This is a quick note to highlight that the REL1_36 branch has now been
created for MediaWiki core and each of the extensions and skins in
Wikimedia git. This is the first step in the release process for
MediaWiki 1.36, which should be out in late May 2021, approximately nine
months after MediaWiki 1.35.
The branches reflect (or are at least very close to) the code as of the
last 'alpha' branch for the release, 1.36.0-wmf.38, which was deployed to
Wikimedia wikis last week for MediaWiki itself and those extensions and
skins available there.
From now on patches that land in the main development
branch of MediaWiki
and its bundled extensions and skins will be slated for the
release unless specifically backported.
If you are working on a critical bug fix that will affect the code in the
release, once the patch has been merged into the development branch, you
should propose it for backporting by cherry-picking to the REL1_36 branch.
If you are working on a new feature, that should now not be backported. If
you have an urgent case where the work should block release for everyone
else, please file a task against the `mw 1.36-release` project on
If you have tickets that are tagged for `mw-1.36-release`, please finish
them, untag them, or reach out to get them resolved in the next few days.
We hope to issue the first release candidate, 1.36.0-rc.0, in two weeks'
time, and if all goes well, to release MediaWiki 1.36.0 a few weeks after