The day has come! We are excited to announce that our 3.0 ALPHA release is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember it's an ALPHA release and it shouldn't be used on production sites.
This release introduces many new features, some of them really important, that's why we decided to start a new major number series in CiviCRM versioning. One of the most important new features is CiviReport, which is a completely new component for advanced reporting on your constituent data. Second significant change is a major user interface redesign with a goal of increasing usability. CiviEvent was also improved with waitlist functionality, pending status expirations, and an option for administrator approval for participants. A full list of changes, improvements and bug fixes in this release is available on the wiki and in the issue tracker.
CiviCRM 3.0alpha1 is not bug free, it's just the first version on the way to stable version. We know about some problems and are working hard to fix them before the next release (expect it a week from now). The list of existing issues is available here. If you notice any new problems, please report them as mentioned above.
You can download the release from SourceForge - select from the civicrm-latest section. The filenames include the 3.0 Alpha 1 label: civicrm-3.0.alpha1. Make sure you're downloading correct version: for Drupal, Joomla or Standalone.
If you are installing CiviCRM 3.0 Alpha from scratch, please use the automated installer instructions for respective versions: Drupal, Joomla and Standalone. Please note that at the alpha stage, the documentation might not be accurate and refers more to previous version. We are counting on your contributions to make it fully adequate before 3.0beta is available!