Time frames are subject to resource availability.
Ok, now that I said the legal mumbo jumbo...
Our goal was to be ready for beta testing early 2nd Quarter. In order to help us faciliate this goal, we have added 2 more people to the Cacti development group. Jimmy (cigamit) will be working very closly with me on the Plugin Arch for 0.9.0 and is currently working on the Event Manager. PJ (Linegod) is working on Documentation and genernal interface coding. Ian (RaX) is currently working on the new Template system after finishing the new look and feel of the UI. Larry (TheWitness) is working on the polling system and cactid, but his time has been dedicated to his MACTrack addon. I'm currently working on the new user auth/management system.
As with any project that is run by volunteers, we all do this in our free time. I will be honest, my time over the last 4 weeks has been limited. I had planed to have the new user auth system done in 0.9.0, but I haven't had the time. I'm back in the saddle, per say, and working on it this weekend.
At this point, I would feel confortable with saying we will be ready for beta testing late 2nd quarter. We have had some issues with feature creep and we have reordered priorities, IE including plugin arch, of 0.9.0 around the turn of the year.
If you would like to be included in the beta testing group, please email me your Forum username, mantis (bugs.cacti.net) username and real name.
More questions, please let me know.