All,
 
As some of you may have noticed from the LimeSurvey 2.0 Roadmap (http://docs.limesurvey.org/tiki-index.php?page=LimeSurvey+2.0+Roadmap) today marks the Alpha 2 milestone release of LimeSurvey 2.0. So what does this mean? At this point we have a fairly solid code base which contains many of the fundamental core components of the LimeSurvey 2.0 survey engine. We have made steady progress in terms of basic reporting, plug-in system for authentication and consuming external hierarchy data, defined the types assignments and how results are recorded, provided a mechanism for system level survey's for capturing user feedback, devised a solid server side validation mechanism, provided a basic installer which allows for novice and advanced users to setup and configure LimeSurvey 2.0 quickly and easily and much more. We are also making great strides in i18n and a basic survey builder.
 
Since this is an alpha release we will not be doing a code drop but rather we have created a tag in the svn repository to mark this milestone. You can use this tag to checkout the code in the LimeSurvey 2.0 Alpha release, let us know what you think. To get the Alpha 2 release use the following command:
 
svn co https://limesurvey.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/limesurvey/tags/ls2_alpha2 ls2_alpha2
 
 
Please keep checking back with the roadmap to stay up to date with our progress, it is constantly evolving and we would love feedback on our progress and/or anything we are missing. Although it is not currently on the schedule we are planning an Alpha 3 release by June 13th. The purpose of this release is to provide the functionally complete basic builder. While the basic builder will not have all the bells and whistles it will provide a mechanism for creating basic survey's in the new LimeSurvey 2.0 system and we feel it is an important enough component that we dedicate an alpha release to it. Beyond that we will be making a run at the Beta 1 release of LimeSurvey 2.0 currently scheduled for July 16th!! In conjunction with this release we plan to do a lightening talk at OSCON during the week of July 20th to discuss our progress and future plans.
 
Thank you to everyone who have been involved in the LimeSurvey 2.0 effort, your countless contributions are greatly appreciated!! We are always looking for new folks to jump on board the LimeSurvey 2.0 development effort; whether that be code, documentation, translations, ideas, or feedback. Let us know! 
 
Stay tuned for the great thing to come in Beta 1 and beyond!!!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Macasek (on behalf of the LimeSurvey 2.0 Development Team)