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I think we schould first craft RC6, because in RC5 both gradle and CLI execution are broken. Beside this, yes, we schould announce RC6 on FindBugs mailing list and also explain the current state and our plans.
I hope with RC6 and the announcement on FindBugs list we will get some more interest. All the maven data is most likely heavily influenced by corporate use. Not many admins are using beta versions anyway, especially from forked projects. So they have to understand where the future is and get some stable binaries to work with.
I wish the final release will follow RC6 shortly, so people could start switching to spotbugs also in production.
Additionally we should point to this list and bug tracker, because I still see people reporting bugs on the old project.