Janmos, it would be great if you would sign up as a sponsor. The information on how to do so is on joomla.org and of course there are donate buttons throughout the websites. It's fantastic that you want to do that; more people should.
So, here's the thing. We can all guess and say it will be RC before the end of the year. If that makes you happy, and you promise not to complain if it is not true, great go ahead and work with it.
We can say we hope RC will only last 2 months. Again, if that makes you happy and if you don't mind that it might be completely inaccurate and promise not to make rude posts if it isn't true, more power to you and enjoy it.
For everyone else, truth is, though, do we know if some major problem is going to emerge in RC? No. Could some new complex issue show up in the tracker this week that takes a month to solve? Certainly possible. So as with anything involving software I would not schedule things around anticipated release dates whatever their source. If you are testing and reporting your results to help make all that happen sooner.
Thanks, that's all I was after.
I don't expect to hold you to anything. I know how things can change.
All I wanted was to know where you're at roughly.
If all of the developers mysteriously died in plane crashes, it might take another year.. I get it. Or if there is a mysterious piece of code that you just can't seem to find it could take more time. So thanks for actually trying to guestimate, I really appreciate it and all of the work you guys have done over the years.
I had no idea if it was getting close or if I should rebuild with typolight because it might take another 6 months to have an RC and then a 1.6.0.
Typolight looks like it has more options, but I trust joomla more and really want to see it win the battle of all of the CMS projects out there.
I'm just not good enough with PHP to do much at this level, and don't have much spare time right now, or I would try to help.
Perhaps you might consider something that typolight does, that might raise more funds for the devs.. you could charge a fee for the really good add-ons, like take a small cut out of all of the best ones.. then you'd get a piece of the action on a regular basis.. it would only be fair if you get a cut from some of the 3rd parties making commercial money off your work.
However, I can see Joomla taking off as a purchasable project after 1.6. The ACL is the key component that will surge a huge growth in using Joomla. I don't know the physics of how it would happen, but I would bet money Joomla will not be free for too much longer (a year or two) if not because it is under a different name and license or whatever.
Things almost always start free, but never stay that way if they are any good.