the Bacula status and
respond in case of a serious problem, while in my absence Eric
Bollengier will be ensuring that the bacula.org site continues to
function (it has been the target of several DoS attacks since the 7.4.0