This release replaces openHAB 1.8 as the officially recommended runtime, only the openHAB 1 compatible add-ons will be further maintained. They are now available in version 1.9.0 and can be used on existing openHAB 1.8 installations. We have reached far more than 200 add-ons in this package by now and most of them can also be used in conjunction with openHAB 2 (see below).
Some time has passed since the openHAB 2.0 beta2 release and a lot development efforts were done - so it was clearly time to release openHAB 2.0 beta3. I see that many openHAB contributors and users are moving over from 1.x by looking at the activity in our forum and there has been very positive feedback regarding the stability.
After many months of preparation, it is finally done: We have started the openHAB Foundation on May 20 as a non-profit organisation for promoting Free software for smart home in general and openHAB in particular! In a good Silicon Valley style, we have chosen my (certainly automated) garage as the most suitable location. I am very grateful for having been unanimously elected as their president by the founding members.
EclipseCon France is less than three weeks away from now and I am very much looking forward to it! It is the first time for me to attend an EclipseCon in France and also to visit the city of Toulouse - my main encounter with the French Smart Home community has been an Eclipse Day in Grenoble last year, which was much fun.