It is now official. The next release of Pentaho Reporting will be numbered 5.0, in sync with the Pentaho Suite 5.0. Future releases will then keep in sync with the suite version number and will be released at the same time as the Pentaho Server.
Although it is a shame that you will no longer be able to impress friends and family with the arcane knowledge of what PRD goes with a given release of the BA-Server, it will simplify the story for support, marketing, sales and everyone else.
We are now also officially in feature-lock-down. We thus have finally entered the last stages of the development process (the remaining phases being ‘stress’, ‘panic’ and ‘outright agony’). That means, no new features get added, regardless how good they are, and we now concentrate solely on working though the remaining items of the sprint backlogs.