The topics for this Status Report are:

1. Bacula Release Status

2. Bacula Binaries

3. Windows Binaries

4. Next Bacula Version

5. Bacula’s 20th Anniversary

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1. Bacula Release Status
The latest Bacula version 9.6.2 was released today to Source Forge and to
www.bacula.org. This is a new version release since the last one was
version 9.4.4. This version includes many enhancements to Baculum (the
Web GUI interface to Bacula), new Statistic for the Dir, SD and FD that
can be shown in Baculum or sent to Graphite, and a Docker plugin. We are
a bit behind in the Docker documentation, but it will come in the next
couple of weeks.

Note: versions 9.6.0 and 9.6.1 were withdrawn due to a bug in building
the readline version of Bacula.

2. Bacula Binaries
Thanks to the build support from Bacula Systems, we now have binaries for a
number of popular distributions. If you need additional distributions,
please notify us on the bacula-users email list.

The release format is with standard packaging using debs rpms, … that are
specific to each system. However, unlike most Linux distributions, we
install the Community Binaries into the directory /opt/bacula as
recommended in the Bacula manual and as used by the Bacula Enterprise
Edition. This Bacula file release standard is not uncommon and vastly
simplifies installation, support, backup and recovery of Bacula itself.
Basically, most of the release will be installed into /opt/bacula except
for the few system files that must be placed in certain locations such as
the start/stop scripts and the man text.

To register and get access to Bacula pre-built binaries please go to
www.bacula.org and on the main menu bar select Downloads -> Bacula Binary
Package Download, then fill out the registration. Note, ultimately you
will receive a special download link that will give you access to the
binaries. Please keep that link for future access to the binary repository
for updates and new releases.

3. Windows Binaries
Since version 9.0.0, we have re-integrated the Windows File daemon source
code, and built Windows Binaries packages. They can be found in
www.bacula.org -> Downloads -> Binary Download Center. Version 9.6.2 are
currently available.

4. Next Bacula Version
We expected to include many more features in this version thanks to Bacula
Systems work, but unfortunately these new features were more complicated to
backport than I had imagined, and I had to revert to a more modest release
(9.6.2). Based on the backporting difficulties due to the divergence of the
Community and Enterprise versions, Bacula Systems has been working hard to
make a “universal Bacula core code” version that includes both the Enterprise
and Community code in a way that we can easily switch between the two versions,
as well as much more easily backport new features to and from the Community
version.

Hopefully then the next Bacula version will be the previously planned version
11.0.0, that will include a large number of new features written by Bacula
Systems. If all goes well this version will be released in about 9 months
(roughly the end of 2020).

5. Bacula’s 20th Anniversary
For those of you really familiar with Bacula, you will realize that Bacula had
its 20th birthday on 1/1/2020. Twenty years of Bacula!!!!

Thanks for using Bacula — be hap because there is much more to
come.

Kern