Today we are incrementing the version number of Discourse to 1.0. We’ve been working on Discourse in public for about a year and a half now – since February 2013. Turns out that’s about how long it takes to herd an open source project from “hey, cool toy” to something that works for most online discussion communities.
Version numbers are arbitrary, yes, but V1 does signify something in public. We believe Discourse is now ready for wide public use.
That’s not to say Discourse can’t be improved – I have a mile-long list of things we still want to do. But products that are in perpetual beta are a cop-out. Eventually you have to ditch the crutch of the word “beta” and be brave enough to say, yes, we’re ready.
We’re also, at long last, unveiling our hosting service and install service: discourse.org/buy
Discourse Blog: http://blog.discourse.org/2014/08/introducing-discourse-1-0/