[development] Very concerned over Drupal's core development

Jamie Holly hovercrafter at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 20 22:24:19 UTC 2009

Marijn Kruisselbrink wrote:
> On Monday 20 April 2009 23:19:03 Dries Buytaert wrote:
> > In fact, a lot of big projects, like the Linux kernel, Gnome, KDE,
> > Ubuntu, Fedora and Wordpress all switched to 6 month release cycles.
> > Mark Shuttleworth posted some good insights about that in a recent
> > blog post: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/288.  I'm not
> > suggesting that we should switch to 6 month release cycles, I'm merely
> > bringing it up to get feedback on the idea.
> I don't think any of those projects have 6 month release cycles that break 
> backwards compatibility, which I think major drupal releases do...
> Marijn
Looking at that list, one thing sticks out - there is only one 
blogging/CMS platform listed. Even though I know that list isn't a 
comprehensive collection of project release cycles, can anyone find any 
other blogging or CMS system pushing releases out every six months?

I'm not saying its a bad thing, but I believe serious consideration 
needs to be given to backwards compatibility and support length of 
releases. Perhaps one good route for Drupal would be to mimic the Ubuntu 
system of offering a "long term support"release after X releases. That 
would benefit sites with a large custom code base, or even the smaller 
guy, who is less tech-savvy and dreads the upgrade for fear of breaking 
their site.

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