Release News

Joomla! 1.5 RC2: Endeleo - Happy Birthday Joomla!

Joomla! 1.5 RC2 [codename: Endeleo] is now available for download.  What better way to celebrate our 2nd Birthday!  We chose Endeleo as the codename for this release candidate as it is Swahili for 'development, growth, progress ... improvement'.  Highly appropriate we feel.

It is roughly five weeks after the RC1 release and we have made major improvements in certain areas of the 1.5 codebase. Time to share another RC with the community. Some improvements and areas of changes are listed below:

  • Router refactoring solving a range of bugs
  • Media Manager refactoring, moving this to MVC standards
  • Updated scripts (version); mootools, tinyMCE, Xstandard
  • Core template improvements
  • Template language installer support
  • ... and of course a lot more
 
Note: due to the Router refactoring there will be known issues with SEF url's.

Important, you need to upgrade! In the current RC1 we found three security issues, one SQL injection, one XSS, and a few full path disclosure vulnerabilities. Those security issues are solved in the new release.

Where we go from here: as you might have read on a recent blog, we will have at least one more Release Candidate (RC3) and hope to move to a Stable release from there on.

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Joomla! 1.0.13 Released

Joomla! 1.0.13 [ Sunglow ] is now available for download.

Joomla! 1.0.13 features:

  • Several low-risk security fixes
  • Improved password storage system
  • Easier control over Register Globals Emulation
  • An Itemid backwards compatibility setting
  • Improved administrative session security
  • Improved HTTP/HTTPS switchover support

Because Joomla! 1.0.13 is a security release, it is important that you upgrade but we strongly recommend that you take extra precautions when performing this upgrade. This release features several improvements to the password storage system designed to help protect the future security of your Joomla! powered website.  These changes will cause compatibility issues with some 3rd Party Extensions, especially bridges.  If your Joomla! site utilizes bridges to other applications orextensions that have their own login system such as Community Builder,Virtuemart, or others you should not upgrade your site until thoseextensions have also been updated.

 

The changes to the password storage system should be transparent to your Joomla! site's users.  As users login for the first time after your site has been upgraded, their passwords will automatically be converted from the old password storage system to the new system.  Because of this automatic conversion of passwords, it is important that you backup your entire database before performing this upgrade.  Once the process of converting passwords has started, it cannot be reversed. 

Release Information 

1.0.13 is available as a full package,which contains all Joomla! files or as patch packages which contain onlythe files that have changed since previous Joomla! 1.0.x version.

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Austin ... the Joomla! has Landed

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/linux_unix/Austin_the_Joomla_has_Landed'; Joomla! 1.5 RC1 released at JoomlaDay Austinlead developer Louis Landry announced Joomla's release candidate of Joomla! 1.5 today.  The much-anticipated announcement of Joomla's amazing new framework was met with with enthusiastic applause.  Meanwhile, almost simultaneously, Wilco Jansens delivered the good news to a group of Joomla! fans in Germany.

"This release candidate is more than one small step for Joomla!," Louis said.  "It's a massive technology step for open source as a whole. This release candidate marks a defining moment in Joomla! history ... our progression away from old legacy code into a more powerful, flexible modern framework."

Wilco Jansens, who has been co-ordinating the release, anticipates great things.  "We hope to go to RC2 (Release Candidate Two) early August and Stable should follow very quickly after," he said.  "While working in the engine room over recent weeks, we knew we were on the brink of something great.  Let the fireworks begin," he said.

Joomla! Sells Out!
Joomla!Day Central USA (Austin) organiser Chris Justice described the timing of the 1.5 release as 'highly appropriate'.  "The Joomla!Day has been sold out for some time and unfortunately we've had to turn people away," he said.  "We're elated with the massive response and we're already planning a potential event in the Fall."

Lead developer Johan Janssens, who was unable to attend Austin, described the release candidate as proof of the health and activity of the Joomla! project.  "We have an incredible team with some of the brightest coding minds in open source, "he said.  "I am obviously biased but I'll say it anyway ... Joomla! 1.5 is the finest software release I've had the pleasure to be involved with.  What's more, the team has continued to stay focused when other distractions have been in the wind.  This is testimony to the strength of the core team, ensuring good things happen."

Codename Mapya
We've codenamed Joomla! 1.5 RC1 "Mapya" which is Swahili for "new".


The goals for the Joomla! 1.5 release are to:

  • Substantially improve usability, manageability, and scalability far beyond the any Mambo origins, hybrids or incantations.  

  • Expand accessibility to support internationalisation, double-byte characters and Right-to-Left support for Arabic and Hebrew languages.

  • Extend the integration of external applications through Web Services and remote authentication such as the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

  • Enhance the content delivery, template and presentation capabilities to support accessibility standards and content delivery to any destination.

  • Achieve a more sustainable and flexible framework for component and extension developers.

  • Deliver considerable backwards compatibility with previous releases of components, templates, modules and other extensions.

Joomla! 1.5 Stable is so close we can smell it.

1.5 is the Future ... What about 1.0?
Now let's share some legacy news.  Today also marks an incremental bug fixing and security update for Joomla! 1.0 series software.  Quality and Testing Coordinator Robin Muilwijk has been doubly busy preparing packages for an update for Joomla! 1.0.12 to 1.0.13.  "We wanted to send out a clear message that we will continue to support the 1.0 series," he said.  Wilco Jansens added that Joomla! would continue to support the legacy code for the old codebase for quite some time.