[development] new features in D6 core?

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Fri Oct 23 07:12:49 UTC 2009

On Friday 23 October 2009 1:54:34 am Andrew Schulman wrote:
> Are new features still being considered for Drupal 6 core?
> I've coded a new "Set language" option for the bulk node update form at
> admin/content/node.  I filed an issue report with a patch and screenshot,
> at http://drupal.org/node/609262 .
> But from my reading of other issue reports, it seems that the 6.x API is
> considered to be frozen at this point.  If I understand correctly, that
> would rule out including my patch, which adds some hooks to the locale
> module.  Can someone please tell me if this is true, or even better, point
> me to a definitive statement?
> Thanks,
> Andrew.

Yes this is true.  Once a Drupal version is released it accepts only bug and 
security fixes while new features are added to the next major version.  Drupal 
6 is the current stable release and therefore is not taking new features.

Drupal 7 actually just went into feature freeze this month, so is not taking 
new features either while we focus on performance optimization, bug fixes, and 
UX improvements until it is released, *probably* sometime early next year but 
that depends on how good a job of we do of tracking down and squishing bugs.  
(Help is always appreciated!)  Once Drupal 7 is released, it will be the 
stable version and not accept anything but bug and security fixes while 
development begins on Drupal 8, which will accept all kinds of wacky new stuff 
during its development cycle until its feature freeze, and the cycle repeats.

Larry Garfield
larry at garfieldtech.com

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