We would like to invite all of you to test this new version of the public beta. It is considered a critical update, because bugs have been found and resolved that might cause data loss in some cases. Remember, we expect there to be bugs, and the purpose of a beta release is to facilitate finding and fixing all of them - but we're still trying to keep on top of the more critical bugs, as closely as possible. Please don't ask for a final release date, because we are still working on it.
While updating, please note that many templates and language files have changed. For details, you can check the changelog - however, in most cases these changes won't cause problems unless you:
- modified the default theme. (you should create a copy instead...)
- are using language files other than the default four. (they should be updated soon, though.)
Remember that we always listen to feature requests, bug reports, and questions about the code. Code review is a wonderful and great part of any project like this. For more information on how to get involved with SMF, please see the page about just that
. But remember, sometimes what you think is a bug might not be what we think is a bug; sometimes you will want a feature we don't see as part of the distribution. We still want you involved, and some of you can help even more by making packages, themes, and so forth for SMF.
Please remember to read the license. Even if you do not, you are bound by it and may not redistribute SMF or change/remove any displayed copyrights. We will go after people who do not follow these terms, so if you are not willing to abide by them please do not use SMF. Remember that, currently, you are not allowed to redistribute any of the files, in part or full, released in the packages available for download.
For new users - it's important to note that this is a big change from YaBB SE. While it may seem to work the same in many ways, one look at the code... one look at the templating system... should show you it is not at all the same. Many settings and options have changed and been moved, and it is highly recommended that you play with a separate install or upgrade before upgrading your main forum
- if you must, indeed, use it in production. It will take you time to get used to where the new settings are, and it will take time to ask questions here. If you prepare, you won't have to worry about emergencies later.
You can always find information posted here about things like installation
, and more. As development continues, you will see more and more tutorials, FAQs, and manuals for SMF - this is just another part of development.
If you need any more help with anything to do with SMF, please do not hesitate to ask questions
. And for those who need a little to get going, the downloads themselves are, of course, here:http://www.simplemachines.org/download.php
Thank you for being a part of SMF,