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Many current Joomla! users are eager to experience all the new features promised for Joomla! 1.6. Yet that won't happen until Joomla! 1.6 is in beta. And, in order to get to the beta status, there is one more Alpha release for us to test.

Last Sunday (10/25) Joomla! Development Team put Joomla! 1.6 Alpha 2 on the Web for everyone willing to assist in testing or familiarize herself/himself with all the new and improved functionalities. If you are interested in trying out this Alpha 2 release, please be warned that it is only for testing purpose and you shouldn't use it on a production system.

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It is now well known that the single most important improvement in Joomla! 1.6 is the newly designed and implemented Access Control. This is also the most discussed and expected feature for everyone using Joomla!

With Joomla! 1.6 Alpha available for people to conduct tests and get familiar with, there come a couple of good introduction articles on this much anticipated ACL feature. The first one, ACL Tutorial for Joomla! 1.6, was written by a Joomla! user and forum moderator, Mark Dexter. In the article he sort of establish some conventions how to describe the ACL mechanism in diagrams. These conventions were picked up by Andrew Eddie, a Joomla! Master Developer in the Core Team, when he wrote his Introducing the new permissions in Joomla! 1.6.

Mark's article focuses more on how the Access Control is presented in the system, while Andrew tries to explain how it is in action. They are both very helpful read in understanding this new Access Control in Joomla! 1.6.

 

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Voting for the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards has started. Don't forget to cast your votes for your favorite open source CMS. Joomla! is competing in two categories:

Please click on those links and cast your votes!

 

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Joomla! 1.5.15 is coming! But, before it can be officially released, Joomla! Team needs you to help test it. The main purpose of this test release is to determine whether propsed fixes indeed allow Joomla! to run on PHP 5.3 correctly. The other reason is to make sure fixes for TinyMCE don't introduce additional bugs into Joomla! system.

In order to achieve those goals, three groups of users are needed: (1) those who use PHP 5.3 to see how this version runs on PHP 5.3; (2) those who don't use PHP 5.3 to see whether any things are broken; (3) those who use TinyMCE as the editor to check that bug fixes work as expected.

Since this is a test release, it should only be used for testing purposes, and should not run on any production environments.

Download for this test release is available at http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/frsrelease/11122/44166/Joomla_1.5.15-Test-Full_Package.zip.

In case you find any problems related to PHP 5.3, please report them at the tracker: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/tracker/?action=TrackerItemEdit&tracker_item_id=18008. For problems related to TinyMCE, please report them at http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/tracker/?action=TrackerItemEdit&tracker_item_id=17438.

 

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Four years ago, Joomla! Project was born and released Joomla! 1.0 on September 16, 2005. During these years, Joomla! quickly grows into a popular open source CMS attracting users from all over the world. Joomla! 1.0.x series has accumulated more than 1.6 million downloads on JoomlaCode site alone with more downloads on now defunct Joomla! Forge site.

As Joomla! 1.5.x series becomes the main stream release, the era of Joomla! 1.0.x has come to an end. Starting from July 22, 2009, the official support for Joomla! 1.0.x is no longer provided. Many extensions also have reduced or stopped updates for this widely used version.

Even though Joomla! 1.0.x is fading into history, you can still find it and its vast collection of extensions on JoomlaCode site. You can still utilize them to build great Web sites. Just keep in mind that its support has been terminated, and unlikey any new extensions will be coming for Joomla! 1.0.x.

 

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