One of Wordpress lead deverlopers said on his blog: We’ve set March 10th as the release date, that means that until version 2.5 March 10 release will be spent fixing the bugs in existing features, not adding more. And that’s a lot of bugs, as much of the admin redesign hasn’t yet been completed.
WordPress 2.5 is now in feature freeze. No more new features will be added. Today we enter our beta cycle with full force. Concentration will be on fixing bugs, polishing up the new admin design, and finishing off the new features that are already in. We still have some styling work to do on the new design, but the big changes are already in.
We’ve set March 10th as the release date. This gives us a month of bug fixing. We’ll start off our bug hunt cycle with a hunt on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 17:00:00 UTC. If you’re comfortable with testing almost-beta code, stop by #wordpress-bugs and help us polish up the new admin design, test the plugin updater, and fix bugs. After the bug hunt, we’ll announce the schedule for our weekly beta packages and bug hunts.