this is the weekly community update thread #44. Please post any news and updates you want to share with the community to this thread.
# Flink 1.5.5 and 1.6.2 have been released
The Flink community is proud to announce the two bugfix release Flink 1.5.5  and Flink 1.6.2  have been released.
# Integrate Flink SQL with Hive ecosystem
Xuefu proposed to integrate Flink more tightly with the Hive ecosystem. The discussion has been concluded with a resulting design document. If you want to learn more about these efforts please check out the ML thread  or the corresponding JIRA issue .
# News on API changes with Scala 2.12
The community is dedicated to add Scala 2.12 support with the next upcoming major release 1.7. Aljoscha laid out the required changes from an API perspective when upgrading to Scala 2.12 .
# Changing our web technology stack
Fabian kicked off a discussion about Flink's web technology stack . He noted that the stack is quite dusty and proposed to change technologies to React or Angular 2-7. If you have an opinion on this topic or want to help with this effort, then please join the discussion.
# Feature freeze for 1.7
The community works hard towards the Flink 1.7 feature freeze. Currently, the community tries to finish the last set of features (Scala 2.12 support, state evolution and fixing local recovery). It looks promising to finish these threads by middle of this week.