Apache Bigtop

Tuesday December 02, 2014

Release of Apache Bigtop 0.8.0

This new release brings tons of new features and fixes for the beloved 100% community and open source driven big data distribution.

Among the new features:

  • New Gradle based build system, with better integration into underlying Bigtop platform. Going forward it will allow us to improve build experience as well as simplify if for new and experienced users.
  • Groovy runtime was added directly to the stack, which will allow to speed-up initial HDFS cluster deployment
  • BigPetStore data analytics blueprints
  • JDK/OpenJDK 7 support. Yes, we have completely moved away from JDK6
  • Support for latest Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and CentOS
  • Removing support for some outdated distros like CentOS5, Fedora17, and Ubuntu Lucid
  • The release fixes close to 200 bugs and adds a lot of new features focused on the usability and stability of the software stack

Of course this release brings its set of upgrades:

  • Apache Hadoop 2.4.1
  • Apache Giraph 1.1.0
  • Apache Flume 1.5.0.1
  • Apache Pig datafu 1.0.0
  • Apache Crunch 0.10.0
  • Apache HBbase 0.98.5
  • Apache Hive 0.13.0
  • Hue 3.6.0
  • Pig 0.12
  • Apache Mahout 0.9
  • Apache Solr 4.6.0
  • Spark 0.9.1

And as usual Apache Bigtop supports and provide convenience artifacts for a wide array of GNU/Linux distributions:

  • Centos6
  • Fedora 18
  • Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise)
  • Ubuntu 13.04 (Quetzal)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)
  • OpenSUSE 13.1
  • SLES11

With convenience repositories available: from http://www.apache.org/dist/bigtop/bigtop-0.8.0/repos/

Overall Apache Bigtop 0.8.0 is a great release and is in the continuity of what the previous ones brought to the field:

  • Stability
  • Reliability
  • Great set of features

As a developer of the distribution and a user, everything felt right and worked out of the box.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the members Apache Bigtop community for all the effort put into such a great community and distribution. And am looking forward for coming 0.9.0 release that will make the stack more focused on in-memory analytics with addition of Apache Ignite (incubating) and other improvements.

I would also like to encourage everyone to give a try to our latest release and to not hesitate to come in, participate and give any feedback on our mailing lists: http://bigtop.apache.org/mail-lists.html  .

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