The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the first release candidate of version 9.6 is available for download. As a release candidate, 9.6 RC 1 should be identical to the final release of the new version. It contains fixes for all known issues found during testing, so users should test and report any issues that they find.
PostgreSQL 9.6 RC 1 contains fixes for all of the issues discovered by users when testing Beta 4, including the following open items:
As of RC 1, parallel query is disabled by default in postgresql.conf. Users wishing to parallelize queries will need to raise max_parallel_workers_per_gather.
This is the first release candidate for version 9.6. The PostgreSQL Project will create additional release candidates until all reported issues are resolved, then release 9.6.0 final. For further information please see the Beta Testing page.