WordPress 2.5 slated for March 10th – really?
Apparently they are quite serious about rushing out WordPress 2.5 by March 10th – just three weeks away. I am suspicious of the 2.4 version number jump and how freaked out people are going to be over the color/style changes in the admin menu (which seem rather harsh to my eyes). Also, Matt stated in the #wordpress channel that people should not mind scrolling down two pages to change the slug or date on a post – they are getting rid of the sidebar.
Fortunately the sidebar can be hacked back in fairly easily. Not so much the old colors. I suspect someone will give it a try though. Admin plugins still seem to work fine with 2.5 however.
Oh there are also currently 500 open tickets for WP 2.5 – most of which will probably be swept under the rug for 2.6 I guess.
bbPress is going to get way out of sync with the 2.5 release. I want to encourage them to release the alpha trunk build 1075 as 0.8.5 to kinda match the numbering and also because of the password cookie change.