The Equinox 4.4 release continues to focus on implementing the latest Core OSGi specification and selected OSGi Compendium services. The final draft of the OSGi Core specification (Release 6) became availabe in March 2014. The Equinox 4.4 release includes a full implementation of the R6 Core Framework as well as several compendium service implementations. Many of the Equinox specification implementations from this release are used as the Reference Implementations for the OSGi R6 specification.
This release also includes a major refactoring and reimplementation of the Core Framework based on the generic OSGi dependency model. Given the amount of significant changes this release the version of this release is being bumped up to 4.4.