“Also its the old argument, why upgrade if its working fine? Why move to 1.5 when 1.0 is working just fine for me and my users? Why move to Vista if XP is working just fine for me and my users.”
I absolutely agree that you don’t need to upgrade when a site is working fine and doing everything you need. However, if a security vulnerability is discovered in Joomla 1.0, and no one fixes it, you are in trouble. So it’s best to upgrade to 1.5 before the expiration date of 1.0.
Software versions are never maintained ad infinitum. Some projects, like Ubuntu, have a strict end-of-life policy for each release. You always know in advance exactly how much time you have to upgrade.
Setting an end-of-life date for Joomla
Joomla hasn’t set an official end-of-life date yet for 1.0 (or 1.5 for that matter). This might sound like you still have a lot of time to upgrade, but that might not be the case. Joomla is a volunteer driven open source project. It’s dependent on how much people ‘feel like’ maintaining an older version. I doubt anyone in the project feels like doing a lot of work on 1.0 anymore, so in reality, the lifecycle could already have ended without any of us knowing it.
So that’s why we feel it’s important for the Joomla project to announce an official date for Joomla 1.0′s end-of-life asap. It serves as a promise to the community that until this date, issues will be fixed. We propose March 6, aka 03/06/09. That leaves everyone plenty of time, and it’s an easy date to remember.
It’s up to the community now to speak up: do you agree, do you think it’s too soon, or too late? Are you upgrading to 1.5 or not at all? This way we help the Joomla project to make an informed decision.