I´m and Engineering professor at a Federal University in Brazil, using moodle 1.9 as a stragegy for teaching my courses as b-learning (at the classroom and on line). I´ve been using moodle since 2007.
Since December 2010 I´ve been testing the 2.0.1 release in an upgrade from my 1.9 site. After some little issues, I´ve got 2.0.1 up and running.
For us in Brazil this months (december, january) is the vacation time (summer) and the University classes for the 2011 first semester begin this month (february). The vacation was an ideal time to move on and upgrade, and so I did it.
Well, the excitment with the new version is almost gone for now because three annoying things that made me get back to 1.9 and stay in there at least one semester more. The main annoying things, for me, are:
1) Slow, slower, too much slow. 2.0 is slower, sometimes very slower than 1.9. Sometimes it is so too slow that hangs the browser (IE, FF,…). Not good at all.
2) Backup errors, Backup fine/Restore errors. I´ve experienced a lot of problems with back/restore courses, a critical issue for me as new courses offering is better created with a full restore and later little changes or improvements.
3) Where my files? Downloading repositories.... The new file management system has its appeal, but we lost flexibility and easiness.
The first one (slow, very slow) appears to be caused by the new navigation feature (mainly) and, as I´ve noted in the logs from the web server, also for missing images files. But the point is, 2.0 as we have now, is slower in a way more than acceptable to move up.
The backup/restore issue is critical to me, as a professor also.
The new file management approach is nice and a good idea in terms of saving disk spaces, external files, etc, but is not very intuitive, the small icons to manipulate them (delete, for instance)... and lack the easy way that a professor load and reach his or hers files in the server, as in 1.9.
Well, for me, for now, I stay with 1.9, that appears a little ugly now compared with 2.0, but is faster, reliable, and I got the back/restore smoothly as usual.