WordPress 2.0.5 RC1

WordPress 2.0.5 RC1 (release candidate 1) is out. A number of changes have been made to 2.0.5 RC1 since we saw beta 1. There have been quite a few fixes and enhancements made in 2.0.5 so far, although most of them are pretty minor.

I upgraded this blog to 2.0.5 RC 1 a few hours ago. I haven’t noticed any problems or anything acting strangely, so 2.0.5 RC1 seems pretty stable. Not really a surprise, I was running betas and all sorts of weird releases a year ago or so, and all of them were stable as could be. I’ve come to expect near perfect beta and RC releases from the WordPress team. They do an excellent job.

If you’re interested in running this, you can download the nightly releases by joining the WP Testers mailing list. You can also download 2.0.5 RC 1 via subversion. To grab the latest release candidate with subversion, issue this command:

svn co http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/branches/2.0

After issuing that subversion command you will have the latest copy of WordPress 2.0.5, weather it’s 2.0.5 RC1 or even a newer release.


Widgetbox In Public Beta

This Widgetbox service looks very promising. It’s an online directory of web widgets for blogs or other web sites. Similar to Apple and Yahoo Widgets, except these are for the web.

Widgetbox also has a section where developers can submit their own widgets for others to download and use. They also have a feature that allows you to quickly manage widgets you’ve already installed.

Widgetbox is currently free and will probably always be. As the service matures, they’re likely to add more features that will be available only after paying a fee for that feature. It’s a really neat service, one that looks like it will definitely become more popular as word gets out.

[via Ajaxian]