Drupal LTS

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Drupal Long Term Support (Drupal LTS).

The final Drupal 7 is released and …

"Drupal 5 will no longer be supported or receive security updates, and you will need to update your Drupal 5 sites to Drupal 6 at that time." http://drupal.org/handbook/version-info

The end of this support is a strategic problem for some people. Especially if a Drupal service company tries to get a big investment in a big Drupal project.

Our goal is some kind of Drupal-Core-LTS and a lot of example.module-LTS like ubuntu server LTS.

Especially all the Drupal service companies which are already doing a lot of LTS-work for their clients are invited to concentrate their work.

"Support" means at first "Security support"!

Here are some additional information: http://groups.drupal.org/node/111339
And here is the first project: http://drupal.org/project/lts

November 13, 2013: There is a "Proposal to manage the Drupal 8 release cycle" by Dries including LTS Strategies.

For Drupal 6 there is a special "Drupal 6 Long Term Support" project from the official Drupal 6 Long-Term Support vendors.

dylanclear's picture

Tag1 Quo: D6 LTS

Tag1 Quo is a hosted security solution that keeps your Drupal 6 site up-to-date with the latest security patches for core as well as all contributed themes, and modules. Tag1 Quo provides you a single comprehensive viewpoint of your security that quickly allows you to understand vulnerabilities and take action to address them.

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Drupal 6 long term support group on linkedin

I've just started a group on linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Drupal-6-forever-long-term-7460995


For smaller businesses and non-profit organisations, migrating from Drupal 6 to 7 (or 8) would represent a significant investment, quite possibly with little or no tangible benefit. However, Drupal 6 will very soon be unmaintained, meaning no further security updates, bug fixes or enhancements. The same is likely to happen to third party modules.

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Drupal Web Developer | Addx Corporation

Employment type: 
Full time
Not allowed

The Drupal Web Developer positions are for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). The work is contingent upon contract award. The work location is Alexandria, VA and Norfolk, VA.

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technocrat's picture

Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo Campaign

Hey Everyone,

Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, have started an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign for a highly innovative, leading edge technology phone called the Ubuntu Edge. Here's the link.


It'll be a converged device that will act as a PC with Ubuntu OS when connected to a monitor/keyboard. It'll cost $830 dollars but there are still lower priced perks still available.

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christefano's picture

Long Term Support (LTS) BoF at DrupalCon Portland

2013-05-22 12:00 - 14:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

Exaltation of Larks is hosting a BoF (birds of a feather) discussion on long-term Drupal support (particularly for Drupal 6 sites when Drupal 8 comes out and bug fixes and security releases for Drupal 6 are discontinued).

Long Term Support is a topic that is near and dear to us and a number of our clients and this BoF is a followup to our earlier post, Drupal 6 End of Life When Drupal 8 is Released… Or Not.

We're also preparing an "LTS" version of Drupal 6 and have a lot more planned. Stay tuned to the DrupalCon BoF schedule and @LarksLA on Twitter for news of when this BoF gets scheduled.

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Drupal 6 end of life when Drupal 8 is released… or not?

At the Boston Drupal meetup that was at Acquia this month, several presentations were focused on "what's new in Drupal 8" from the view of several people who now work at Acquia. I loved it. There were other presentations, as well (including one of my own!), and I really enjoyed seeing the Boston Drupal group again after many months.

During the questions and answers part of the meetup, I asked Dries if he was considering naming a security maintainer for Drupal 6 when Drupal 8 is released. (In case you didn't know, support for Drupal 6 will be discontinued by the Drupal core and security teams. See the handbook page on backwards compatibility at https://drupal.org/node/65922 for more, including Dries' original statement on the subject in 2006.)

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Contract to Perm Web Developer | Warner Music Group

Employment type: 

Department Description:

Artist Arena is a leading Artist to Fan Services Company. Artist Arena utilizes advances in technology to create new income and promotional opportunities for today's biggest recording artists. Artist Arena also specializes in the needs of emerging and re-emerging artists.

High Level Job Description:

Develop, configure and maintenance of artist and fan-club websites.

Detailed Job Description/ Responsibilities:

• Develop custom modules and themes for Drupal 6 and 7
• Front-end and back-end web development with heavy focus on Drupal 6 and 7

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greggles's picture

First Drupal 5 LTS Patch?

If this group is going to be useful, now is the time to get active and see about backporting the fixes that were just released for 7.x and 6.x.

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Drupal.org modules feature request > module php compatibility

Yesterday I was visiting a company with performance issues. I bumped into some corporate trouble.

As I only recently joined the company, decisions were made before my time. We are making a drupal 6 site. There are many reasons for this.

It was planned like that a long time ago
We need modules that aren’t/weren’t ported yet
The client agreed to that.

There is no way of moving to drupal 7 (yet).

According to the drupal requirements page http://drupal.org/requirements#php

Note that some contributed modules may not be compatible with PHP 5.3, …
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Security and LTS Resources

greggles's picture

Security backports for the Drupal LTS concept

How do you plan to backport security fixes?

Will you just wait for the release of Drupal 6 and backport them?
Do you plan to offer a system and some method to promote people reporting vulnerabilities in Drupal 5 even if it is EOL?

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