WordPress 3.1 Release Candidate 1 now available

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Fa la la la la, la 3.1.  WordPress 3.1 RC1 is out as the waning hours of Christmas are upon you.  Andrew Nacin has been a bug machine over the last few days, and after a plea from Jane Wells, the WordPress team thinks they’ve all been squashed.

So, what does RC1 mean? Well, they think the release is stable.  However, as Nacin puts it on the official release post:

An RC comes after the beta period and before final release. That means we think we’re done. We currently have no known issues or bugs to squash. But with tens of millions of users, a variety of configurations, and thousands of plugins, it’s possible we’ve missed something. So if you haven’t tested WordPress 3.1 yet, now is the time! Please though, not on your live site unless you’re extra adventurous.

So, it’s not quite ready for a live site, but you can at least give it a test drive! The features you see now will be what we get in the official release. Nacin also wants us to know that now is not just a time of testing for developers, but for users too. So if you aren’t a code fanatic, go and try to break 3.1 one with some really creative tests posts.

If you do find a bug, there are a variety of ways to report them.

Check out the official release post for more details and a direct download link, or go and download the beta tester plugin and update to the “bleeding nightlies” version.

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