One way of keeping up with the latest WordPress development is to install WordPress using Subversion. Subversion is an open source version control system. Using Subversion is a great way of synchronizing your WordPress install with the latest code changes in WordPress development.
In this example, we will install WordPress files in the /var/www/wordpress directory using the Subversion checkout. We will get the latest WordPress development code in the main WordPress “trunk” at Automattic’s. To install WordPress using Subversion:
cd /var/www/wordpress sudo svn co http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/trunk .
At this moment, there’s a big redesign of the WordPress’ Dashboard. The design changes will be part of the WordPress 2.7 release. The Dashboard changes are significant. The redesign employs a new menu system with an entirely different look and feel.
To keep up with daily development, I’ve installed a WordPress instance using Subversion. Updates to my install with the main development track called “trunk” can be synchronized in seconds using a simple command line entry (see below).
# sudo svn update
Having a WordPress instance maintained by Subversion is key to keeping up with the latest WordPress development. It’s a great way of familiarizing oneself to the upcoming WordPress release before it hits the general public.
You can also participate in the testing and bug reporting. The WordPress community can always use a few more users to test the greatest and latest code.