WordPress 5.8.x release team and 5.8.1 schedule

8/25/2021 @ 18:40 UTC: Added the “Release coordination” section to detail where release related communication will take place – @desrosj

The 5.8.x releases will follow the same consistent minor release leads strategy as the 5.7.x releases did. For the 5.8.x releases, the release leads will be:

  • Release LeadRelease Lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release.: @desrosj
  • Release Deputy: @circlecube

5.8.1 proposed schedule

The following schedule is being proposed for 5.8.1:

  • RCrelease 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).: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • Final release: Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

As of the publish date of this post, 24 tickets have already been fixed and backported to the 5.8 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". to be included in 5.8.1. 38 additional open tickets are currently in the 5.8.1 milestone for consideration. Please head over and check out that list to contribute to the release.

Release coordination

During the 5.8 release, a new, #5-8-release-leads channel was created in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. for the release squad to have all 5.8 related conversations. Because the 5.8.x releases are part of 5.8 by extension, all coordination and conversation related to the 5.8.x releases will also be held here before the channel is archived when WordPress 5.9 is released.

Props @circlecube and @chanthaboune for peer review.