Drupal 6 extended support announcement

On February 13, 2008, Drupal 6 was released. The policy of the community is to support only the current and previous stable versions. (When Drupal 6 was released, Drupal 4.7.x was marked unsupported. When Drupal 7 came out, Drupal 5.x was marked un…

Drupal.org Maintenance: June 16th 4PM PDT (June 16th 23:00 UTC)

Drupal.org will be affected by our ISP’s maintenance window starting Monday, June 16th, 16:00 PDT (June 16th, 23:00 UTC) and ending Monday, June 16th, 18:00 PDT (June 17th, 01:00 UTC).

Our ISP will be upgrading the firmware on the customer aggregation routers, and we expect to see a 10‒15 minute disruption in traffic sometime during the maintenance window.

Please follow the @drupal_infra Twitter account for any issues encountered during the maintenance window.

Thanks for your patience!

Community Spotlight on Emanuel Greucean, Maurits Dekkers, and Ernő Zsemlye

For this month’s community spotlight, we wanted to showcase three stellar Drupalistas who went above and beyond at the Dev Days Szeged sprints. Emanuel Greucean (gremy), Maurits Dekkers (Mauzeh), and Ernő Zsemlye (zserno) all made big contributions to the project at Dev Days Szeged. Here’s a little bit about each.

Emanuel Greucean (gremy)

How did you get involved with Drupal?

Picture of Emanuel GreuceanI got involved with Drupal right after college, in 2009. I went to a job interview, showed the employers my enthusiasm about web development and my very not impressive profile, one of which was a Joomla website, and they accepted me. At this job, I got initiated in the art of web development and got a solid education in Drupal. At my first day on the job, I was given the Drupal Developer’s “Bible” (Pro Drupal Development, 2nd edition), and was told that I had to know it by heart.

What do you think open source represents?

For me, open source represents the opportunity to have access to awesome products for free. It also represents the opportunity to join a community of passionate developers and to learn a lot, and also to pass on your knowledge. If you are a contributor, it’s also an opportunity to leave a mark, and a joy to know that your work is being used by millions of people.

Why did you choose to work in Szeged on beta blocking, and what is your fondest memory from Szeged?

One reason for working on beta blockers in Szeged was the desire to get Drupal 8 as close as possible to being released, because I really want to start using it in Production.

One of my fondest memories from Szeged might be the moment when I actually finished the last missing “Change Record” issue, and with this Drupal 8 change records were up to date for the first time in three years. Also I really appreciate all the help I received from people I had never met before. They initiated me into contributing to the community.

Are you working on any fun projects at the moment?

Yes. I am currently collaborating with Kalamuna, a Drupal shop from San Francisco’s East Bay Area. They are really great colleagues, and I have the opportunity to work on great projects with them. One of the projects I am most excited about is Kalabox, and I have to say that I am really enthusiastic about its future.

Maurits Dekkers (Mauzeh)

How did you get involved with Drupal?

Picture of Maurits DekkersI got involved with Drupal through a client about three years ago. They were using Drupal mainly for its ability to allow site builders to create their own fieldable data structures. Until then I had mostly worked with Zend Framework and Symfony, and I never even knew there was an open source system that could do this! Or course, now I know that there is so much more about Drupal that is awesome, and I cannot imagine a web development life without it!

What do you think open source represents?

For me, open source represents people (!) who provide their time, effort, and financial resources on something that provides only indirect value. An open source developer spends their free time working on a feature not knowing whether it will actually make it into the final product (unless they are the project lead…). For some this might be an unrewarding way of working because there appear to be few direct, short-term, rewards. So if you contribute something to open source software, you must do it for reasons unrelated to direct income or revenue. Therefore, the passion that people have for the product comes from a much deeper belief.

Why did you choose to work in Szeged on Drupal 8 beta blocking/debugging, and what is your fondest memory from Szeged?

Despite working with open source software on a daily basis, and lurking around in the issue queues, I never had the guts to really get involved. I realized that getting to know the people behind the nicknames would certainly help because I could just walk over and ask something. So when I saw the announcement for Szeged, I jumped in straight away. And I’m really glad I did. I most remember the people I was working with and having beers with at night, with Cathy (YesCT) being just amazing to get people up to speed. Her passion for the community is really remarkable. I wanted to learn more about how the Entity API works in Drupal 8, and was directed to tstoeckler and plach, from whom I learned very much very quickly.

Are you working on any fun projects at the moment?

I’m currently working as a freelancer for a few Drupal site building shops. Since I just started as a freelancer in November last year, I’m working quite a lot to make sure I have some financial room to contribute some more to D8.

Ernő Zsemlye (zserno)

How did you get involved with Drupal?

Picture of Ernő ZsemlyeIt all started during my 4th year at the university. I needed a few more credits for the upcoming semester and stumbled upon a new elective course titled “Open Source Content Management Systems” held by a guy called Kristof Van Tomme. I had absolutely no idea about the topic but it sounded pretty cool so I applied. The first lecture was about open source in general and a brief introduction to the Drupal world. At the end of the lecture, Kristof mentioned that he was looking for interns for his new company. I applied the next day and I am sure that was the best move in my career to date. :)

What do you think open source represents?

I could compare it to traveling. Once you experience what traveling to new places feels like, you suddenly start to feel as if you had been looking at the world through a small and dirty window. Then you also realize how small you are in this life. This is so true for open source.

Why did you choose to work in Szeged on Drupal 8 beta blocking/debugging, and what is your fondest memory from Szeged?

I wanted to work on something that would give me the opportunity to dive deep into Drupal 8 and learn as much as possible about the new system. I was assigned to an Entity API beta blocker. After having spent my first 3 days on getting my head around all the new things in D8, I got stuck. The next day Berdir pinged me on IRC that he wanted to discuss the next steps with me in person. We talked for about 5 minutes but that was enough to put me back on track with the issue and also gave me great inspiration that I could talk to a real rockstar in person.

Are you working on any fun projects at the moment?

I am working at the Central European University as a web developer. We are a small team of four people who maintain virtually any web presence of the whole university: main institutional site with heavy traffic, custom websites for each departments, research groups, alumni campaigns, student groups, etc. It is a constant challenge to use our limited resources to address all arising needs successfully. So we are continuously looking for new ways to create reusable solutions across all these websites. And this is lots of fun. For example I just finished building a custom installation profile based on the fantastic Panopoly distribution so firing up a new website became ridiculously easy.

Gremy, mauzeh, and zserno were just a few of a huge number of rock stars who worked hard and made great contributions at Szeged. Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for the sprints! The next major sprint event will be at DrupalCon Austin. Our community organizers (led by YesCT) have worked hard to make sure we’ll have seven days of sprints that culminate in a huge sprint on Friday, June 6. We hope to see you there.

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Drupal 7.28 released

Drupal 7.28, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes) is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.28 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.28
Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are n…

Drupal.org Response to Heartbleed Security Incident

You may have heard that a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library called Heartbleed or formally called CVE-2014-0160 has been disclosed and that it represents a potential security threat to a large number of websites. Using this vulnerability, malicious individuals could access sensitive information submitted by people actively visiting a website including usernames, passwords and credit card numbers. Users across the Internet should be especially aware of suspicious activity on their accounts.

We want to communicate a couple pieces of information about this news with regard to Drupal.org.

Members of the Drupal Association staff, Drupal Security Team and Drupal Infrastructure Team have reviewed Drupal.org’s potential exposure to the vulnerability.

As of now, we have no indication that Drupal.org was attacked using this vulnerabililty. That said, the nature of the vulnerability makes an attack difficult to detect and we prefer to be cautious.

We have taken steps to protect users of Drupal.org, including a forced password reset for users with administrative access or access to code repositories for projects. While we have only forced the password reset for some users, we recommend that all of our users change their passwords.

We have taken the following steps to protect Drupal.org account holders:

  • Installed new SSL certificates based on a new private key
  • Revoked the old SSL certificates
  • Replaced the private strings (drupal_private_key and drupal_hash_salt) which are used for a variety of security related purposes in all Drupal sites
  • Replaced the private key used by the “bakery” single-sign-on system on Drupal.org
  • Removed all active sessions
  • Verified the email addresses in use today match those in use a week ago
  • Required that all Drupal.org users with administrative or project repository access to reset their passwords

Also, we simply want to help create awareness about the vulnerability and encourage people to review their sites for exposure. For more information, please see https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2014-0160

Feel free to comment on the post with any questions. Thank you!

Community Spotlight: Lee Rowlands (larowlan)

Lee RowlandsSince joining Drupal.org in 2007, Lee Rowlands (larowlan) has been an important contributor to the Drupal project. A major core contributor and Drupal 8 advocate, Rowlands has become a well-recognized and celebrated member of the Drupal community.

Rowlands is an important Drupal figure in Australia, and has spoken at DrupalCamp Brisbane 2010, Drupal Downunder Melbourne 2012, DrupalCon Sydney 2013 and Drupal South Wellington 2014. An occasional mentor during Drupal Office Hours in the Australian timezone (GMT+10), Rowlands is also a well-recognized figure in the international Drupal community for his involvement with core and his contributions to a huge variety of projects on Drupal.org.

How did you get involved with Drupal?

Jim Morrison and a naked native american came to me in a dream and told me it was my destiny. Just kidding. I started up my own IT consulting business and I’d built a couple of Drupal 5 sites.

The third site I built needed some tricky mapping functionality. This was in Drupal 5 and the site was for a locally owned fishing tackle franchise. Their point of difference with the big national chain-store was local knowledge. So they had this great idea to create a series of online fishing maps for local regions, each featuring points of interest for that region. Each point of interest had a marker icon based on its type, eg there were boat ramps, fishing spots etc. Each marker had a popup with an image and some text. The kind of thing you can build on your own with Google Maps now, but back then – it was a fairly new concept.

At the time gmap module was the go-to mapping option (Drupal 5) but it didn’t support the image/marker/description functionality. So I wrote a patch to allow wiring up a content-type with gmap functionality to do so. And in order to post the patch, I had to sign up for a Drupal.org account. So that was my first comment on Drupal.org, a sizeable patch!

Not long after that I pitched the idea of a website to a local motel that had just had a renovation. At this stage Drupal 6 was out and the go-to ecommerce solution was Ubercart. My pitch included online-reservations so I worked with Will Vincent to round out a hotel-booking solution for Ubercart. That’s how I got my CVS access on Drupal.org.

Contributing my code back to Drupal.org opened my consulting business up to the world. Up until that point most of my work had been for local businesses. Once I had a project on Drupal.org I started receiving work offers via my Drupal.org project page, mostly for adding new pieces of functionality.

I continued building sites and I always ensured that I had contract provisions to open-source any generic modules that the project needed. Over time I ended up with more than 30 contrib projects on Drupal.org, all with varying degrees of maintenance. Each of these kept resulting in work referrals and I kept expanding my skillset and client-base.

Then Drupal 7 came out and it felt like I had to start learning all over again. I had a long car-trip coming up so I downloaded the mega ‘Upgrading 6.x modules to 7.x’ thread from Drupal.org and spent about three hours taking in all the changes. As soon as I had net access, I subscribed to the Drupal core issues RSS feed. At this stage my motivation was just to keep across changes happening in core, but after a while I started seeing issues posted that I realised I could fix/work on. So I started commenting and posting the odd patch.

Not long after an epic thread was posted by @sun in the issue queue titled ‘Make core maintainable’ (https://drupal.org/node/1255674), basically it was proposing that if we didn’t get more hands on deck in core, the only way forward was to start dropping unmaintained modules. I jumped into irc and put my hand up to maintain forum, one of the modules on the chopping block. I had a conversation with @chx who later remarked ‘yesterday I saw a guy on IRC who was contemplating on taking the forum module maintainer hat’ (http://www.drupal4hu.com/node/303).

So from there I took a more active role in core contribution. Those threads are a great read, even today, as they indicates the level of frustration that core developers were experiencing in the first six months of Drupal 7’s release.

What do you do with Drupal these days?

I build sites for some of Australia’s largest government, education, media and non-profit organisations with one of Australia’s most respected Drupal Agencies, PreviousNext. It’s a great team and I get to work on interesting projects.

After all this time I still enjoy working with Drupal. Sometimes people lament Drupal’s ease of site-building, likening it to ‘golden handcuffs’, but that’s where contributing to core and contrib help. If you find yourself stuck in a ‘click-monkey’ rut, contributing code lets you flex your ‘code-monkey’ muscles.

You’re involved with quite a variety of projects in the Drupal community – can you describe some of the things you do and why you like them?

I particularly like working on Drupal core because it helps me keep abreast of upcoming changes. I don’t have a CS education, I have degrees in mathematics and engineering, and I’ve been quoted before saying I got my CS education in the Drupal issue queues. As a contributor you are incredibly lucky to have your work constructively reviewed by some of the world’s best programmers. Every time someone makes a suggestion on your patch, you learn a little more. I’ve learnt so many programming concepts from reviewing other’s code and having my code reviewed by others. Particularly during the Drupal 8 cycle, where we’ve effectively rewritten Drupal in a new language – PHP 5.3.

What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on?

Its not live anymore unfortunately but I worked on sendmypostcards.com which was a Drupal 6 site with Ubercart where you could create your own postcards and pay to have them printed. You could use your Facebook photo-galleries, Flickr account or upload your own files. The designer/editor was built with jQuery and the site used batch-jobs to generate 300dpi print-ready PDFs. It was a challenging project but it did end up spawning a number of contrib modules including Image Cache External which allows you to generate derivatives of remote images. Unfortunately the site didn’t last, but I did get a couple of Christmas cards printed and sent to my office. It was great to have something tangible, I still have them mounted on my office wall.

What changes do you hope will come in Drupal 8?

I’m disappointed we didn’t get a layout builder in core but I’m excited by the opportunities for it to develop and mature in the contrib ecosystem. Some of the work done as part of the Scotch Initiative by @sdboyer and @eclipsegc was pretty awesome. @sdboyer stepped me through the ‘Princess’ branch (the name was a dare) at the stage when it was fairly functional and the possibilities it opened up were pretty awesome. Hopefully that work will be leveraged for what becomes of panels/page manager in Drupal 8.

What is your favorite part about the Drupal community?

Getting to work with insanely intelligent and brilliant people. There are so many awesome people working with and on Drupal every day who are always willing to share their experiences and knowledge.

Tell us a little about your background or things that interest you outside Drupal?

I live in Central Queensland at the Southern tip of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. We have three World Heritage listed destinations all within our reach – the reef, Fraser Island and Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, where you can watch Marine turtles lay their eggs or the hatchlings make their way into the world. The climate is great, the cost of living is low and the people are some of the friendliest in the world. I get to work out of an office with two great Drupal devs who also work for PreviousNext, @nick_schuch and @grom385. Its a great lifestyle, our office is right on the beach.

Outside Drupal I’m passionate about family, with two school aged children and I’ve been married for 15 years. I’m lucky that Drupal gave me an income while my children were pre-school aged and when they went off to school I was able to turn this into a career.

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Unplanned Drupal.org Downtime Earlier Today (Thu Feb 13 14:59-15:21 UTC 2014)

The Drupal.org primary database server experienced a crash due to a full disk earlier today around 6:59am PST (14:59 UTC). The Nagios monitoring system which normally alerts us to prevent these outages had also crashed and failed to send any notices of…

Joining The Day We Fight Back

Free Software is not just about saving money. It’s not just about sharing for sharing’s sake. Free Software, at its core, is about empowering people. It is about ensuring that everyone has ultimate control over their own electronic lives, because th…

Drupal 7.26 and 6.30 released

Drupal 7.26 and Drupal 6.30, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.26 and Drupal 6.30 release notes for further information.

Download Drupal 7.26Download Drupal 6.30
Upg…

Predictions for 2014

4877. That is where the tradition within the Drupal community of making predictions for the year ahead with regards to our software, our community and broader, the web, started. Node 4877, written at the end of the year 2003. We have come a long way si…

Drupal.org Downtime: Jan 13th 5PM PDT (1:00 UTC)

Drupal.org will be going down for up to 1 hour Monday, Jan 13, 17:00 PDT (Jan 14, 1:00 UTC). This maintenance window will be used for routine Drupal updates, which need to alter large tables. Single sign on for sub-sites (api.drupal.org, groups.drupal….

Drupal.org Downtime: Jan 8th 5PM PDT (1:00 UTC)

Drupal.org will be going down for up to 2 hours Wednesday, Jan 8, 17:00 PDT (Jan 9, 1:00 UTC). This maintenance window will be used to improve the speed of issue queues. Single sign on for sub-sites (api.drupal.org, groups.drupal.org, etc) will be down…

Drupal 7.25 released

Update: Drupal 7.26 is now available.
Drupal 7.25, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes) is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.25 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.25
Upgrading your existing Drup…

Drupal Association is hiring CTO

The Drupal Association, with the help of a Search Committee comprised of Board and Advisory Board members, is beginning a search for a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for Drupal.org (not the Drupal software project). The CTO will fill a critical role for the both the Association and the community, working at the strategic level with the Drupal.org Working Groups to build a roadmap for Drupal.org, create and manage processes critical to the success of the site (including security and disaster recovery), and ensure that Drupal.org roadmaps are met. A CTO role ensures that Drupal.org has the technical and strategic oversight needed to drive improvements and innovations. Specifically we want to ensure that we have the best platform for developers, community involvement, and critical revenue-generating opportunities.

The CTO is the first of several hires we will make over the course of the next few months to significantly increase our ability to improve the experience of Drupal.org for our many constituents. These hires will include more development and devops bandwidth, among other things. In short, this is a really exciting time to work on Drupal.org!

We’re asking for your help to find the right person for this role. We’re looking for someone with strong product management skills, a community player who can work with our broad base of remarkable volunteers, and the experience to guide and manage our development, infrastructure and operations teams. Please review and share the Drupal Association CTO Job Description.

We’ve also included a little more context below if you want to learn more. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holly Ross.

Why a CTO? Isn’t that a bit much for our needs?

Our focus at the Association in 2013 has been re-aligning Association resources to bring more support and funding to our community’s most important asset: Drupal.org. During the last 9 months, we’ve begun diversifying our revenue streams so that we can scale our income and provide more funding for Drupal.org projects. We launched Working Groups to manage the strategic direction and policy setting we need to make good decisions for the site. Most recently, we hired a Technology Manager for the Association so that our limited technical staff can focus more fully on Drupal.org.

In 2014, we are planning for an even more dramatic shift, bringing on engineering and infrastructure staff to pay off years of technical debt and begin to move the site forward with new developer tools, better site performance, and strong security practices. We’re incredibly excited to help the community move Drupal.org forward and really meet community needs. We see the CTO role as essential to making this happen. It sets us up to proactively address Drupal.org needs at a strategic level – forecasting necessary changes before they become critical problems.

Isn’t this the role of the Working Groups?

Yes – the Working Group charters put them in charge of direction-setting and strategy for the sites. We anticipate that the CTO will work closely with the Working Groups to coordinate their work and ensure that those decisions are translated into a cohesive roadmap. Additionally, the Working Groups are not designed to implement the roadmap. The CTO will oversee the team that does that – either in-house, using 3rd party tools, through contractors, with volunteers, or a combination of these options.

Are you going to hire from within the community?

We are certainly going to look within the community. We will also look outside the Drupal community. The committee seeks a candidate who brings a breadth of experience and knowledge regarding open source community sites.

Is this a technical role or a business role?

We expect that the right candidate will have equal parts technical chops and business savvy. We are not expecting the CTO to write production code, but the CTO will have to know how to do that so that they can manage it well. Additionally, the CTO will need to understand business problems and how technology can be strategically deployed to meet those needs.

Where will the position be based?

Ideally, in Portland, OR, at the Drupal Association headquarters. We know however, that this is likely unrealistic as a hard and fast constraint, and will encourage applicants from around the globe.

Drupal 6 to stop supporting PHP 4 on March 1st 2014

Drupal 6.0 was released almost 6 years ago in February 2008. The Drupal community is committed to release Drupal 6 bugfixes until Drupal 8.0 is released and with recent changes provide security fixes much longer.
The hosting and development landscape …

Michael Hess new Security Team Lead

Back in November of 2011, I appointed Greg Knaddison to lead the Drupal Security Team, for a term of two years. In that time, Greg has done a tremendous job helping the Security Team scale. November 2013 ends the term that Greg and I agreed to, Greg is…

Drupal 7.24 and 6.29 released

Update: Drupal 7.25 and Drupal 6.30 are now available.
Drupal 7.24 and Drupal 6.29, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.24 and Drupal 6.29 release notes for further inf…

Drupal.org D7 upgrade live!

If you are reading this announcement right now, then we did it! Drupal.org runs on Drupal 7! This was a big and complicated project, which took longer than we expected. But we are finally done!

What changed?

Our goal was a straight port to Drupal 7 without major changes to functionality or layout, but with greatly improved code under the hood. However some things did change, please see Drupal.org D7 F.A.Q. for details. Overall Drupal 7 gives us more flexibility to implement new features and there will be a boost in performance for some of the pages.

NOTE: issues are still being indexed, listings and searches will show incomplete results till the indexing is done.

What’s next?

There probably will be some bugs. If you encounter something unusual, please check the Drupal.org D7 F.A.Q. first. It may be that the change was intentional. If you are sure that you found a bug, please use the D7 upgrade QA queue to report them.

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The only thing we really want to say now is.. let’s party THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of you for being patient with us during this long project. We know it took longer than anticipated and there were some bumps along the way. Our only goal throughout the project was to make Drupal.org better for all of you.

Thank you to all our fantastic contributors. There are so many of them, we even have a special page. Thank you:

Andrei Mateescu / amateescu
Joel Moore / banghouse
Rudy Grigar / basic
Brandon Bergren / bdragon
Tom Behets / betz
Bojhan Somers / Bojhan
Chi / Chi
Ian Carrico / ChinggizKhan
Nell Hardcastle / chizu
Karoly Negyesi / chx
Bill O’Conner / csevb10
Dave Reid / davereid
David Strauss / David Strauss
Meghan Palagyi / dead_arm
Dave Fletcher / dfletcher
Derek Wright / dww
Melissa Anderson / eliza411
Frank Baele / frankbaele
Greg Lund-Chaix / gchaix
Greg Knaddison / greggles
Dylan Tack / grendzy
Jose Marquez / hackwater
Michael Halstead / halstead
Herman van Rink / helmo
Chad Phillips / hunmonk
Jason Savino / jasonsavino
Jonathan Hedstrom / jhedstrom
Jennifer Hodgdon / jhodgdon
Jeremy Thorson / jthorson
KS Sundarajan / ksbalajisundar
Lewis Nyman / lewisnyman
Mark Pavlitski / markpavlitski
Marco Villegas / marvil07
Michael Prasuhn / mikey_p
Mitchell Tannenbaum / mitchell
Nick Veenhof / nick_vh
Narayan Newton / nnewton
Theodore Biadala / nod_
Pradeep Kumar / pradeeprkara
Peter Wolanin / pwolanin
Robert Ristroph / rgristroph
Chris Ruppel / rupl
Sam Boyer / sdboyer
Joel Farris / Senpai
Sam Richard / snugug
Venkata Suresh / sachin2honi
Howard Tyson / tizzo
Tyler Ward / twardnw
Angela Byron / webchick
Steve Edwards / wonder95
Roy Scholten / yoroy

Thank you to the Drupal Association Supporting Partners, who gave us the funding required to make the upgrade happen.

We couldn’t have done this without you!

/ drumm & tvn

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Drupal.org downtime: 31st of October 2013, 15:00 UTC (08:00am PDT)

The Drupal.org D7 upgrade launch is confirmed. Today is Monday, 28th of October, we have 0 launch blocking issues and performance tests are looking fine. Therefore, we are going to launch on Thursday, October 31st, 2013.

What will the launch process be like?

Drupal.org will be down for approximately 24 hours during deployment. It will be replaced by a static page with a download link for the latest Drupal release available. Sub-sites will stay online, but with user logins disabled. Both updates.drupal.org and ftp.drupal.org will stay online. drush make / dl will work fine, update status module as well.

We will start deployment around 15:00 UTC on October 31st. We expect the site to be back up by 15:00 UTC on November 1st.

We realize this will be a significant inconvenience for users who rely on Drupal.org, and will try to minimize downtime as much as possible.

What if there are problems? Do you have a backup plan?

Yes, we do. If we encounter significant problems during migration, we will roll back to the Drupal 6 version of Drupal.org and restore with a backup made right before migration started.

How can I find out what’s going on during deployment?

Twitter accounts to follow are @drupal_org and @drupal_infra . IRC channels: #drupal and #drupal-contribute.

What changes will I experience when the site comes back online?

You can find information about the changes in functionality or UI in the Drupal.org D7 F.A.Q. Most pages on the site won’t change as far as layout or functionality. Our goal for this project was a straight port from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. The only place where you will see significant UI changes is the issue page. This blog post explains what is changing on the issue page and why in detail. In general Drupal 7 gives us more flexibility to implement new features and there will be a boost in performance for some of the pages.

Why aren’t we waiting and upgrading to Drupal 8 once it releases?

The Drupal 7 upgrade began in March 2012. The upgrade took longer than we anticipated due to a variety of reasons that include the scale and complexity of Drupal.org and resource contstraints. We decided to push ahead and complete the Drupal 7 upgrade so Drupal.org can be on the latest release of Drupal, and so we can use the learnings in future upgrades.

Drupal 8 UX research studies: how you can help improve Drupal?

UPDATE: We’ve finished running studies for this initial period. Analysis and findings now published.

Usability studies are one of the best ways to keep improving Drupal 8. We want to speak with people who create or edit content on the web to take part in a UX research study to help improve Drupal 8.

This study will help us learn how content creators move between admin and non-admin interfaces. Editing content is a key part of working with Drupal, so understanding this interaction is essential.

Sign up for Drupal 8 usability study

There are a few ways you can help:

  1. You can help us recruit participants by retweeting the tweet below, post on your own social networks, and emailing friends to send people directly to the Drupal 8 usability study sign up form.
    tweet announcing study sign up
  2. You can sign yourself up as a participant.
  3. We also need people to help us observe, take notes and debrief after sessions (it’s a chance to get hands-on experience in UX research).
  4. If you have experience moderating usability studies, you can moderate some sessions too!

And, with a pool of willing participants, we’ll have people we can reach out to for future studies.

If you’re interested in helping out on other Drupal User Experience issues, join us in IRC in #drupal-usability (particularly Mondays at 4:00PM Eastern Time) or follow along with issues posted in https://groups.drupal.org/usability.

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