Due to a serious bug in GDAL 1.7.0 resulting in all Erdas Imagine files produced by the release being unreadable to any non-GDAL applications, including Erdas Imagine, the project has decided to retract the 1.7.0 release. In it's place today we have issued a GDAL/OGR 1.7.1 release. I sincerely hope that use of 1.7.0 in the wild will not end up producing unreadable Erdas Imagine files that haunt us for years.
The introduction of the bug was due to a very subtle issue, and it didn't affect GDAL's ability to read the files. So our extensive regression tests for this file format did not detect any problems. But the lesson would appear to be that we still need mechanisms to do cross testing with other packages as often as possible. We are looking into ways of more vigorous and organized cross testing at major releases.