[development] CVS HEAD, code freeze, zeitgeist

Metzler, David metzlerd at evergreen.edu
Wed Aug 16 21:12:42 UTC 2006

Thanks Dries,

I've had my CVS account for only a week now ;), so I hope you'll endulge
me with a quick question.  

Is there a summary somewhere about the scope of the changes required to
update contributed modules with the new revision? It might help the

You raise an excellent point about many of us still scrambling to update
contributions for 4.7 compatibility.  I'm taking my 4.7 sites live on
Monday :). 

David Metzler

-----Original Message-----
From: development-bounces at drupal.org
[mailto:development-bounces at drupal.org] On Behalf Of Dries Buytaert
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:46 PM
To: development at drupal.org
Subject: [development] CVS HEAD, code freeze, zeitgeist

Hello world,

I wanted to point out that the code freeze starts less than two weeks
from now.

Since Drupal 4.7 was released, we added a fair number of features to the
development version of Drupal.  Enough features to justify making a
release.  It will be a very exciting release, even, with features like
the installer, the foundation for custom content types and various
usability improvements including improved administration pages!  Thanks
to the great work of many people, we hit quite a few milestones.  :)

Before we move on to discuss whether this release should be called
4.8 or 5.0 (let's save that discussion for _after_ the code freeze when
all the work is complete!), I wanted to ask if everybody is still happy
with the date of the code freeze, and the fact that we're about to
transition to a new branch.  We're about to freeze core development for
several months as we work out the new bugs we've introduced.  In
addition, module authors will have to upgrade their modules to be
compatible with CVS HEAD, and translators will need to update their

I sense that most people are ready for all this, but that at least a  
number of people are still catching up with the Drupal 4.7 madness.   
Just look at the translation status page (http://drupal.org/
translation-status), for example.  Certainly, the translators are behind
a little.  Given more time, they would likely still be behind.

Note that I'm not suggesting that we postpone the code freeze.   
Rather, I figured it wouldn't hurt to share our thoughts about the  
code freeze and all the work we have done so far.   I know this could  
be a long discussion with a lot of different opinions but -- believe it
or not -- ultimately conversations like these add value (as long  
we're careful enough to stay on topic).   If anything, such  
discussions help us understand each other's goals and problems, and help
us to collectively figure out the current Drupal zeitgeist.

Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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