Like the subject-line says, we have a new beta release of SilverStripe 3.1 ready for you all to try.
Most of the work has been on bugfixing and cleaning up APIs, so there is not a lot of new features to talk about. Instead, the beta2 release is part of the ongoing work to get SilverStripe 3.1 ready for production.
If you haven't heard about what's coming in SilverStripe 3.1, you might like to watch the recent presentation I gave covering what's under the hood.
To install a test version, you can visit Pre-release Downloads, or you can use Composer. If you already have Composer installed, you can set up a new 3.1.0-beta2 site on your computer in the directory "~/Sites/newproject/" by running this command:
composer create-project silverstripe/installer ~/Sites/newproject 3.1.0-beta2
Although installing Composer is an extra step, we think that it is the best way of installing SilverStripe, because it handles module management and upgrades better than manually downloaded files. See the Composer Installation Docs for more information.
The next release will be SilverStripe 3.1.0-RC1, which we expect to have ready late April or early May. Between now and then, we'd appereciate any feedback and bug reports that people have. Note that we're not going to be adding many new features between now and the stable release, so that we can focus on removing bugs.