Earlier today, we’ve made some big changes to our roadmap and website in general which you might want to check out. What’s going on? Well, we’re changing plans, like we do so much, for ModernBB 3 and Luna. Also, meet Vanellope. Let me introduce you to our updatet roadmap.
First things first, ModernBB 3. Today, we’ve decided to launch only 1 beta and 1 release candidate of ModerBB 3 before the final will be released, instead of 3 betas and 2 RCs. We don’t feel like we needed all the time we had planned in first. Of course, this could be the result of features I’m not going to develop for ModernBB 3 anymore. So, you can expect ModernBB 3 to launch this 9th March 2014, if not even earlier. In the upcoming days, we might put it on 2nd March 2014.
From there on, we will start developing ModernBB 3.05, the first minor feature release for ModernBB 3, however, do not expect to much from it. The reason behind the change of release dates is that I don’t want to spend much time anymore on the ModernBB project, in fact, I’m pulling the plug. ModernBB 3 will be supported until the next release, when that happens, it’s goodbye ModernBB.
By now, you might start to get confused. We’re pulling the plug? It’s over for ModernBB? What…? Well, yes, and I’ve announced this a while ago already, but not with those words. I’m not planning to go anything further with ModernBB. So, what about Luna then? Well… you might want to read the updated paper (link comes later in this post). Because…:
It’s no longer ModernBB “Luna” 4.00, no, just Luna. We’re seriously concidering to drop the ModernBB brand in the future and replace it by a better brand that better fits (not sure what yet). Anyway, as we announced already, Luna will be build up from the ground. Not only will it have a brand new core, we will also start back at version 1. We’ve already started with the development of Luna. The repository is ready, we’re collecting all packages we need for the development to begin and will soon (if not today, then tomorrow) enter the design stage.
Well, Luna will be an awesome project I think. But since the brand might get ditched, where will you be able to download it? Well, just here, at modernbb.be. But we should, of course, move to another address as soon as our brand change and redirect people to that address. Our goal with Luna stays the same: get a modern and basic forum system on its feets. However, we’re not going with the classic forum concept. But mix it a bit more to make it a social experience too. How this will work out will be reveiled later on (I don’t know either how I’m going to do this anyway). Anyway, read our updated paper for more about Luna.
Vanellope will be what comes after Luna. It will be our first feature update, version 1.1 (we will go with semantic versioning again). This release will be a polishing release. It’s supposed to improve upon everything we have by then and make it more feature complete. Since this release is prety far away, I don’t have much to talk about for now. Anyway, for the people that might wonder: where does that codename come from? Well, it’s from Wreck-It Ralph (that 2012 Disney movie). The full name is actualy Vanellope von Sweetz, but who cares.