Today, we're happy to announce the availability of Drill 1.7.0. You can download it here.
The release provides the following bug fixes and improvements:
Monitoring via JMX
You can access Drill system-level metrics, collected by JMX, through the Metrics page in the Drill Web Console or a remote JMX monitoring tool. See Monitoring Metrics.
Hive CHAR Data Type
Drill automatically converts the Hive CHAR data type to VARCHAR. You no longer need to cast the Hive CHAR data type to VARCHAR when you query Hive tables. See Hive-to-Drill Data Type Mapping.
Drill now supports HBase 1.x.
A complete list of JIRAs resolved in the 1.7.0 release can be found here.