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Fwd: MapServer 6.0.0 Release

Forwarding big news from last night:



The MapServer Team is pleased to announce the long awaited release of
MapServer 6.0.0.

The 6.0 release introduces important changes in key components of the
MapServer core, as well as a large number of new features and
enhancements. The complete list of changes and enhancements is too long
to include here, so here is a quick list of RFCs related to this release:

(RFCs are available online at http://mapserver.org/development/rfc/)

Core Changes in MapServer 6.0 Which Could Affect Existing Applications:

   * MS RFC 54: Rendering Interface API
   * MS RFC 64: MapServer Expression Parser Overhaul
   * MS RFC 65: Single-pass Query Changes for 6.0

New Features and Notable Enhancements in MapServer 6.0:

   * MS RFC 50: OpenGL Rendering Support
   * MS RFC 58: Kml Output
   * MS RFC 60: Labeling enhancement: MAXOVERLAPANGLE
   * MS RFC 61: Enhance MapServer Feature Style Support
   * MS RFC 62: Support Additional WFS GetFeature Output Formats
   * MS RFC 63: Built-in OpenLayers map viewer
   * MS RFC 66: Better handling of temporary files
   * MS RFC 67: Enable/Disable Layers in OGC Web Services
   * MS RFC 68: Support for combining features from multiple layers
   * MS RFC 69: Support for clustering of features in point layers

More details are also available in the 6.0 release plan at:

Migration Guide:

Users upgrading to 6.0 from an older 5.x release are strongly encouraged
to start by reviewing the 5.6 -> 6.0 migration guide. This document
contains important notes on backwards incompatibilities or other changes
required when upgrading to 6.0. The latest version is available online at:


Source Code Download:

The source for this release can be downloaded at:


Binary Distributions:

Existing MS4W 3.0 users can upgrade to this MapServer 6.0.0 release by
following instructions at:

Ubuntu Binaries for hardy, lucid, maverick and natty are also built and
available in the unstable PPA of UbuntuGIS. See details and instructions at:

The other binary distributions listed in the download page should also
be updated with binaries for the new release shortly.


The MapServer documentation team is continuing to update and maintain
documents, and are happy to announce that MapServer documentation is now
available in English, German, French, and Spanish at
http://www.mapserver.org/. Volunteers are always needed to help
translate documents and update the documentation.  The documentation
team asks those volunteers interested in translating documents to please
introduce yourself on the mapserver-dev email list.

Finally, thank you to all of the users, developers, and supporters of
MapServer.  Enjoy!

- The MapServer Team

P.S. A copy of this announcement in pretty print is available online at