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Drupal 8 and 7 core release window on Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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2016-10-04 12:00 - 2016-10-06 12:00 UTC
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User group meeting

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, October 05. Drupal 7.51 will be released with fixes for Drupal 7. This is also the release window for Drupal 8.2.0, the next scheduled minor release of Drupal 8. (Read the release candidate announcement for more information on the minor release.)

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Chris McCafferty (cilefen) as provisional committer

With Drupal 8 now adding new features on a regular release cycle, the Drupal 8 committers identified the need for additional release management. Today I am announcing that Chris McCafferty (cilefen) has accepted my invitation to be provisional Drupal 8 committer.

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

Media in Drupal 8 Initiative plan posted for review

As we are ramping up to work on significant user improvements for Drupal 8.3, one of the key areas of progress could be with media management user interfaces and features. For that to happen, we need to agree on what we are going to work on and then have people to implement it. The Media in Drupal 8 Initiative plan is being formed and is open for feedback now if having better core media support is near and dear to your heart. Please review and post feedback on the plan.

If you'd like to get involved with the implementation, you are more than welcome! The media team meets every Wednesday at 2pm GMT on IRC in #drupal-media.

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Core topic discussions at DrupalCon Dublin

DrupalCon Dublin includes a full track of core conversations where you can learn about current topics in Drupal core development, and a week of sprints where you can participate in shaping Drupal's future.

In addition to the core conversations, we have a few meetings on specific topics for future core development. These meetings will be very focused, so contact the listed organizer for each if you are interested in participating.

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Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Start: 
2016-09-21 11:00 America/Chicago
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, September 21.

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User Guide 8.x-2.0 released!

At long last, the copy editing of the User Guide is done! (If you've been a member of this group for a while, you should know what I'm talking about; if not, go browse the archives at https://groups.drupal.org/documentation for the last 1.5 years or so). I'd like to thank everyone who helped with editing tasks, and especially Jojy Alphonso (jojyja), who did the vast majority of the copy editing. THANK YOU!

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Drupal 8 core release window on Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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2016-09-06 12:00 - 2016-09-15 12:00 UTC
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Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, September 07. Drupal 8.1.9 will be released with dozens of fixes for Drupal 8. This is the final scheduled patch release for Drupal 8.1.x and sites should plan to update to 8.2.x following this release.

Drupal 8.2.0-rc1 will also be released during this window. There will be no Drupal 7 bugfix release this month.

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This Month in Drupal Documentation

It's been way too long since we've written one of these, and a lot has happened in the last year. Yeah, that's right, it has been a year since the last "This Month in Drupal Documentation"! I can't even being to summarize the whole year in a single post, so here are some highlights of what is going on right now.

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Drupal 8.2.0-rc1 on the week of September 7 and what it means for 8.1.x

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2016-09-06 12:00 - 2016-09-09 23:55 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

Drupal has adopted semantic versioning and a scheduled release cycle starting with Drupal 8.0.0. This means that it is possible within a major Drupal version to add new functionality in a backwards-compatible way, and there is no need to wait for Drupal 9 for improvements.

The second such version, Drupal 8.2.0, is going to be released on October 5th 2016, including the following new experimental modules: Content Moderation (to manage content review workflows), Outside-In (for editing configuration without leaving your frontend), Place Block (to add blocks directly to the page), and DateTime Range (to store end dates on date fields).

To prepare for Drupal 8.2.0, we released three beta versions in August. Announcements for beta1, beta2, and beta3 detail the significant changes made for Drupal 8.2.x. Now, we are getting ready to create Drupal 8.2.0-rc1, the first release candidate, the week of September 7, 2016.

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Coding standards ratified changes and ongoing proposals

The TWG coding standards committee is announcing two coding standards changes for final discussion. These appear to have reached a point close enough to consensus for final completion. The new process for proposing and ratifying changes is documented on the coding standards project page.

Official coding standards updates now ratified:

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

We can add big new things to Drupal 8, but how do we decide what to add?

Drupal 8 introduced the use of Semantic Versioning, which practically means the use of three levels of version numbers. The current release is Drupal 8.1.8. While increments of the last number are done for bugfixes, the middle number is incremented when we add new features in a backwards compatible way. That allows us to add big new things to Drupal 8 while it is still compatible with all your themes and modules. We successfully added some new modules like BigPipe, Place Block, etc.

But how do we decide what will get in core? Should people come up with ideas, build them, and once they are done, they are either added in core or not? No. Looking for feedback at the end is a huge waste of time, because maybe the idea is not a good fit for core, or it clashes with another improvement in the works. But how would one go about getting feedback earlier?

We held two well attended core conversations at the last DrupalCon in New Orleans titled The potential in Drupal 8.x and how to realize it and Approaches for UX changes big and small both of which discussed a more agile approach to avoid wasting time.

The proposal is to separate the ideation and prototyping process from implementation. Within the implementation section the potential use of experimental modules helps with making the perfecting process more granular for modules. We are already actively using that approach for implementation. On the other hand the ideation process is still to be better defined. That is where we need your feedback now.

See https://www.drupal.org/node/2785735 for the issue to discuss this. Looking forward to your feedback there.

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Drupal core security release window on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Start: 
2016-08-17 00:00 - 23:30 UTC
Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Wednesday, August 17.

This does not mean that a Drupal core security release will necessarily take place on that date for any of the Drupal 8 or 7 branches, only that you should watch for one (and be ready to update your Drupal sites in the event that the Drupal security team decides to make a release).

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Don’t Miss the Drupal Midwest Developer Summit — Sign Up Today!

It’s 80 degrees and sunny in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan, and we are enjoying a tasty cold beverage while dreaming of sprints for Drupal 8 and the community that comes with them.

Make your plans to join us for the Drupal Midwest Developer Summit, August 19-21, on the University of Michigan campus, in Ann Arbor MI.

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Drupal 8 core release window on Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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2016-08-02 12:00 - 2016-08-04 12:00 UTC
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Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

The monthly core patch (bug fix) release window is this Wednesday, August 03. Drupal 8.1.8 will be released with dozens of fixes for Drupal 8. Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 will also be released sometime during the week to begin preparation for the upcoming minor release in October. There will be no Drupal 7 bugfix release this month.

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Gábor Hojtsy's picture

Highlights of issues you can still help with for Drupal 8.2.0-beta1

There is about a week left before Drupal 8.2 goes into beta! That means we will switch to figuring out any issues with changes in the new version instead of making new changes. For core development that means new features and API additions will move up to 8.3. I asked initiative leaders of both proposed and active initiatives for key things that could use help in the remaining time.

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Drupal 8.2.0 will be released October 5; beta begins week of August 3

Drupal 8.2.0, the next planned minor release of Drupal 8, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Minor releases include new features, usability improvements, and backwards-compatible API improvements. Here's what this means for core patches.

Drupal 8.2.0-beta1 will be released the week of August 3

  • In preparation for the minor release, Drupal 8.2.x will enter a beta phase the week of August 3.
  • Developers and site owners can begin testing the beta.
  • The 8.3.x branch of core will be created, and future feature and API additions will be targeted against that branch instead of 8.2.x.
  • All outstanding issues filed against 8.2.x will be automatically migrated to 8.3.x once it is opened.
  • During the beta phase, core issues will be committed according to the following policy:
    1. Most issues that are allowed for patch releases will be committed to all supported minor branches (8.1.x, 8.2.x, and 8.3.x) for the duration of the beta. Drupal 8.0.x is not supported anymore and changes are not made to that branch.
    2. Issues specific to added 8.2.x functionality, or disruptive changes that have a positive impact outweighing their disruption, will be committed to both 8.2.x and 8.3.x. (Such issues can be moved back to the 8.2.x branch after the automatic migration.)
    3. Most issues that are only allowed in minor releases will be committed to 8.3.x only.

Drupal 8.2.0-rc1 will be released the week of September 5

  • The release candidate phase for the minor release begins the week of September 5, and starting that week, the 8.2.x branch will be subject to release candidate restrictions, with only critical fixes and certain other limited changes allowed.
  • September 7 is also the final scheduled patch release window for 8.1.x, and it will not receive further development or support after that date aside from its final security release window on September 21.
  • All outstanding issues filed against 8.1.x will be automatically migrated to 8.2.x after the final 8.1.x patch release. Bug reports after September 7 should be targeted against the 8.2.x branch.
  • Minor versions may include changes to user interfaces, translatable strings, themes, internal APIs like render arrays and controllers, etc. (See the Drupal 8 backwards compatibility and internal API policy for details.) Developers and site owners should test the release candidate to prepare for these changes.
  • 8.3.x will remain open for new development during the 8.2.x release candidate phase.

See the Drupal core release cycle overview, Allowed changes during the Drupal 8 release cycle, and Drupal 8 backwards compatibility and internal API policy for more information.

As a reminder, we have until the start of the beta to add great new features to Drupal 8.2.x. Stabilizing experimental modules (such as Migrate and BigPipe), new features for workflows, and usability and bugfixes are all priorities for 8.2.0. Help with these feature requests and initiatives now for a great Drupal 8.2.0!

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Drupal 8.x core release on Monday, July 18 (update to previously scheduled window)

The Drupal core security release window has been moved to Monday, July 18. See the PSA announcement for the release for details.

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(Updated) Drupal core security release window on Monday, July 18, 2016

Start: 
2016-07-18 14:15 - 19:00 UTC
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Event type: 
Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting)

Update: The monthly security release window for Drupal 8 and 7 core will take place on Monday, July 18, slightly in advance of the normal window that was previously scheduled for Wednesday. For more details, see the PSA for this release window.

There will be no bug fix or feature release on this date. The next window for a Drupal core patch (bug fix) release for all branches is Wednesday, August 03. The next scheduled minor (feature) release for Drupal 8 will be on Wednesday, October 5.

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Drupal 7.50 core release on Thursday, July 7

As previously announced, there will be a Drupal 7 core bug fix/feature release this week (alongside the upcoming Drupal 8 patch release).

The release will be labeled Drupal 7.50 (which is a version jump compared to the current 7.44 release); this is to indicate that this release, although still part of a stable release series, is a bit larger than normal and makes a few more changes and new features available than normal.

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Coding standards proposals for final discussion on 7/12

The TWG coding standards committee is announcing two coding standards changes for final discussion. These appear to have reached a point close enough to consensus for final completion. The new process for proposing and ratifying changes is documented on the coding standards project page.

New issues for discussion:

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