osCommerce announces the final beta for V3.0
Is osCommerce dead?
Everyone has long awaited the final release of osCommerce V3. While it has seemed to take a long time to get from concept to delivery, everyone who uses it will appreciate not just the effort but the thoroughness that has gone into producing what is and has always been the most stable and secure eCommerce Open Source solution around. Is osCommerce dead? Not at all and, unlike its competition which issues patch after patch, release after release, it is not even sick.
Alive and well and better than ever
The osCommerce team stated “We are proud to announce the fourth and final alpha release of osCommerce Online Merchant v3.0 codenamed “Vanillekipferl”. The focus with this release has changed from implementing additional core features to, instead, concentrate on the core framework and to add new features to future releases. This allows v3.0 to be finalized and released much sooner with a stable framework and allows for a much faster release cycle to introduce new features.
This release is a stable production-ready release and will be the first supported release in the v3.x series. This release is still marked as an Alpha release due to framework changes that are still planned. We therefore recommend the installation of this release to those that are performing it themselves, and for hosting and service providers to wait until the final release of v3.0 before making it available to their customers.
The community add-ons site is now accepting uploads for this release and discussion channels are open in the community support forums.
The osCommerce Online Merchant v2.2 to v3.0 migration tool will be made available by the end of March for existing installations to use, and is only recommended to those that will be updating their installations leading up to the final v3.0 release.”
For more information, please visit: osCommerce Online Merchant v3.0 Alpha 5.
I wanted to get an osCommerce site. Should I wait for V3.0?
Personally I would not. The reasons are several:
1. Although it has been heavily tested within development environments, it has not been widely tested in real live situations. So unless you like being the first cab off the rank, let some other sites do the final debugging for you.
2. So far there are not a lot of Add Ons for V3.0 so you might be looking at heavy coding costs if you want extras.
3. V3 is a technology upgrade not functionality upgrade per se. You are not gaining a lot from using V3 versus RC2a.
So we say go with RC2a.
And if you are not in a hurry and can wait a couple of weeks, we’ll be releasing ozEcommerce Base which is RC2a loaded for free download from ozEcommerce.net
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