Editor's Note (September 7, 2018): This post refers to X-Pack. Starting with the 6.3 release, the X-Pack code is now open and fully integrated as features into the Elastic Stack.
If you’ve been following along closely you will be aware that we’ve been busy in preparation for 6.0.0 GA. It is our intent, and hope, that rc2 represents as close to final code as is possible before the GA release. This also means that – if you want to test in advance of GA – this could be close to your final chance.
While releasing all the things on the same day is no trick (but quite the feat of coordination), we do hope you find it a treat to play with upcoming features. We continue to work hard squashing bugs and adding features to each product because, like mummies, we are afraid to unwind.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is still a release candidate so don’t put it into production. There is no guarantee that any of the 6.0.0 pre-release versions will be compatible with other pre-releases, or the 6.0.0 GA. During the 5.0 release, we introduced the Elastic Pioneer Program and are continuing the same program with the 6.0 preview releases.
Keep in mind that you can try it on Elastic Cloud. That’s correct, release candidates are now available on your favourite hosted Elasticsearch provider.
All of the products have multiple changes of varying complexity. We’d encourage you to test with the entire Elastic Stack.
- Based on Lucene 7.0.1, this is the sixth in a series of pre-6.0.0 releases
- More information is available in the blog post