It was time again to do a beta release for 2.0, which you can now find at https://github.com/openhab/openhab-distro/releases/tag/2.0.0.b4 (with downloads on Bintray).
I think this distro made a huge step forward in terms of reliability of the startup behavior and many of the bindings are already in productive use by many users and thus equally tested and stable.
I’d specifically like to mention that HABmin is now included as an official (but optional) user interface for openHAB (thanks @chris!) as well as HABPanel, which is in an early, but very promising phase and thus so far only included as an experimental feature (activate experimental features in Configuration->System first, before it appears in the addons list) - a big thanks to @ysc for this fantastic UI, I hope it will continue to evolve this nicely!
As people regularly ask about the plans for a final 2.0 release: I cannot promise anything myself, since I very much depend on the help and the contributions from all of you, but my personal goal would be to finish the most critical missing parts of openHAB 2 by the end of this year, so that we can declare GA by early January. In the coming weeks, I will try to come up with a list of topics that we still need to address for this and I count on you to then help ticking the entries off quickly - so stay tuned!