Joomla! 1.6 Release Candidate available
You can now get your hands on a release candidate for Joomla! 1.6. But it’s actually not that stable, so don’t use it on production websites just yet.
A “Release Candidate” means that software with that name is very stable. Stable enough to carefully start using on your new Joomla! projects. Unfortunately, this first RC is not as stable as it should be. That is why many prominent Joomla! developers are advising users to not use it on important projects just yet.
What you can do however, is start testing Joomla! 1.6 on a demo location, and report/discuss any bugs you find back to the project in the Joomla! Bug Squad mailing list. If you do this, a stable version in January, that can be used on new projects, is just a few steps closer.