OSG 3.2 is here!

On November 12, 2013 the OSG Technology area released OSG 3.2.0- thereby launching the new OSG 3.2 release series. For the first time since the OSG began distributing RPMs, we now offer separate and parallel release areas for our software: OSG 3.1 and OSG 3.2. Having two release series allows us to make substantial software changes in 3.2, while supporting older versions in 3.1 for a while longer. This capability lets us serve our users better than with a single release series.

Currently, big changes to OSG 3.2 are as follows:

NOTE: Because these changes may be disruptive to a production site, you must take explicit action to update from the 3.1 to the 3.2 series; if you do nothing, package updates will continue to come from the 3.1 series.

The process for upgrading from 3.1 to 3.2 is documented here: https://twiki.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view/Documentation/Release3/OSGReleaseSeries


Back when we designed the initial OSG RPM plumbing, we knew that it would be incapable of supporting multiple release series. It was the right decision at the time, because we could not anticipate our needs years later, but we also knew that it would be a challenge to fix later. And it was.

The Software, Release, and Operations teams worked through the technical and social challenges of making this transition, and I am delighted to see how well it turned out. Please join me in congratulating the teams for their efforts.

Many people contributed in ways large and small, and without minimizing any contribution, I want to highlight a few individuals for outstanding effort.

Thanks again to everyone involved!

Tim Cartwright