Revolutionizing Drupal: Embracing a New Major Release Cycle
The article by Third and Grove, authored by Nathaniel Catchpole, discusses Drupal’s major release schedule, signaling a significant shift after seven years. The new cycle, unveiling major updates every two years, extends support for at least four years, fostering a more reliable framework for website security and updates. This transformation addresses the prior challenge of managing major releases, stemming from the need to discontinue outdated compatibility layers and deprecated code.
The evolution aims to align with newer dependencies like Symfony 6 and CKEditor 5, fostering smoother transitions between major versions and offering a longer migration window. To bridge the gap between versions, minor maintenance releases for older major versions will address PHP compatibility issues, API additions, and dependency updates, facilitating better support for both major iterations and easing the transition for sites when upgrading.
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