So long, Drupal 5.x (End of Life Announcement)

On January 15, 2007 (Drupal's 6th Birthday), Drupal 5.0 was released. Neil Drumm acted as the Branch Maintainer for the past four years up until one final commit on January 6, 2011 to clarify the PHP compatibility.

When Drupal 7 was released that meant that Drupal 5 was no longer supported. This announcement is merely a reminder of that fact. It is the policy (and, to large extent a matter of pragmatics) of the Drupal community to support only the current major release of Drupal (currently Drupal 7.x), and the previous release (currently Drupal 6.x). See Drupal's version info for more details on this policy.

Drupal 5 is no longer officially supported

What does it mean that Drupal 5 is no longer officially supported?

  1. You should not expect any of these issues to be fixed in Drupal core.
  2. The Drupal Security team will no longer solicit nor work to address issues that are reported in the 5.x branch of Drupal core or contributed projects. - Educational and social networking site on Drupal 6 is a website developed by the Independent Adoption Center (IAC) that addresses the issues birth parents face when considering open adoption for their child. The site provides a social network for birth mothers, on-line counseling support, parent profiles, as well as stories, photos, and videos contributed by IAC birth parents. The site was developed in house using Drupal 6, and was made possible by a grant from the Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation.

Predictions for 2011

We have a tradition since 2003 that at the beginning of each year we look back on what has happened and make some predictions for the year ahead. Lets start with looking at the past to see what people thought about 2010 in this posting .

One of the best things that happened to Drupal in 2010 was the fact that the redesign went live, as predicted. Thanks to the Drupal Association and the hard work of many volunteers. On the other hand, one of the things nobody thought would happen... didn't happen. Drupal 7 was not released in 2010, yet 1,000 people (and more) worked hard to make D7 the best release ever shipping with a stable release in the first days of 2011. WordPress won the Packt Publishing CMS award with—after a tie—one vote more than Drupal. This shows that WP has become a complete CMS, as was also predicted, despite their own words that We don't want WordPress to develop a reputation.

Only Eight Weeks Until DrupalCon Chicago - Buy Your Early Bird Ticket Now!

DrupalCon Chicago, March 7-10, 2011

Only about eight weeks remain until DrupalCon Chicago; if you haven't bought your ticket yet, now is the time to do so! The Early Bird Registration rate of $350 is still available, but not for long. Starting January 15, ticket prices will increase to $400, so act now and save!

DrupalCon Chicago will feature more than 85 confirmed sessions and panels from some of the most influential people and brightest minds within the Drupal community and beyond. Don’t miss out on live keynotes from Dries Buytaert, Clay Shirky, and Jared Spool, and a wealth of content that will be offered via pre-conference training sessions, the exhibit hall Day Stage, Birds of a Feather sessions, Core Conversations, sprints, and more.

Your guide to rocking your Drupal 7 Release Party

On January 7, thousands of Drupal community members around the world will gather together to celebrate the release of Drupal 7. This is an incredible event for the entire community, and we want to help you be a part of bringing the community together to celebrate! To that end, we have put together a guide to help your share your celebrations.

Drupal 7.0 is released!

After nearly three years of intense community collaboration by nearly a thousand contributors, Drupal 7.0 is today officially released and ready for download!

Built for community, by community

Some contributors of Drupal 7, arranged in a tag cloud shaped like Druplicon.
(Some of the contributors to Drupal 7, image generated with Tagxedo (, full list of Drupal 7 contributors)

Drupal 7 is a truly revolutionary release that saw both the size and diversity of our contributor community grow exponentially. Through the formation of and strong coordination among the Usability, Accessibility, and Design teams, Drupal 7 addresses a number of our project’s longest-standing limitations and opens up access for more people to enjoy the strong web publishing framework we have all come to love.

Huge congratulations to the community, and everyone who worked so hard to make Drupal 7 the most amazing version of Drupal yet!


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