Now that LedgerSMB 1.3 is released, it's worth looking at the next steps.
The first is to correct new bugs reported by users in this initial phase. All issues deferred in 1.3.0 should be fixed in 1.3.1 unless something really urgent comes up.
The second is to get a few add-ons developed during 1.3 into a more production-worthy state. These include addons for budgetting, and an improved trial balance module which should perform better on big databases and also provides a number of enhanced features, such as the ability to run trial balances for a subset of accounts.
Following this, we hope to see the continued evolution of the 1.3 series through a variety of sources including community support. This will happen during the development of the 1.4 series.
Some work has already been done on 1.4 including removing dependencies on the PostgreSQL contrib modules (replacing connectby() with WITH RECURSIVE common table expressions), and the beginnings of re-engineering the financial schema to be more SODA-like. Of course these mean that PostgreSQL 8.4 will be the minimal version usable there.
A number of important framework changes will be made also including depending on Moose for new Perl code, and using a number of advanced PostgreSQL features including arrays of complex types, again in keeping with moving to 8.4 as the minimally required version.