The Julia developers are pleased to announce that Julia v1.6.0 is now in beta, and binaries for the first beta version, 1.6.0-beta1, are available now. You can get them at https://julialang.org/downloads in the “upcoming release” section for macOS, FreeBSD (x86-64), Windows (32-, 64-bit), glibc Linux (i686, x86-64, AArch64, and—for the first time in years—PowerPC), and musl Linux (x86-64). Check out the NEWS file to see what will be new in 1.6.0.
As a beta version, this should not be considered production-ready. Rather, it’s intended to give users, especially package developers, a chance to try our their code with 1.6.0 prior to a full release. Note that 1.6 on Travis, AppVeyor, Cirrus, and GitHub Actions now refers to 1.6.0-beta1.
Let us know in the issue tracker if you run into any issues. Please note that any bugs you may encounter should be posted there rather than being discussed in this thread to ensure visibility to the developers.