This is now done and deployed in production! Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Tyler and Chad for their help with the rather unexpectedly messy deployment.

The resulting repos can be seen here:

The next step would be to break the MobileFrontend dependency on the Minerva skin. I've setup an epic (subtasks to be filed as I find them) and would appreciate help doing this if anyone is looking for a fun side project and interested in improving our skin ecosystem!

There is a milestone on the MinervaNeue project tracking all open bugs:

Your help is welcomed and appreciated!!

‪On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 10:46 AM ‫יגאל חיטרון‬‎ <> wrote:‬
Hi. The link [5] is dead.

2017-07-04 20:45 GMT+03:00 Gergo Tisza <>:
Nice! Thanks for working on this.

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 7:03 PM, Jon Robson <> wrote:

> Dear all
> Back in 2014, Legoktm made the sensible suggestion [1] that we should pull
> the skin portion of code from the MobileFrontend extension.
> I've spent the last few months making it possible and I now plan to make
> this a reality. I now plan to make this change on the 12th&13th July with
> Chad (RainbowSprinkles) [2].
> I'm writing to give notice; answer questions and minimise the disruption
> that may cause. A while back when Vector was pulled out of MediaWiki core,
> there was a little bit of pain so I'm keen to help people avoid this.
> *Developers:*

> Please make sure you update vagrant. Vagrant will install the new skin as
> part of the MobileFrontend role and provided you do `vagrant git-update`
> you will not experience any breakage.
> If you are not using Vagrant, please install the new skin [3] and load it
> using wfLoadSkin (after including MobileFrontend extension). When
> MobileFrontend stops working thats a sign you need to pull the latest code
> from Master.
> *3rd parties who are using MobileFrontend in deployed wikis*

> Please be aware of this change when updating MobileFrontend. To be safe
> you should install the MinervaNeue skin [3] as part of your deploy process
> and keep an eye on compatibility.
> The MinervaNeue skin and MobileFrontend are being kept backwards
> compatibility to ensure we do not break anything in Wikimedia's production
> cluster, which is detailed in the Phabricator task [4].
> *Translators*

> As part of the migration I will be porting over translations to the new
> skin from MobileFrontend. There may be some changes to the message keys
> during this period of time so please bare this in mind when translating.
> The goal is to avoid unnecessary translations!
> *Why are you doing this?!!?*

> I've tried to write up this here [5]. Feel free to ask questions on the
> talk page there. It's a good conversation to have.
> *Can I just use MobileFrontend?*

> Sure. If you just have MobileFrontend it will give you a separate mobile
> site and you are free to use whatever skin you want there.
> *Can I just use the Minerva skin and throw away my mobile site?*

> Not quite. But that's the next step that this enables... :) More on that
> later.
> *Any questions?*

> Feel free to reply to this thread with any concerns or questions you have
> or any way I can improve this migration.
> *Can I do nothing?*

> If you do not update sure, but if you are updating your instance it's
> going to break soon if you do not do anything.
> Let me know if any questions!
> Jon
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> [5]
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> Minerva_as_a_desktop_skin.3F
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