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Today, the Joomla Production Leadership Team released Joomla version 1.7.1. This is the first patch upgrade of Joomla 1.7 and is recommended for all users. In addition to 3 security fixes, it also includes 96 tracker issues fixed in SVN.

Most of this release is about fixes, although there are some new features as well.

As previously mentioned, Joomla 1.6 reaches end-of-life today. That means there will be no security patches or other changes to the 1.6.x branch of the code.

The good news is that upgrading to Joomla 1.7 is pretty straight-forward.

joomla-version-17The Joomla team has now released Joomla 1.7.0 stable. This version includes many fixes and improvements over the 1.6 version.

Key updates in the new version include pre-defined search options, a new defense against form manipulation, language specific font settings and more.

Most notable, however, is the fact that you can upgrade from the latest version (1.6.5) from inside the Joomla administrator. No more FTP upload of files!

This might seem like a simple thing to do, but it has taken some time to get this right.

joomla-week-27Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 27: 

• What You Need To Know About Joomla 1.7

• Cloud.com, recently acquired by Citrix for $250m is running on Joomla! & K2

• New Joomla templates from Joomlashack

• Ecolift Joomla 1.6 Template Released

• Our Tienda Joomla Templates Updated

• Powerplay Joomla 1.6 Template now available

• News Cycle Joomla 1.6 Template now available

Joomla 1.7 statusThe release of Joomla 1.7 is not far away. In fact, the stable version (1.7.0) is scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 19 (new date!).

In this post, you'll find some dates and information on upgrading to Joomla 1.7 from versions 1.5 and 1.6.

The Alpha version of 1.7 was released on June 5th.

Joomla 1.7.0 beta is targeted for release on Tuesday, June 28.

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After Kyle Ledbetter left JoomlaPraise a while ago to start TapTheme, he's been busy building admin and mobile templates for Joomla.

His latest offering is the TapTheme Android template for Joomla. The template gives the user a customized experience when surfing your site from an Android phone.

Using a free plug-in, the template is automagically loaded when visited by an Android handset.

Joomla 1.6 beta 2As expected, the third beta version of Joomla 1.6 was released yesterday. It's been two weeks since the last release, and the development team has kept it's promise of delivering time-based beta releases of Joomla 1.6 every 14 days.

Joomla 1.6 beta 2If you've been following the Joomla! project for a while, you know that the releases have been sporadic and non-predictable. Especially the releases for Joomla! 1.6 (alpha / beta) have been far apart. Until now, that is.

At J! and Beyond in Wiesbaden, Chris Davenport of the Joomla! Development team told the crowd that future Joomla! releases will be date-based. This means at first that new beta versions of Joomla! 1.6 will be released every 14 days. Beta 3 is scheduled for June 14th 2010. The result being that the version will be released with the bug fixes added up until that point. This will continue until we have a release candidate and then a stable version of Joomla! 1.6.

After the release of 1.6, the plan is a release of a new major version of Joomla! every 6 months. Which means a release of 1.7 six months after 1.6 is launched etc.

joomla-logoOnly some ten days has passed since my last update on Joomla 1.6. Then, the latest news was that Joomla 1.6 beta 1 would be released around now.

Today, however - the Joomla Production Team released news that they would soon announce the release of Joomla 1.6 Alpha 2. Apparently, the ACL (Access Control List) functionality is what makes the project take more time than previously expected.

joomla-logoWhen Joomla 1.6 Alpha was released a few months ago, the original plan was to release the beta version six weeks after that, in August. However, the time came and no beta arrived. So what happened, and what's the status of Joomla 1.6 as of now?

Hannes Papenberg from the Joomla 1.6 Release Team has done a write-up on the current status. He explains why Joomla 1.6 beta 1 was delayed and outlines some of the features we will be seeing.

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