Drupal 7.4 released

Drupal 7.3, a maintenance release which fixes security vulnerabilities is now available for download.

Drupal 7.4 also fixes other issues reported through the bug tracking system.

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.

Docs team 2nd Quarter 2011 update

Hello from Jennifer and Ariane, your friendly Drupal Documentation Team co-leads! It’s time for a quarterly update on what’s happening in the Documentation team—we've been trying out some new initiatives and working on infrastructure since our last update (April 5, 2011), and we'd like to get you up to date.

April - June events

  • In April and May, Ariane tried out a new concept: picking out a few online Drupal.org documentation projects for the docs team to focus on, in the spirit of an agile "sprint" (not to be confused with a day-long let's-all-document "sprint"). April's sprint focused on 5 key Drupal 7 documentation updates, and it was quite successful: many people participated; four of the five documentation goals were completed, and lots of progress was made on the 5th (updating the core module documentation for Drupal 7). May's sprint had a bit less momentum, but many of the April contributors continued on, and some progress was made.
  • Jennifer also made a developer-doc priority for April and May—to finish the theme and module Drupal 6 to 7 migration guides. This task was completed in June.

DrupalCon London Session Schedule and Core Conversations

DrupalCon London
The DrupalCon London Team had the task of narrowing 341 fantastic proposals into a schedule of 60 sessions, balanced across 5 tracks: Site Building and Environment Set-up, Business and Best Practices, Code & Coders, Design, UX & Theming, and Ecosystem. You can check out the schedule now and attendees will be able to build their schedule on the DrupalCon London site by logging in later this week.

This breaks down to 5 tracks with 12 sessions each. The 6th track, Core Conversations, will also have 12 sessions slots available and DrupalCon London will be opening core conversation session proposals between 14 June and 14 July 2011, 23:59 GMT+1. Core Conversations are a place for people actively working on Drupal or Drupal.org to meet and plan the future of Drupal (Drupal 8). We will announce selected Core Conversation sessions on 22 July 2011.

Report from the University of Minnesota Drupal Usability Testing

From May 17 - 19, 2011, in advance of DrupalCamp Twin Cities, several Drupal community members met at the University of Minnesota usability lab in Minneapolis to perform a round of formal usability testing on Drupal 7. This is the fourth major usability testing for Drupal, and the first targeting the new Drupal 7 release.

People who were familiar with building websites (but not with Drupal) were observed while they worked through a number of site building tasks. This report contains a summary of the results.

Summary

The good news is that most of the changes that were put in Drupal 7 tested well. Compared to Drupal 6, Drupal 7 no longer confuses new users with basic conceptual hurdles like where the front-end vs. back-end of their site is and how to create an "About us" page, and for the most part the administrative interface is clear.

Here Come the DrupalCon London Keynote Speakers

drupalcon london

We are proud to announce DrupalCon London's keynote speakers: Tom Standage, The Web Standardistas and, of course, Dries Buytaert.

Dries Buytaert

driesDries Buytaert, Drupal Project Lead and President of the Drupal Association, will kick-off the conference with his State of Drupal keynote presentation on Tuesday, 23rd August.

Dries Buytaert will discuss where Drupal is and where it is going. In particular, he’ll discuss the future of Drupal 8 and give an update on the core initiatives that were set-up since the last DrupalCon.

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source Web publishing platform or “the reason there is a DrupalCon in the first place”. In addition, he is also the co-founder and CTO of Acquia, a company that offers hosting, technical support, and services for the Drupal platform, and the co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps identify content quality and stop website spam.

Drupal 7.2 and 6.22 released

Drupal 7.1 and 6.21, maintenance releases which fix security vulnerabilities are now available for download.

Drupal 7.2 and 6.22 also fix other issues reported through the bug tracking system.

Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 7.x release series, consult the Drupal 7.0 release announcement, more information on the 6.x releases can be found in the Drupal 6.0 release announcement. Drupal 5 is no longer maintained, upgrading to Drupal 6 is recommended.

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