Dries Buytaert, the Drupal project lead, will facilitate a Drupal 8 retrospective discussion at DrupalCon Barcelona.
After more than four years of development, Drupal 8 is quickly approaching its first release candidate. This will be a landmark release with myriad new features and improvements. In addition to many technical changes, we innovated on how we collaborate on the Drupal project itself as well as on drupal.org. We involved more than three times the contributors of Drupal 7. Now it's time to take stock of the cycle, of where we've been and how it went, so we can keep improving. We'd like your input on the following:
- What worked well? What were the highlights of the Drupal 8 cycle?
- What didn't work well? What are lessons we've learned for upcoming releases or for the community as a whole?
- What concrete improvements can we make for future releases (both minor and major)? We welcome suggestions around teams, tools, or processes.
Please submit your answers online. Dries will gather the community's responses and use them as the basis for the open discussion at DrupalCon Barcelona.
So, what happened???.... The FreeScholar in me got really tired of hearing developers that are excited about some proprietary solutions/tools that happen to work with Drupal. Some of these solutions are being touted as the way to go in the future. I believe that our community has no shortage of genius, creative minds and brilliant ideas, so I encourage us all to think deeply about the tools we use and our personal freedoms.
About 2 months ago, I invited Richard Stallman to our monthly meetup at MIT. I wanted him to meet the Drupal community and take a look at how we work together on projects that are dear to our hearts, helpful to our communities and good for society- we make things happen. He gave a short lightning talk about free software and hardware, then we had a Q and A with him. Many of us got a better understanding of what his mission is and how we can be a part of the educational outreach for fsf.org. Learning to explain how free software is key to autonomy, privacy and human rights, is a big help for the movement.
Next, I invited RMS to NYCcamp... On Saturday July 18th, he gave the keynote speech to a packed house at the United Nations - http://nyccamp.org/keynote/2015-keynote. After the keynote and standing ovation, he connected with the Aegir team and began a discussion on web hosting platforms and free server tools which led to a larger group convening at a strategy session with the Aegir team lead, Chris Gervais and RMS. They led an engaging round table discussion with about 30 people - http://nyccamp.org/session/aegir-strategy-session-richard-stallman-and-c...
What an excellent time - your voice and thoughts are needed, let's free our future with free software as the foundation.
I love Drupal almost as much as I love freedom.