WordPress 2.8.1 Beta By End Of The Week

So the WordPress development chat in the dev channel on IRC just took place and here is a brief rundown of the information presented within.

  • WordPress 2.8.1 Beta aimed to be release by the end of this week
  • WordPress 2.9 Target date is October 31st
  • Some fixes to high impact bugs are in.
  • Investigate lengthening RC periods depending on RC download numbers
  • Promote upgrading to RCs more
  • Note that we need help testing with the bazillion plugins in existence

The one thing I took out of the chat is the underlying problem that there are simply too few testers. There needs to be more testing on a scale that matches the kind of environments people use WordPress in when a stable version is released. The same core group of people testing each version are beginning to miss things that other people may have found otherwise. Also, more RC testing on established sites that have plugins would be great as it would provide early detection of plugins which might break due to the new version.

I believe the chat for next week will be focused on WordPress 2.9.


9 responses to “WordPress 2.8.1 Beta By End Of The Week”

  1. Didn’t take long this time around compared to other X.X.X versions.

    I agree with not being enough beta testers. More testers are needed to locate bugs before the final release. Seriously thought, it’s not very hard at all to setup a directory within a main site just to test beta versions of WP. More people are needed to nail bugs on the head in various environments.

    Maybe wordpress.org could promote beta testing a bit better? on front page of wordpress.org or something?

  2. I think we could do our part by writing posts about the RCs and tweeting about it. The testers we need to push into this are really the development part of the community, such as plugin and theme authors, because they have the knowledge to pin-point errors and report them correctly. Not that we shouldn’t get the whole community involved.

    I’m going to try to go to more WordPress Dev. Chat on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM GMT.

  3. Dude, 2.8.1 coming out so soon? I have to upgrade over 30 installations……….aaaaaaaargh.

    so why were the bug fixes on 2.8.1 “overlooked” in 2.8? the closer together the releases are, the worse it will look for WordPress
    .-= Most Recently Published Blog Post… WordCamp Toronto 2009 =-.

  4. @Miroslav Glavic – Yeah I agree… More updating. I think it would be safe to only update sites that are having problems with 2.8.

    The reason why these problems were not found before the release of 2.8 is because not enough people are doing beta testing for WP. When the wider public updated to 2.8 that’s when the problems started to show on a bigger scale because more were using 2.8.

  5. Hey, the timetable was right on this time. 2.8.1 beta 1 was released on Saturday night I believe. I’m thinking of moving WPTavern.com to the trunk version of WordPress just to do the testing in line with day to day activities.


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