The long-awaited, much anticpated Joomla 1.6 beta release appears to be less than ten days away from launch.
According to a posting on Joomla.org:
It is impossible to give a definite time for future releases of Joomla 1.6. Our best "guess" for the availability of future versions is late March 2010 for Beta 1 and late April of 2010 for the first stable version. The ability to deliver at these times is directly proportional to the amount of volunteer help the project receives.
As for what's left to be done before the Beta release can be, well, released, the Joomla Project summarizes:
Currently, most work focuses on finishing the backend Administrator, bringing all extensions up to a common standard. The following Administrator extensions are "Beta ready". This means they are essentially feature complete, at a consistent code standard and ready for rigourous testing. (See the list)
So how do we know that beta is really, truly about to release? As many in the Joomla community have noted since the release of Alpha 2 last October, progression toward beta has been slow and not always steady, at least to the public eye.
Joomlashack monitors the many ways that Joomla 1.6 development gets discussed in the community, and this morning we picked up on this post from one of the members of Joomla.org leadership team, who commented on seeing Beta this month by saying:
You just can't tell, but everyone can help by installing the nightly build on a test site and reporting (and solving) issues. I think we're down to bugs, but everything in the core is working without breakage.
Want to help get Joomla 1.6 to beta? Download and test the Joomla 1.6 nightly build and submit your bug reports.
We're in the homestretch. Let's hope March goes out like a lion for the next Joomla revolution.