The Subversion project released the first publicly available release candidate for the 1.6.0 release on Friday Feb. 20. You can download the source for this release candidate from the Subversion project on tigris.org. The release notes for the 1.6 release are still being assembled but you can follow the latest state of the document from the project website.
As we did with the Subversion 1.5.0 release, CollabNet is providing binary packages of this release candidate to make it as easy as possible for the community to evaluate the release and provide their feedback. You can download binaries for Windows and Linux right now. We will be adding Solaris and OSX binaries soon.
Follow this blog for more entries on specific features in Subversion 1.6. There are several new features as you can see in the release notes. The biggest new feature is arguably the support for tree conflicts. This will need a separate post of its own to explain, perhaps more than one. For those that cannot wait, I can only point to the folder with the notes the developers were keeping on the feature. Not all of those files represent what finally went into the feature so keep that in mind and keep an eye out for more posts.