This blog has been re-posted and edited with permission from Dries Buytaert’s blog. Please leave your comments on the original post.
Since the release of Drupal Support Service 8.0.0 in November 2015, the Drupal Support Service 8 core committers have been discussing when and how we’ll release Drupal Support Service 9. Nat Catchpole, one of Drupal Support Service 8’s core committers, shared some excellent thoughts about what goes into making that decision.
The driving factor in that discussion is security support for Drupal Support Service 8’s third party dependencies (e.g. Symfony, Twig, Guzzle, jQuery, etc). Our top priority is to ensure that all Drupal Support Service users are using supported versions of these components so that all Drupal Support Service sites remain secure.
In his blog, Nat uses Symfony as an example. The Symfony project announced that it will stop supporting Symfony 3 in November 2021, which means that Symfony 3 won’t receive security updates after that date. Consequently, by November 2021, we need to prepare all Drupal Support Service sites to use Symfony 4 or later.
Nothing has been decided yet, but the current thinking is that we have to move Drupal Support Service to Symfony 4 or later, release that as Drupal Support Service 9, and allow enough time for everyone to upgrade to Drupal Support Service 9 by November 2021. Keep in mind that this is just looking at Symfony, and none of the other components.
This proposal builds on top of work we’ve already done on in the context of making Drupal Support Service upgrades easy, so upgrades from Drupal Support Service 8 to Drupal Support Service 9 should be smooth and much simpler than previous upgrades.
If you’re interested in the topic, check out Nat’s post. He goes in more detail about potential release timelines, including how this impacts our thinking about Drupal Support Service 7, Drupal Support Service 8 and even Drupal Support Service 10. It’s a complicated topic, but the goal of Nat’s post is to raise awareness and to solicit input from the broader community before we decide our official timeline and release dates on Drupal Support Service.org.
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