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Joomla! Development Team so far has been following its committed Beta release schedule closely. Ever since it started Joomla! 1.6 Beta phase, every other week we receive a new Beta version. Yesterday (6/28) Joomla! 1.6 Beta 4 was put online for download.

If you are interested in trying it out, you may download it at http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/frs/?action=FrsReleaseBrowse&frs_package_id=5300.

 

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Ever since Mootools 1.2 was released in 2008, many Joomla! developers have faced the dilemma of whether to upgrade by applying a unofficial hack so as to enjoy the improvement provided in the new version or stay with the default Mootools 1.1 to ensure stability and compatibility. All of that will change when Joomla! 1.5 with Mootools 1.2 is released on July 15, 2010.

The coming Joomla! 1.5 release will include a plugin which, once activated, replaces the core JHtmlBehavior class with its own implementation that enables Mootools 1.2. A compatibility layer will be loaded with Mootools 1.2 to allow legacy applications written in older Mootools 1.1 continue to function. However, in case of problems after enabling the plugin, administrators can disable the plugin and revert back to using Mootools 1.1.

You can read the original announcement and download the code to try it out.

 

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Continuing its 2-week cycle, Joomla! 1.6 Beta 3 has just been released by Joomla! Development Team. This release fixes about 102 issues since Beta 2. Next Beta release will be announced on June 28, 2010. Beta release is intended for evaluation purpose only. Please do not use this version on any production systems.

You can download Joomla! Beta 3 here.

 

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Just realized I missed out the announcement of Joomla! 1.6 Beta 1 release. Joomla! Team on May 17, 2010, announced the first Beta for everyone willing to conduct beta test on her/his own server. You can read the official announcment "Joomla! 1.6 Beta Now Available" and use the link at the end of that article to obtain the package.

Here are some key features listed in the official press release:

  • New Access Control System - Allows site administrators control over who can view and manage content.
  • Unlimited Depth Organizational Model - Gives site administrators and content creators user-defined category levels that allow for the creation of a category tree with as many or as few levels for organizing articles and other content as needed.
  • One-Click Extension Updates - Allows users to keep sites secure and controlled by simplifying the process of updating extensions.
  • Semantic XHTML Layouts - Provides a better baseline for content presentation.

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On the day of Joomla! 1.5.17 release, there was an article posted by Sam Moffatt, a member of the Joomla! Production Working Group Leadership Team, attraced some attention from Joomla! users and started interesting debates. At the center of this small controversy is the article "Microsoft signs the Joomla! Contributor Agreement."

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