Today the Camel team announced the availability of the Apache Camel 2.7.4 and 2.8.2 releases. These release are mostly bug fix releases to ensure stability on those branches. Albeit 2.8.2 has more than 100 tickets resolved. So I suggest to take a bit extra care if upgrading to 2.8.2 due the many changes.
In terms of the upcoming Apache Camel 2.9.0 release, then we have started discussing this at Apache. The plan is to cut a RC1 release first, to give the community a chance to give it a test spin and provide feedback. The reason is because Camel 2.9.0 have a number of API changes and cleanup in the camel-core. Therefore we would love for people in the community to download and try out RC1, especially if you have plans to upgrade to Camel 2.9.0 or later. We would like feedback on the upgrade issues you may encounter, and we will try to correct them before the actual 2.9.0 release.
If everything goes smoothly then hopefully Camel 2.9.0 is GA in end of november. This release has some great wins for the community (such as the improved simple language), which I will blog about later.