The Joomla team has decided to ditch the Ubuntu style release cycle (a truly WTF decision in the first place) and once and for all end confusion to developers, users, customers and clients from hell.
This means that the current release (3.x) is the current stable release. There is NO need to use Joomla 2.5 anymore. It won't be more stable compared to Joomla 3.x. And when 4.x is released, that will be the new stable release and so on.
An exception will be made for Joomla 2.5 and it will be supported until the end of 2014. Joomla development will then shift entirely to Joomla 3.x.
This is a good thing for everyone. For the Joomla core team (they will deal with one release only at a time), for Joomla extension developers and for Joomla integrators. This means faster release cycles, newer features coming in faster, less bugs, more Joomla users & clients happy. Everybody wins.
I'm assuming some fresh blood in the Joomla core team has finally convinsed the "wise" ones who run Joomla to move on with a better and more sane "strategy". Cause let's face it. Joomla may be far superior in technical terms compared to CMSs like WordPress or Drupal, but it has pushed people away with its weird "update" strategies ever since Joomla 1.6 was released and later on with the dual release maintenance plan (LTS and STS).
If you are a Joomla 2.5 user, make sure your extensions are 3.x compatible and simply upgrade to Joomla 3.x using an extension like CMS Update from akeebabackup.com. If you are an integrator, do the same for your clients. It's a 5 minute job if you got everything right. That's how long it took us to move joomlaworks.net from Joomla 2.5 to the latest 3.x release a couple of months ago (I bet you didn't notice the slightest bit of change...).
As JoomlaWorks, our plan is to end Joomla 1.5 support entirely with the launch of new updates for our commercial and free extensions before the summer. There will be an exception for K2 v2.x only, which we'll support with security updates until 2015. And at the end of 2014, we'll stop supporting Joomla 2.5 entirely in all our extensions. This will allow us to release updates more often and most importantly introduce new features much, much faster!
When you upgrade to Joomla 3.x, why not share it with the Joomla community? Use #sayonaraLTS on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and share your upgrade experience - and if you are an integrator, your client's feedback.
P.S. If you haven't noticed, my (late) new year's resolution is to stop writing Joomla as "Joomla!". It's truly difficult for me as Joomla! run in my veins since 2005. Let's hope the new "Joomla" marketing team will ditch the exclamation mark once and for all - a new logo wouldn't hurt too ;)
We've always put user friendlyness and ease of use above all when building our extensions. At least up to what's possible for any type of extension. Simple Image Gallery Pro was great (and still is) as a plugin that allows you to zip a bunch of files and quickly transform them to an image gallery grid. It's no wonder why the free version is one of the most popular extensions in the Joomla! Extensions Directory for many years now. People hate to use tools that take more time to deal with than the actual content they're producing. If it takes you more time to upload a gallery than shooting the actual pictures, then there's a problem. And unfortunately, many gallery components in the Joomla!sphere simply fail to deliver what they promise.
It's part of our "masterplan" to redefine what we consider basic functionality for any Joomla! site. It started with K2 and now it's moving deeper into more specialized areas. SocialConnect is an extension that -as with all things made by JoomlaWorks- came out from a real need. And it was tested extensively for more than a year on the K2 Community, before being publicly released.
When we choose to have VPS servers (aka virtual machines or VMs for short) instead of dedicated servers, we usually opt for VMware's free ESXi 5 and install Ubuntu Server as the OS for the VPSs we create on top of ESXi 5. It may not be as friendly as some VPS providers like Amazon, Rackspace etc. but you got more control and it's on YOUR hardware (pretty important actually!)...
Now, when you build a VPS on VMware, you start with say 40GBs of hard disk space. You install the OS, setup the server, move the sites on this new server and you're on. But what happens when there's no more room on the server for your site or sites and you need to add more disk space?
If you got a Mac (or Linux box) the process is quite easy. And here it goes...
I bet you never know those existed. Some are still active, some are dead. Check them out...
And in case you don't know where this all started, check Mambo.