[MediaWiki-announce] MediaWiki 1.20.0 released

Mark A. Hershberger mah at everybody.org
Wed Nov 7 01:22:40 UTC 2012

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I'm happy to announce the availability of the first stable release
of the new MediaWiki 1.20 release series.

MediaWiki 1.20 is a large release that contains many new features and
bug fixes. This is a summary of the major changes of interest to users.
You can consult the RELEASE-NOTES-1.20 file for the full list of changes
in this version.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped to improve MediaWiki by testing
the beta release and submitting bug reports.

== What's new? ==

MediaWiki 1.20 brings the usual host of various bugfixes and new features.

* Minimum PHP version is now 5.3.2.

* New diff view, greatly improved in clarity especially for
whitespace and other small changes and color-blind users.

* New special page Special:MostInterwikis.

* New magic word {{PAGEID}} which gives the current page ID.

* The info action has been reimplemented.


* New languages supported: Emilian (egl), Tornedalen Finnish (fit),
Mizo (lus), Santali (sat), Turoyo (tru)

* New Cyrillic-Latin language converter for Uzbek (uz)

== What's next? ==

=== Next Release ===

Since the Wikimedia Foundation has successfully switched to a biweekly
release cycle for their sites, making releases of MediaWiki available
on a more regular basis makes sense.  As of this release, we plan to
release a new version of MediaWiki every six months.  This means that
version 1.21 of MediaWiki will be released in April or May 2013.

=== Long Term Support ===

We're working closely with Linux distributors to make sure that the
MediaWiki bundled in Linux is something that we feel more comfortable
supporting.  In this vein, MediaWiki 1.19 is being targeted for "long
term support".  Since Debian (the Linux distribution with the longest
release cycle) has a two year cycle between each freeze and we've
gotten MediaWiki 1.19 into Wheezy, we'll support MW 1.19 for the next
two years.  (Thank you especially to MediaWiki developer Platonides
for his help in working with the Debian developers.)

Full release notes:

Frequently asked questions about upgrading:


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