Torsten's question about what the release number should be got me thinking a 
bit what I would expect from a 3.0 version, and I thought maybe I can put my 
outcome for a discussion:

I think what makes the difference isn't so much new cool feature, but really a 
good and intuitive integration of the existing features. Say, in particular I'd 
like to see for a 3.0 (I'm focusing mainly on my area of expertise...):

* lightfields and Rembrandt working together
* lightfields properly supported by Basic Weather 

or even better

* a redesign of the weather interfaces, basically going to the unified weather 
system people have been talking about - some ideas and brainstorming urgently 

Then some fixes for long-standing, not really critical but annoying bugs

* the current rain system still only works for Basic Weather
* turbulence should affect YaSim and JSBSim the same way

Then maybe some cool, but not so important features to make things complete:

* lightning (and thunder?) for thunderstorms
* windsocks moving with ground wind rather than wind at aircraft position

Ideally, making full use of things we already have to present the best possible 

* regionalized random building types
* dedicated texture packs for the main vegetation zones
* exploit the placement mask possibilities fully

And then, ship 3.0 with (finally) the next edition of a world scenery release, 
so we can really present much better visuals! So, personally I'd like 3.0 to be 
a release that doesn't only have cool features, but also cool features which 
work basically everywhere and a release that doesn't have the current snags 
like 'this doesn't work with that, and the GUI is counter-intuitive and so on.

Let me be the first to admit that it's much more fun doing my own stuff the way 
I like and then just merge it in. But if we can find consensus about any plan 
having to do with integration of new features and making it all work together, 
then I'm willing to reserve the majority of my coding time for working towards 
that goal. Would this be something to aim for in a 3.0 release?

* Thorsten
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