Joomla! 1.5 was released Jan 22, 2008.
One and a half year later, Joomla!1.6.0 Alpha - Codename [hope] appears on the horizon (download area Joomla 1.6). Since June 23th Joomla! 1.6 Alpha was downloaded 9,500 times (as of July 2nd). The 9,500 downloads comprise of 8,000 in zip format, 1,000 in tar.gz format and 500 in tar.bz2 format. Zip seems to be the most popular format. Many open source projects rely on the tar.gz format (f.e. Drupal) and limit with this decision unnecessary there downloads. In this case Joomla! is a good example of user friendly behaviour!
What's already new in Joomla 1.6 Alpha[hope]?