Impressive number of fixes, but only 2 (rather minor) new features. Any plans for more substantial new features in the 3.1 release in March?
Yes, and the biggest new feature will likely be Tags
Apparently it changed after Leo made his statement on the 16th. I'm not buying it though. But that's just me.
Yes, download page was changed and any misinformation was corrected last week. Some members of the marketing team mixed up their messages a bit and that was the reason the information was incorrect initially. It took quite a bit of work for us to all get on the same page and to be of one-mind, but we got there eventually and corrected the information appropriately.
It has been widely communicated that Joomla 3.0.x is not ready for production sites since the code changes daily and improvements are added as we communicate here as a matter of speaking
If that was communicated, it was incorrect. Also, as to the code, only bug fixes and new features are introduced. Code doesn't break daily and backward compatibility is maintained throughout the whole Joomla 3 series.
http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=710&t=757723 Completely agree and realize that this is a locked (!) topic written by a highly respected Moderator (!)
If I remember correctly, when he wrote that, he hadn't even used Joomla 3
I tried talking to him about it, but he didn't want to hear anything that I had to say and responded rather rudely, unfortunately.
Simply not ready for production. See bug tracker
as example: over 680 open items
...Enough evidence not ready? The community (and the community = Joomla) is used as Test lab which is just as it should be. We (GWS) also test Joomla 3.0.x etc but that does not means that we are in any form installing this on live sites?
Actually, that tracker contains items for both Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5. Furthermore, a status of Open doesn't mean that they are indeed bugs. A status of confirmed or of pending, however, means that they are bugs. Even if there are 680 bugs or more, that doesn't mean it's not ready for production, as it depends on the severity of the bugs. Furthermore, Joomla has over a million lines of code, so we can except there to always be bugs in it and we'll continually be finding new ones. That's just the way software is.
Code changes daily so we strongly advise NOT to use it on lives sites as well. The Stable version is scheduled for 7 month from now (scheduled!)
See above concerning changes.
Also, who is "we"? For most new sites, the PLT recommends using Joomla 3.
The stable version was scheduled about 5 months ago and that was Joomla 3.0.0. Before that was a beta version. x.0.0 signals that it's a stable version, by definition.
I regret to inform you that this is incorrect. The Joomla 3.5 Stable version of the Joomla 3.x branch is scheduled for February 2014. Nicely outlined here
which is based on the presentations on the last November Joomla World Conference (San Jose) presentations by PLT. (Production Leadership Team) 3.5 will be the first "stable"release and a LTS just as 2.5 is.
I'm happy to inform you that he is correct
and the article that you linked to doesn't say that 3.5 will be first stable release. It simply says it will be very stable and doesn't mention anything about Joomla 3.0's stability.
For what it's worth, my wife created her first ever website with Joomla 3, soon after it was released, and experienced no issues with it.
For the record, moving from Joomla 3.0 to 3.1 to 3.2 to 3.2 is NOT a migration. It is a one-click upgrade with backward compatibility support. It's similar to upgrading from 2.5.8 to 2.5.9 or from 3.0.2 to 3.0.3. So if you've ever heard that it was a migration, please forget that as it's very incorrect.
Hope this information helps you all to make an informed decision about your sites!