It's been quite a long time since the last major release of b2evo. The good thing about this is that our 0.9.0.x series are pretty nice and stable. The not so good thing is that a load of new features are still stuck in the development version on the SourceForge CVS... and if you're not into hacking with CVS code, you might even wonder what the hell is going on... Thus, I thought we should go for a quick update...
My first releases of b2evolution were built upon cafelog/b2 which happened to be the tool I had picked for my own weblog. Over the last two years, the code, the community and the usage of b2evo have grown far beyond my original intent. Besides, I could no longer maintain such a big project on my own personal spare time...
Fortunately, there have been two major events affecting the development of b2evo. First, the development team has grown significantly, and second, most of us have come to actually use b2evolution professionally, as part of our day jobs... with the nice side effect of virtually bringing commercial company support to the project - read: "paid development time" !
At my own employer's we use that thing we've come to call "evocore" as the framework for a major application we are building internally. This application has not much to do with blogging, but reusing all the existing framework/core code saves us a lot of time. We've also been extending the evocore significantly and I'm working on taking advantage of the new features in the higher level b2evo features and interface.
Another interesting side-effect of this is that all the original cafelog/b2 code is slowly being wiped out in favor of brand new evocore code. This wasn't originally planned until version 2.0 of (b2)evolution. However, what we have in CVS now is getting pretty close to that. So I don't know what the next release will be numbered nor when it will occur, but it might be a major one!
I don't want to talk too much for the other devs since most of what they've told me about what they are developing is still confidential, but I hope a few of them will add a few comments here and let you know.
Anyway, if you want to know where we're headed we could put it like this: we're extending the "Multilingual multiuser multi-blog engine" by focusing on these points: versatility ("multipurpose" blogging), stability, maintainability, security, professional grade codebase. We may omit to focus specifically on some fashion features but we're extending the plugin architecture so that anything you need could be hooked. (If you need some hooks in order to develop a plugin, feel free to contact me, but please use the CVS version for development.)
Finally I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all members of the development team for their contribution to the project as well as the forum moderators and daily users for their invaluable time and effort in supporting the newcommers. Not to forget the supporting users and fans who encourage us to maintain the public blog app after our already-overloaded-work-days...
Thank you all!
Stay tuned for more... or check out CVS if you can't wait!