Kunena 5.2 Beta 1 Released (24 Sep 2020)

The Kunena team is thrilled to announce the first public beta release of Kunena 5.2, a native Joomla extension for Joomla 3.9. This is a development release and should be only be used for testing; this version is not recommended for live websites at this stage.

The purpose of this release is to encourage testing by downloading, installing and identifying any problems or shortcomings that people may discover. K 5.2.0 B1 is stable and we are aware that people will discover defects. We encourage you to use the forum to report defects, as soon as they are discovered, so that the development team can work through the problems before the release of K 5.1 as a stable product. Reporting defects does not mean that the problems can or will be fixed. The Kunena team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how well we have achieved our design goals.

Solved Kunena 5 RC Releases Upgradable?

4 years 3 months ago #1 by eSilverStrike
I've decided to setup my categories etc. using Kunena 5 since my forum will not really get going until the end of the summer (which I hope the final release is not to far off).

Will I be able to upgrade the release candidates as new ones comes out and when the final release comes out without loosing all my config info and data?


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4 years 3 months ago #2 by Josh
As far as I know, yes. I was able to upgrade from RC2 to RC3 easily. B) No lost data and no lost options that I know of (I probably looked through all the options since the upgrade multiple times). The main thing to consider is that Blue Eagle is not supported at all, so the template will be changed. There are a handful of issues with K5, however it's gotten stable enough to use. Most of the issues I've found are styling and UX related.

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4 years 3 months ago #3 by eSilverStrike
Thanks. That is what I thought but just wanted to confirm before I put to much work into it.

K5 does seem pretty stable (since it is now out of beta and is a release candidate).

I am using the new Crypsisb3 template since my Joomla site template already uses bootstrap 3.

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4 years 3 months ago #4 by sozzled
I agree with @Josh. From what I've read, upgrading from K 4.0 to K 4.0 should be fairly straightforward. As far as I can tell, K 5.0 contains one additional database table (someone can correct me if I am mistaken) and no structural changes to the other tables. This should mean that K 5.0 should be backwardly-compatible with K 4.0 and, if you find K 5.0 is not workable in your environment, you should be able to downgrade to K 4.0.

As far as the stability of K 5.0 is concerned, that's a matter of opinion. I agree with @Josh that there are issues with styling that affect the UX but I would add that there are bigger problems with the UI. However, given the history of development with K 4.0, there are a few question marks surrounding the stability of the feature set within K 5.0. Will new features be added that break parts of the system that previously worked; that kind of thing.

Unlike K 4.0 which effectively went through ten beta releases (during which time there were new features—some of which affected third-party template developers—added to the core) until K 4.0.6 was released, K 5.0 has been relatively more "stable". The bigger problems with the overall UX are, in my opinion, more to do with how users of Crypsis will adapt to the new appearance and layout of the forum controls. It is for reasons of the stability of the feature set, given the experience of K 4.0, that will prevent many people from adopting K 5.0 after the first "stable" version is released.

Overall, it would seem that should be few (if no) technical reasons preventing people upgrading Kunena.
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4 years 3 months ago #5 by 810
The overall UX issues are fixed on next RC.

You can always downgrade, or update later again.

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