Welcome to the April 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter (see here previous versions)
It's been a while since the last issue, almost a year, but things have been hectic around here, we had some turbulent times that kept us busy, and there are only 24 hours in a day But we hope that we'll be able to get back to our regular monthly cycle.
The most important thing is that XOOPS development is going forward, with XOOPS 2.5.5 Final released this week. This is the best XOOPS version ever, with several bugs being fixed.
In parallel to working on XOOPS 2.5.5, the Core Team has also worked very hard on cleaning up and refactoring of the Core as the foundation for XOOPS 2.6.0, and you'll see the results soon. Just to give you an idea about the magnitude of the work that especially Trabis did, is the fact that the current XOOPS 2.6.0 Core, which is still in the pre-Alpha stage, already runs on PHP 5.4 with NO SINGLE error in E_STRICT mode. If you want to check out the source code, you can download it from our SourceForge SVN, but be aware - this is a "pre-Alpha" code and a lot of wrong things can happen, and a lot of things are missing.
The current focus is on improving quality and streamlining the source code so we have a solid foundation for the future. There was just too much PHP4 and old XOOPS related code that got accumulated over time, and we needed to get rid of all this "baggage"
So XOOPS 2.6.0 will be our focus for the upcoming months, as well as finalizing our Basic Module Pack, with all the module sharing the same "look & feel"
The key to make all of this happen, is to have enough developers and contributors. So we would like to encourage everybody to ask themselves a question:
What can I do for XOOPS?
What could I contribute to XOOPS?
We cannot expect that few people will do everything:
- develop Core
- develop Modules
- develop themes
- develop documentation
- provide support
- translate into local languages
By putting too much pressure on them by expecting too much, it will only cause their "burnout" and quitting XOOPS
We need to create more teamwork and more community spirit by getting more people actively contributing to XOOPS.
Let's make XOOPS a true "Community Project"!