Here's another double release, fresh and ready, being a perfect opportunity for you to contribute to your favourite Open Source project (How? See "Step up and help out" section of this post):
Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites - however, we enourage you to install it on your test sites and let us know about any bugs or problems. The beta/final release schedule is on our wiki
There are a few public sandboxes where you can try one (or many) of above versions:
Feel free to click around and let us know what you think.
The moment of releasing CiviCRM 3.4.alpha2 and 4.0.alpha2 is a great occasion to get involved in CiviCRM community. There are many ways you can help make this release better and bug free.
Quick list of the most prominent new features and improvements in this release:
and other features, sponsored through successful Make it Happen campaigns:
More details on the new features are in the Whats new in CiviCRM v3.4 / v4.0? post
You can download the release from SourceForge - select from the civicrm-latest section. The filenames include the 3.4alpha2 and 4.0alpha2 labels, e.g. civicrm-3.4.alpha2-drupal.tar.gz or civicrm-4.0.alpha2-joomla.tar.gz. Make sure you're downloading the correct version: for Drupal or Joomla. Again, remember that 4.0 works with Joomla 1.6/Drupal 7 and 3.4 works with Joomla 1.5/Drupal 6.
If you are installing CiviCRM 3.4.alpha2 from scratch, please use the corresponding automated installer instructions:
The procedure for upgrading is described in following documents:
We will continue to include automated upgrades for subsequent alpha releases of 3.4 - so you should be able to upgrade your test site easily over the course of the release cycle.