WordPress 5.8.2 Deferred

The WordPress 5.8.x release schedule calls for a 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). this week and a 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. next week. However, the scheduling for these 5.8.x releases will be changed.

The 5.8.2 release dates as previously planned will be skipped and rescheduled to the “if necessary” 5.8.3 schedule as follows:

5.8.2 (updated)

  • RC: Tuesday November 2, 2021
  • Final release: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

This deferral was determined because currently there are no commit candidates. Plus, many commits still need a lot of work to merge, or are potentially too impactful and therefore belong in a major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. instead.

Release Coordination

Because the 5.8.x releases are part of 5.8 by extension, all coordination and conversation related to the 5.8.x releases are held in the #5-8-release-leads 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/. channel.

Do you want to see some tickets included in the next release? Check the 5.8.2 milestone: provide feedback on tickets, test existing fixes, or even submit a patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. to help move things along!

Props @desrosj & @tobifjellner for peer review.

#5-8, #5-8-2, #5-8-3, #5-8-x

WordPress 5.8.2+ Release Schedule

Thanks to everyone that helped release 5.8.1 on September 9th! It’s time to look ahead to 5.8.2, and other 5.8.x releases (if necessary).

Like the 5.8.1 release, these releases are following the strategy of having a consistent minor release squad for all 5.8.x releases.

5.8.2

The following schedule is proposed for a 5.8.2 release:

  • RC: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Final release: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

As of the publish date of this post, 19 open tickets are currently in the 5.8.2 milestone for consideration. Please head over and check out that list to help contribute to the release.

5.8.3 (if necessary)

For the 5.8.x release cycle, a 5.8.3 release will be pursued only if necessary. Below is the proposed schedule for 5.8.3:

  • RC: Tuesday November 2, 2021
  • Final release: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

These dates also take into account the 5.9 release cycle, which will be approaching the first 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. release at this time.

Release coordination

Because the 5.8.x releases are part of 5.8 by extension, all coordination and conversation related to the 5.8.x releases are held in the #5-8-release-leads 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/. channel. This channel will be archived when WordPress 5.9 is released.

Props @desrosj & @audrasjb for peer review.

#5-8, #5-8-1, #5-8-2, #5-8-3, #5-8-x