After so many years, all good things have to come to an end. What is true in the world of brick and mortar is also true in our universe of information and data. It was a long and productive relationship along the way from the early days of JFreeReport to today’s Pentaho Reporting.
So it is my sad duty to announce that beginning with the next release, we part from our JDK 1.2.2 roots and upgrade our system requirements to JDK 1.5 on the engine side (and maybe even make the bold move to use JDK 1.6, if the Pentaho Platform completely abandons JDK 1.5 as well) and JDK 1.6 for the design-time tools (Pentaho Report Designer, the datasource editors and the Report Design Wizard).
At the moment I have no clue how we will name the new release. Very likely it won’t be called Sugar – as far as I know this is reserved for a BI-server release. I still don’t fancy American football (after all, its just a sissy [padded armour! C’mon!] version of rugby anyway) and thus I’ll take Citrus and Sugar as food, not leagues. Which, after too many days of Lemonade now probably brings hpyoglycemia or diabetes as viable project names. Or I team up with the British and use Cricket terms as alternative naming schema.