the first rule of punbb club is you do not ask when the next version will be released.
the second rule of punbb club is you do not ask when the next version will be released.
the third rule of punbb club is you DO NOT ask when the next version will be released.
Given the above, and that pinning down a project like this to specific dates would be futile, where should a newbie like me be looking to get a sense of the following:
1. Are there any general policies used with respect to release cycle? e.g. the GNOME (Linux desktop) project releases every 6 months regardless; phpBB promise 1,000 features and lock themselves away in a dark corner for years on end with nothing usable to show for it... basically different projects have different approaches.
2. Scope of 1.3 release - it seems that actual features are not what it's all about, but making plugins/mods -> extensions highly managable. This is IMHO a Good Thing because I've seen the pain of maintaining a heavily modded BB while trying to cope with security updates (or even benefit from new features). But anyway, will there be much more in 1.3 beside all that?
3. At what approximate stage of development is 1.3? Sandbox, alpha, beta, beta and feature complete? Or is this unknown?
4. Is there a time frame in mind at all, or is this just totally taboo? I'm thinking in terms of Q4 2005, Q1 2006, etc. and not expecting anything firm.
Obviously the developers have a life, and forums shouldn't be clogged up with the same question, but if you look at it from the user's point of view, a little bit of insight can be helpful. I need to decide if it's worth migrating my phpBB forum to PunBB, and if so, whether to go with the 1.2 or 1.3 branch.