[isabelle] Isabelle2016-RC0 available for testing

Dear Isabelle users,

the coming Isabelle2016 release is scheduled for February 2016, after the next big Java 8 update by Oracle in January and some weeks before the deadline of ITP 2016.

To get started with systematic testing there is now the relatively early http://isabelle.in.tum.de/website-Isabelle2016-RC0 (corresponding to Isabelle/e18444532fce and AFP/c62777f3e932).

The website, NEWS, ANNOUNCE etc. are already mostly up-to-date. Some documentation is still lagging behind, notably the Isabelle/jEdit manual. There are further fine points still to be sorted out.

When discussing problems, observations, suggustions, etc. the mail subject line should be changed to something meaningful (but the release candidate number still given in the message body).

As usual it is important to keep general laws of causality in mind: release candidates may still change, but the final release is final. Although this is tautological, in the past few releases we've often had complaints right after final lift-off, when it was too late.

So the best time to start testing is now.


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