[development] Goal for 4.8 release: targeted distributions

Robert Douglass r.douglass at onlinehome.de
Mon May 1 20:17:37 UTC 2006

4.8 core should be slimmer with fewer modules (rm poll, archive, 
blog|story|page), but we should make it our goal to have a small number 
of targeted distributions that mix core with some contrib modules and an 
install profile to do a specific task.

With the new groups site, this can be coordinated much more easily. A 
group would form around a proposed distribution, say Drupal for 
blogging, or Drupal for E-Commerce. They would put together core plus 
modules of their choice and it would get distributed as an official 
"package". Each group would have to have to be dedicated to maintaining 
their packages throughout the release cycle, which can be years, so such 
an undertaking is not to be started lightly. This approach would keep 
the core team free to do their thing, obviate the discussion of making a 
"golden" contrib repository, and make Drupal much more accessible to 
various targeted audiences while avoiding forking.

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