The authoring experience improvements we made in Drupal 8 appear to be well-received, but that doesn't mean we are done. With semantic versioning in Drupal 8, we can now make more UX changes in follow-up releases of Drupal 8. So now is a good time to start moving Drupal's user experience forward.
Richard Burford (psynaptic) was an active contributor in the Drupal community. After he joined the community in late 2006, he actively encouraged, organized, and mentored other community members, while also posting more than 1,100 commits.
Update: Newer versions of Drupal 8 are now available. We will no longer post front page announcements for every monthly bugfix release, but you can always follow the Drupal project page to find the latest release.
Drupal 8.0.5, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes), is now available for download.
Last week, we launched a new list of organizations on Drupal.org that shows every profile that has been created for an organization. This includes companies, universities, nonprofits, governments and more. These are our customers and community organizations that use Drupal to power their web experiences. By giving their developers time to contribute back code to the community, they are helping to ensure the project gets the best ideas from the most diverse group of makers and builders.