This is a quick note to highlight that in two weeks' time, the
REL1_38 branch will be created for MediaWiki core and each of the
extensions and skins in Wikimedia git, with some (the 'tarball') included
as sub-modules of MediaWiki itself. This is the first step in the
release process for
MediaWiki 1.38, which should be out in late May 2022, approximately six
months after MediaWiki 1.37.
The branches will reflect the code as of the last 'alpha' branch for
the release, 1.38.0-wmf.26, which will be deployed to Wikimedia wikis in
the week beginning 13 March 2022 for MediaWiki itself and those
extensions and skins available there.
After that point, patches that land in the main development branch
of MediaWiki and its bundled extensions and skins will be slated for
the MediaWiki 1.39 release unless specifically backported.
If you are working on a new feature that you wish to land for the
release, you now have a few days to finish your work and land it in the
development branch; feature changes should not be backported except in an
urgent case. If your work might not be complete in time, and yet should
block release for everyone else, please file a task against the
`mw-1.38-release` project on Phabricator.
If you have tickets that are already tagged for `mw-1.38-release`,
please finish them, untag them, or reach out to get them resolved in the
next few weeks.
We hope to issue the first release candidate, 1.38.0-rc.0, two weeks
after the branch point, and if all goes well, to release MediaWiki 1.38.0 a
few weeks after that.
*James D. Forrester* (he/him <http://pronoun.is/he> or they/themself
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>