Drupal 8 Core Releases – A New Bar for Open Source Development

Drupal 8 has set a new bar in terms of how core development is handled for open source platforms. As part of the new upgrade path, new features are being released as part of core in each of the minor version releases (Drupal 8.3.x, Drupal 8.4.x, Drupal 8.5.x, Drupal 8.6.x, etc…). Features are being released in these minor updates, many of which are focused on making Drupal easier to use for content authors.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at some terminology that will be helpful when talking about Drupal 8 core:

  • Minor release – A Drupal 8 minor release to core is considered a “Feature” release. These releases only happen when a new feature that is being integrated into core is ready to be released as a stable module.
  • Experimental modules – These are features which are being integrated into core, but not 100% ready for production use.

Here is a look at Drupal 8 Core Updates as they are released to give you an overview of the updates that are to come.