v1.8 "Summer Beta"
Paris, France - Developers at b2evolution have announced a watershed release of their open source blogging application. The latest version, code named "Summer Beta" (version 1.8), brings a whole new engine into their multi-lingual, multi-account CMS system.
"Think security, stability, functionality, flexibility and power," said Francois Planque, lead developer, in an exclusive interview with a Randsco reporter.
"The only thing it doesn't do, is make wine!" he exclaimed.
The new version follows 8 months after the public "Alpha" release, which gave users the opportunity to see some of the new features. Most were impressed.
"Watch out Word Press!" exclaimed one user.
In a bold move, Randsco has migrated to this new version and has been running it for a couple of days. A few bugs have been identified, but so far, everything seems to be working at about 95% capacity. (If you should spot any unusual behavior, please Contact Us).
Should you upgrade? Depends. If you're upgrading from any previous version and have a custom skin, you're in for a bit of work, as some of the variable names have changed and you'll need to put in some work to get your skin converted. (Especially the feedback file). I'd recommend running parallel for a bit, with a copy of your current database, then moving things over, only after you've got it all sorted.
On the other hand, if you use a generic skin, one that ships with b2evolution, then go for it, as the conversion work is already done. If you use another skin from the repository, check to see if it's already been converted, as EdB has been working at getting a bunch converted.