BuddyPress 1.5 beta 3 is ready for your laser glare of scrutiny

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John James Jacoby emerged from the depths of code this morning (presumably) to post that BuddyPress 1.5 beta 3 is now available.

In case you’re new to software betas, here’s briefly the way it works. Plugins like BuddyPress (and WordPress itself) is released in beta to allow others to test with it and find bugs. Any number of beta releases may be needed. In this case we’re on the third beta. Once these are finished the release candidates will start, usually denoted as “RC 1” or “RC 2.” Those are the closest releases to the final, ready-for-the-public version.

So BuddyPress 1.5 isn’t quite here, but it’s getting quite close. The target for a full public release was the end of August, so it’s safe to expect a good deal of activity in the coming days. If you’d like to give BuddyPress 1.5 beta 3 a try, only on development installations, then check out the archive link at the bottom of this trac page.

For the BuddyPress folks among us: what do you think of the progress so far? Just how awesome is the public 1.5 release going to be?