February 18, 2010 Update: to include the new menu system, we are pushing back all dates by 2 weeks, per updated schedule below.
Per recent development chats, we’ve worked out a project schedule for 3.0. The plan:
|January 7, 2010||
|January 18, 2010||
|February 15 March 1, 2010||Feature freeze|
|**From this point forward, there will be no more commits for enhancements or feature requests in this release cycle, only bug fixes.**|
|March 22 April 2, 2010||Begin public beta|
|March 29 April 16? May 1, 21, 25, 2010?||Begin RC|
|April 13 May 1, 15? June 17, 2010||Launch WordPress 3.0|
So: if you have made a 2010 new year’s resolution to get involved in WordPress core development, now’s the time to head on over to Trac and pick a ticket (that sounds kind of like a carnival game, doesn’t it?). Get your patches done and submitted as soon as possible, then drum up people to test the patches and leave feedback on the ticket. As stated above, no patches for enhancements or feature requests will be committed after freeze, so that we can all focus on squashing bugs and hopefully deliver the most bug-free WordPress to date. Wish us luck!