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The Orion 5.0 Release be in February, 2014 and coincide with EclipseCon North America. The 5.0 plan will have 4 main focus areas including "Features", "Infrastructure", "Core" and "Community". Some of the ideas within the 5.0 Project Plan would ideally involve some community efforts to implement and those will be called out.
The new Orion Java server meta-data format will be deployed to OrionHub after 5.0 finalizes. Going forward the new format is the default.
Orion continues to fix and resolve any security related found during development and penetration testing.
Orion continues release to release to focus on the usability of the platform. In 5.0 many UX improvements were added including Sidebar pallete for nativation of pages, contextual menus in the navigator panel and refreshed UI skinning overall. Deployment capabilities to CloudFoundry compatible Platform-as-a-Service providers is the first revision so feedback will help determine the path forward for extending the feature.
No end-of-live issues in this release. As mentioned going forward, the new Server meta-data storage is the default however backwards compatibility remains.
The Orion team participates in W3C/WhatWG and ECMA standards and working groups. Examples of standards being developed in parallel to Orion implementations include HTML Templates, LocalFileSystem, URI Templates, and Promises. The Plugin model for Orion has also been proposed as a standard within OSGi.