Joomla 1.6 Beta Coming Soon
The Joomla Project has just announced the release of Joomla! 1.6 alpha 2 and stated that there will be no other alpha. Beta is coming next for this widely-used content management system for Web publishing.
Open to the general public, the Joomla! 1.6 alpha 2 is not a stable version, so it should only be used by developers and hobbyists for preview purposes and to try and understand the changes from the current 1.5 version.
Faster than Joomla! 1.5 (as stated by the developers), Joomla! 1.6 answers many of the requests from the community. This alpha 2 is already a vast improvement over the first alpha.
A better implementation of Access Control List is promised. With it in place, it will be easier to define access management for global permissions as well as content item-specific permissions.
At the Joomla developers website (where you can also get the link to download the alpha version), you can find a list of all the expected changes in Joomla!. The implementation is not just cosmetic, in terms of frontend and backend, but goes much deeper: unlimited depth categories, a comments system, a new uploader for the media manager, things that users asked for and that will make the use of the program even easier.
But the underlying engine, with the code substantially reduced, is also completely revamped, in an effort to keep Joomla! as one of the most popular CMSes.