As Halloween gets closer, we prepared the release candidate of OpenCV 2.4.3 for you. This is possibly the final release in 2.4.x series, and it should be the most mature OpenCV version to the moment. Please, try it out and report any problems, while we are still in the bug fixing mode.
Big thanks to everybody who sent us the bug reports, contributed new functionality and patches and helped us in any other way!
As usual, the packages are available at SourceForge (https://sourceforge.net/projects/opencvlibrary), or alternatively you can download the source code from https://github.com/opencv/opencv/tree/2.4.3-rc.
The nicely formatted changelog can be seen here: http://code.opencv.org/projects/opencv/wiki/ChangeLog; here are the highlights:
- A lot of good stuff from the Google Summer of Code 2012 has been integrated; this was a very productive summer!
- Significantly improved and optimized Android and iOS ports.
- Greatly extended GPU (i.e. CUDA-based) module
- The brand new ocl (OpenCL-based) module that unleashes GPU power also for AMD and Intel GPU users. It's not included into the binary package, since there are different SDKs, and it's not turned on by default. You need to run CMake and turn on "WITH_OPENCL". Also, please note that this is very first version of the module, so it may be not very stable and not very functional.
- Much better performance on many-core systems out of the box. You do not need TBB anymore on MacOSX, iOS and Windows. BTW, the binary package for Windows is now built without TBB support. Libraries and DLLs for Visual Studio 2010 use the Concurrency framework.
- About 130 bugs have been fixed since 2.4.2.
SPECIAL NOTE for Ubuntu x86 12.04 users: By default OpenCV is now built with "-O2" optimization flag instead of "-O3". The compiler in the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 12.04 produces incorrect code with "-O3", so it's strongly recommended not to use this flag.
You are welcome to try out the latest and greatest OpenCV!
The final 2.4.3 is expected within ~2 weeks and then we will start working on 2.5, so if you plan to use 2.4.x for a prolonged period of time, please, let us know about any serious problems in 2.4.3rc that you found - file a report at http://code.opencv.org. We are going to spend the time before release working on the remaining issues reported there.
OpenCV development team.