08 August 2017 News

Boldly Go - Elastic Pioneer Program

By Tyler Hannan

Today, we released the beta1 of version 6.0 of the Elastic Stack and X-Pack. You can test the new goodness in the Elastic Stack today, by downloading the Beta 1 candidates.

We’re very excited about these upcoming version 6.0 preview releases, but we want to make sure they’re perfect (or as perfect as software gets) before they ship more broadly. Everyone who reports a legitimate bug on a 6.0 preview release of Elastic Stack will be recognized for the final release with a special thank you. If you find something particularly tricky, you could also earn a free ticket to Elastic{ON}.

Why would I participate?

The Pioneer Program during the 5.0 release helped us identify issues that we could only find with the assistance of the community – whether customers or open source users. The preview period is incredibly important. As much as we test the software before release, there are users with environments we haven’t conceived of, and folks using the Elastic Stack in ways we’ve never seen. We want to know the limits of our stack, and do everything we can to improve it before general release. We’re re-launching the Elastic Pioneer Program with the 6.0 release to encourage folks to try the latest version.

How to participate

To join the program, just try out the preview of any (preferably, every) part of the Elastic Stack, and open issues as you find them in the appropriate repo (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Beats, Kibana) or forum (X-Pack). When you open an issue, mention that you found the bug in 6.0.0-alpha1/2/beta1, and we’ll add a “Pioneer Program” label. While we appreciate the information, duplicate issues won’t enter you into the program.

Note: This is a preview release and is intended for testing purposes only. There is no guarantee that any of the 6.0.0-beta versions will be compatible with other previews, or the 6.0.0 GA. We strongly recommend that you keep this far, far away from production. And, since it is in beta, it is not available yet on Elastic Cloud.

We hope you’ll join us in trying the preview versions of the Elastic Stack 6.0!