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The Open Object Rexx Project is extremely happy to announce the first ooRexx 4.2.0 beta. The first beta installation packages are available on SourceForge at:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/oorexx/files/oorexx/4.2.0%20%28beta%29/?

Installer packages are available for a few operating systems now.  Additional files will be added shortly, as they become available.

ooRexx 4.2.0 is an enhancement and bug fix release.  The first new feature release in some time.  There are a large number of new feature requests that have been implemented in this release.  In addition, many reported bugs have been fixed. Please read the CHANGES document for a list of the bug tracker items fixed and the feature request tracker items that have been implemented.

Please test the beta and report any issues uncovered on the SourceForge bug tracker at:

https://sourceforge.net/p/oorexx/bugs/

Note that the development team is limited both in resources and numbers.  Most members of the team run with the 4.2.0 code on their system every day and have been continually testing ooRexx 4.2.0 since the release of ooRexx 4.1.0.  The bugs that the developers are likely to find, have been found and fixed.  The bugs that currently exist in 4.2.0 need to be found by the users of ooRexx.

The users of ooRexx are strongly urged to, at a minimum, run the Rexx programs they use under the beta code.  Bugs discovered during the beta phase of ooRexx 4.2.0 will be fixed before the final release of 4.2.0.  Bugs discovered the day after the final release will not make it into an official release of ooRexx for quite some time.

Thank you,
The ooRexx Project Team