Is 2.0.4 for real?
Yes, it's just a bugfix release ... the 2.0.x line is feature frozen. Releases on this branch exist to fix bugs, introduce some performance improvements, etc.
This particular release (as indicated by the Changelog above) contains a large number of bug fixes. This should result in this being the most stable, secure, bug free version yet.
When will it be released?
Hopefully early next week, but that could slip to late next week (it's already slipped from this week to next)
What does it fix?
As noted above, lots of things.
Will I have to remod my board?
We will be releasing (as we have in the past) three versions of 2.0.4; full package, changed files only and patch file. Please note however that a large number of files have changed in this release so it is quite likely that a fair amount of remodding of your boards will be required. However, I suspect it'll be worth it.
What about templates and language files?
There are a couple of minor template updates (as noted in the Changelog above). Templates will need to be altered to cope with these changes. There are no changes to language files in 2.0.4 so your existing packages (if fine with 2.0.3) will be fine here.
Will there be a phpBB 2.0.5?
Quite possibly yes, as noted above the phpBB 2.0.x line is feature frozen but new releases are made to fix bugs and other issues. There are no plans to stop these releases for the forseable future.
What about 2.2?
2.2 is completely seperate, it's the next major release of phpBB2 and introduces a raft of fundamental changes. These changes include a return to more static processing. 2.0.x is often compared against other boards ... where it can look slow, the major reason is not poor code, poor database design, etc. it's purely that we do nearly everything dynamically ... this results in admin changes affecting all posts/users without any further action but requires more work at runtime.
When will 2.2 be released?
Hopefully 1st quarter 2003.
Will I be able to upgrade to 2.2 from 2.0.x?
Yes, of course you will ... we value our users and won't leave you out in the cold
Eek, it seems 2.2 requires X function in PHP!
phpBB 2.2 will require, at a minimum PHP 4.1.0 to operate. We took this decision following two polls (see Feature Discussion forum here) whereupon it became clear most users would be unaffected by this requirement.
PHP 4.1.0 will have been available for over a year when phpBB 2.2 is released. It is (in our humble opinions) therefore not unacceptable to assume providers (still running < PHP 4.1.0) will have taken a long overdue step in upgrading their PHP versions.
I don't want to change to 2.2 it looks 'orrible! Do I have to?
Of course not, no. Unlike the change from phpBB 1.x to phpBB 2.0 we will more than likely maintain downloads of phpBB 2.0.x (and periodically release updates as/when required). phpBB 1.x was flawed in a number of basic areas which meant that maintaining it was just infeasible, to fix the problems completely would've required a lot of work. Hence it was decided that support would be discontinued. The situation with phpBB 2 is different.
Where can I see phpBB 2.2?
The development board (which is phpBB 2.1 ... the .1 indicates the unstable development branch of 2.2) can be found @ http://area51.phpbb.com/phpBB22/
Keep in mind this is a work in progress so don't expect fully operational, all signing, all dancing action