With the RPM 5 project team we are in the middle of the official release engineering phase for RPM 5.0. Details of the proposed release engineering roadmap for RPM 5.0 can be found under http://rpm5.org/roadmap.php. The latest step towards RPM 5.0.0 (scheduled for release in January 2008) is the release of RPM 5.0b2 today. Find it under the rpm5.org files area http://rpm5.org/files/rpm/rpm-5.0/.
RPM 5 is now considered stable enough to be test-driven in real packaging environments. For this we have OpenPKG already upgraded to RPM 5 in our lab and everything still worked fine (again). All OpenPKG feature patches were even merged into the rpm5.org code base recently (although have to be explicitly enabled via -DRPM_VENDOR_OPENPKG during building).
Now we are mainly polishing RPM 5 on rpm5.org and trying it out in production environments like OpenPKG. The results so far look very promising. We especially plan to upgrade the official OpenPKG very soon to RPM 5 and this way together with the release of RPM 5.0 even a full software distribution will be available which is already based on RPM 5.
As lots of efforts in 2007 were put by us into RPM 5 (on rpm5.org) and the RPM 5 based OpenPKG (at openpkg.com), the forthcoming OpenPKG in 2008 is planned to look different from a bare product perspective. We especially are attempting to simplify the currently too complex OpenPKG world. Nevertheless, there will be an official upgrade path from today’s RPM 4 based OpenPKG to the new RPM 5 based OpenPKG. Watch out for announcements in January.