The core team is proud to announce the first Release Candidate of TYPO3 version 4.2. After the previous three Beta versions this Release Candidate starts the ramp down of TYPO3 4.2 development.
So what has changed?
Most of the work since Beta 3 has been spent with fixing bugs. About 100 bugs were fixed. All other fixes are rather minor and can be looked up in the ChangeLog.
Rich Text Editor
About a quarter of the fixed issues concerned the Rich Text Editor which should now be more stable and more compatible in general.
Inline Relational Record Editing (IRRE)
Another mayor field of work was IRRE with six bugs fixed.
Developer relevant changes
Until now it was not possible to xclass certain classes in TYPO3 due to the use of private PHP 5 visibility declaration. All private declaration were replaced with protected declarations and additional XCLASS declarations were added where they were missing.
Reminder: Raised minimum PHP version requirement
To run TYPO3 4.2 you need to have at least PHP 5.2. This move was necessary to use PHP features introduced since PHP 5.0.
Other then the highlighted bug fixes, performance improvements, and enthusiasm we again put lots of love into this release. A special thanks for the help in making this release what it is goes to the core team and all engaged community developers.
Next steps to 4.2 final
As this is a release candidate we strongly recommend this version on your sites. This is now not only recommended to developers but also to all users.
Please test this release candidate version as much as possible, especially the new features introduced with the previous alpha and beta releases! If you're using one of the new features in a project of yours already and discover bugs, please report them immediately to http://bugs.typo3.org/!
The next release will be release candidate 2. We will continue releasing RC versions in one week cycles until we feel the code base is good enough for a final release.
You can download the packages at http://typo3.org/download/packages/.