[riot-users] RIOT Release 2015.12

Cenk G√ľndogan cenk.guendogan at fu-berlin.de
Sun Jan 10 16:28:58 CET 2016


Dear RIOT developers and users,

I am glad to announce the sixth official release of the RIOT operating 
system:

------------------------------- * RIOT 2015.12 * 
-------------------------------

This release is packed with nearly 150 enhancements to the codebase and 
bugfixes
for several known issues. It also contains a lot of new documentation as 
well as
improvements to existing ones, which can be found in 
http://doc.riot-os.org/.

In addition to the above, this new release re-enables the support for ICN
by integrating CCN-lite as a package and provides example applications
to showcase its functionality.

Developers can now make use of a Vagrant file that ships with
this release in order to manage a RIOT supported guest machine.
This reduces the set-up time by delivering a system with all
necessary toolchains installed without the need to touch the host system.

With a partial support of the Arduino API, RIOT becomes more accessible
to a wide range of Arduino specialized developers. Although this new 
feature is
still rudimentary, it already enables simple Arduino sketches to be compiled
into RIOT.

A further highlight of this release is the introduction of SAUL,
the [S]ensor [A]ctuator [U]ber [L]ayer. SAUL enables a portable approach
to interact with different types of sensors and actuators on RIOT supported
hardware by offering a unified API to the developer.

Several new platforms and device drivers found their way into this release.
RIOT 2015.12 supports the WeIO board, the Silicon Labs Wireless Eval Kit
(SLWSTK6220A) and the STM32 Nucleo-F401. With the new device driver for the
enc28j60 ethernet chip it is now possible to use wired connections with 
RIOT.

Since the last release about 222 new pull requests with about 631 commits
were merged and 48 additional issues have been solved. 37 people generated
a total of ~59779 insertions and ~12115 deletions in 980 files.

You can download the RIOT release from Github by cloning the repositoryor by
downloading the 
tarball:https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/archive/2015.12.tar.gz

Keep RIOTing!

- Cenk


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