Open source projects typically follow a release early, release often approach to software development. This means that multiple development releases are made before a final release, to allow time for the community to perform tests and report/fix bugs.
JBoss Community projects are no exception and in general one or more of the following development releases always take place:
- Candidate Release 1
- Candidate Release 2
- Candidate Release 3
- Candidate Release <n>
When the quality of the code is high enough to allow use by leading-edge applications then a General Availability release is made.
If you want to make a valuable contribution to the success of a project then please download and test the development releases as and when they become available. This not only improves the overall quality of the projects but also ensures you can upgrade to the latest versions without any unexpected side-effects.