The third release candidate for Lucene 2.9 is about to hit and the final release is likely to be only days behind. Almost one year in the making, Lucene 2.9 is feature packed and progressively faster. With Solr 1.4 planning to release very shortly after 2.9, things are shaping up very nicely in Lucene land. Congrats to all the devs involved in both releases – I really think this is the culmination of some really fantastic work from both projects.