4.9.6 Schedule Changes

Last Thursday, 4.9.6 beta was released. In order to properly address all feedback received from betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. testers, more time is needed.

After careful discussion, @desrosj, @allendav, @azaozz, and @sergeybiryukov have decided that to prevent any further set backs, both the 4.9.6 release candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). and 4.9.6 release by two days each.

The new schedule moving forward is as follows:

  • Release Candidate: Thursday, May 10th
  • Release: Thursday, May 17th

As previously detailed, 4.9.6 is not a typical minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. because of the inclusion of time sensitive features. In order to give site owners the personal data and information tools needed to be prepared for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) before the May 25th, 2018 effective date, these features cannot be removed to ship the minor version on time.

This decision was not made lightly. Deadlines are not arbitrary. However, it is important that the tools are ready and that translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. contributors have enough time to localize the large number of new strings in the release.

Please continue to test the 4.9.6 beta package and provide feedback.