EllisLab has posted a recap of their 2009 SXSW experience, which also includes some details about EE 2.0. Among other things, the “Gallery” module is being deprecated, with its functionality being moved into the core system; EE 2.0 contains true file management and a built-in image editor; and EE 1.6.7 (the current version) will continue to be offered long after EE 2.0 comes out.
ExpressionEngine 1.6.7 will continue to be available for download and purchase after 2.0’s release. We view 2.0’s upcoming release as more of update to an operating system. EE 1.x has a significant install base and we estimate it will take a minimum of 2 – 3 years for the majority of the community to update. We will support 1.6.7 for a long time to come and we think it will remain a viable market for add-on developers for some time.
FWIW, it’s great to see a company being as forthcoming and deliberate as EllisLab.