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WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 1 Released

Since so many people are having simple problems with their WordPress 2.8 installations, the WordPress community is working tirelessly to get a point-one update out as soon as possible, and the first step on that road is to test a beta of the release.
WordPress 2.8.1 Beta 1 has been released, and they need people to test it out and see if it fixes the problems, so if you are having issues with WordPress 2.8, try the beta, and see if that resolves it.
Here are some of the errors it fixes:

  • Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
  • Dashboard memory usage is reduced. Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
  • The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
  • A problem where the rich text editor wasn’t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
  • Extra security has been put in place to better protect you from plugins that do not do explicit permission checks.

Just remember though, that beta software should never be used in a production/live environment.
Check out the blog for more details.