The Hibernate team is happy to announce the availability of the 3.6.0.Beta2 release. The major change from Beta1 is the merging of AnnotationConfiguration into Configuration (HHH-5375). AnnotationConfiguration is now completely deprecated.
I am pleased to announce that we have just released Hibernate version 3.5.0-CR-1. As a refresher, Hibernate follows the JBoss versioing scheme where CR is a Candidate for Release (what many of you might call RC). The main stated goal of 3.5 is JPA 2 compliance. This is the first release we believe achieves that goal entirely. In fact we are in the process of certifying for standalone JPA 2 compliance and have integrated this CR into the imminent JBoss AS M2 release as part of their effort towards full Java EE 6 compliance.