Well, we had planned to release an R1/beta2 in the fall of last year, but for one reason and another, that never happened. But things have changed in the past few months; a lot of long-standing, annoying issues have finally been resolved (e.g. USB3 booting), and so we have
now established a genuine schedule for R1/beta2 which ends in releasing on May 31 (or thereabouts.)
There is one blocking issue in the R1/beta2 milestone with an already-existing patch, and a few other blocking issues elsewhere (OpenSSL rebuilds) that have fixes already in progress.
I’ll be serving as Release Coordinator again, with nielx as my “understudy” of sorts. Stay tuned for the RCs and testing phases to being according to the schedule.