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Since there seems to be a lot of issues with latest release (7.x-1.6) as we need to update two modules at the same time and automatic updates cannot handle that we need at least to make it easier so sites don't crash.
Issues that should be fixed by this release (though most of them are basically the same, wrong version of either variable or i18n):
On variable side:
Patches are already committed so all we need is some testing before we can release a new version.