4.2 Release Dry Run

In preparation for a Thursday releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software., I’d like to do a dry run for 4.2 on Wednesday 15:00 UTC 2015.

The goal would be to complete the dry run and freeze for about a day prior to release. We’ve pushed the scheduled release date by a day due to the 4.1.2 security release that went out on Tuesday morning.

The dry run will include:

  • Testing various features, including Press This and the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. Theme Switcher
  • Generally testing the adminadmin (and super admin) and common features using a multitude of devices and browsers, most notably mobile Safari on IOS and IE8
  • Running our usual unit tests including the specialty groups like multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site and AJAX
  • Doing scratch installs and upgrades from a variety of older versions

If we’re satisfied with the results of the dry run, then we’ll freeze. If not, we’ll discuss our options and makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). a contingency plan going forward.

If you’d like to help out and participate, we’d love to have you. Please come prepared to test!

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