UT Drupal Kit

Update on Drupal 7 end-of-life and the UT Drupal Kit (August 2023)

Summary (TL;DR)

  • The official end of life for Drupal 7 (D7) has been extended to January 5, 2025. This is the final extension.
  • ITS will continue to support the D7 version of the UT Drupal Kit with unscheduled maintenance releases until January 2025 or until all active sites have been retired, whichever comes first.
  • ITS will continue engaging with site owners responsible for sites running the Drupal 7 version of the UT Drupal Kit to ensure that migration planning is taking place.

For background on this issue, please start with these older posts:

In June 2023, the Drupal Security Team released an updated public service announcement stating that Drupal 7 will reach its final end-of-life on January 1, 2025. There will be no further extensions of this deadline.

With this final extension, ITS is now committing to end support for the Drupal 7 version of the UT Drupal Kit (UTDK 2) no later than January 5, 2025. We will continue to release long-term maintenance releases on an ad-hoc basis until that time, based on the availability and impact of Drupal 7 core and contrib updates.

Our team is continuing to monitor which UTDK 2-based sites are still online, and will continue to engage with site owners to ensure that timely migration plans are being developed, with a goal of fully retiring support for UTDK 2 as soon as possible. Any UTDK 2 site owners who have not yet started planning their migrations should email as soon as possible to initiate a discussion.

By Paul Grotevant

Paul Grotevant is the Senior IT Manager of Web Content Management Solutions for Information Technology Services at the University of Texas at Austin.

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