If I recall correctly, it's OK to post an announcement if it's relevant enough :) I won't post every release of our project, but this being a pretty big announcement, I figured it would be ok:

We are proud to announce the rename Drools Planner to OptaPlanner starting with version 6.0.0.Beta1. We are also happy to unveil its new website.

OptaPlanner optimizes business resource usage. Every organization faces planning problems: provide products or services with a limited set of constrained resources (employees, assets, time and money). OptaPlanner optimizes such planning to do more business with less resources. Typical use cases include vehicle routing, employee rostering and equipment scheduling.

OptaPlanner is a lightweight, embeddable planning engine written in Java. It helps normal Java programmers solve constraint satisfaction problems efficiently. Under the hood, it combines optimization heuristics and metaheuristics with very efficient score calculation.

OptaPlanner is open source software, released under the Apache Software License. It is 100% pure Java, runs on the JVM and is available in the Maven Central Repository too.

For more information, visit the new website.

For more information about the impact of the namechange, read this webpage.

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Yes I agree, perfectly valid post. Btw : Much better name.

(21 Mar '13, 15:36) Bo Jensen ♦

Thanks! Over a decade ago the rule engine founders called the project Drools (as in "The rules") for the fun of it. Later it got serious and they were unable to escape the drools brandname. But OptaPlanner, the planning engine, is now escaping to a less controversial name :)

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