UT Drupal Kit 3.9.0/3.9.1 Release

NOTE: Due to a CSS regression introduced in the 3.9.0 release, the 3.9.1 bugfix release was created prior to the 3.9.0 release announcement.

This serves as the release announcement for both 3.9.0 and 3.9.1. For details about the 3.9.1 bugfix, please see the release notes.

UT Drupal Kit 3.9.0 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system.

In addition to the usual mix of bugfixes and visual improvements, the major changes in this release are the update to version 9.4 of Drupal core and an update to the “Layout Builder Styles” module which introduces a change to the user interface for content editors. There is also a major version change to the “Facets” module which may require attention by developers of customized sites.

Callouts for the most impactful changes follow below. For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

UT Drupal Kit’s Roadmap to Drupal 10

Summary (TL;DR)

  • Drupal 10 is scheduled to be released in December 2022.
  • Rollout of Drupal 10 to the UT Drupal Kit will be a gradual process over the course of the next four scheduled maintenance releases.
  • Owners of customized UTDK sites have specific responsibilities to ensure that their sites will be ready for the final transition to Drupal 10.
  • Work on these tasks should start immediately.

(This post includes discussion of the Drupal project’s release cycle and version numbers. For more information, see “Drupal core release cycle: major, minor, and patch releases.”)

Drupal 10 is scheduled to be released on December 14, 2022, with a simultaneous release of Drupal 9.5 as the long-term support (LTS) version of Drupal 9. The end of security support for Drupal 9 is scheduled for November 2023.

As it was with the update from Drupal 8 to 9, the UT Drupal Kit will include the Drupal 10 update as part of a standard maintenance release. But due to the large scope of changes involved in Drupal 10, we plan to make the journey from Drupal 9 to 10 through a series of steps spread over six months, to allow site owners sufficient time to prepare.

Here is an overview of the high-level roadmap through the eventual update to Drupal 10, followed by more detailed discussion of each step.

Date UTDK version Planned change
November 2022 3.9.0 Update Drupal Core to 9.4
January 2023 3.10.0 Update Drupal Core to 9.5
March 2023 3.11.0 Update CKEditor to version 5
May 2023 3.12.0 Update Drupal Core to 10.x

UT Drupal Kit 3.8.0 Release

UT Drupal Kit 3.8.0 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system.

This release consists of core and contrib module updates and the usual mix of bugfixes and visual improvements.

For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

UT Drupal Kit 3.7.0/3.7.1 Release

NOTE: Due to a dependency version error introduced in the 3.7.0 release, the 3.7.1 bugfix release was created prior to the 3.7.0 release announcement.

This serves as the release announcement for both 3.7.0 and 3.7.1. For details about the 3.7.1 bugfix, please see the release notes.

UT Drupal Kit 3.7.0 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system.

In addition to core and contrib module updates and the usual mix of bugfixes and visual improvements, the 3.7.0 release is focused on addressing compatibility issues with PHP 8.

Callouts for the most impactful changes follow below. For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

UT Drupal Kit 3.6.0/3.6.1 release

NOTE: Due to a minor visual regression error introduced in the 3.6.0 release, the 3.6.1 bugfix release was created prior to the 3.6.0 release announcement.

This serves as the release announcement for both 3.6.0 and 3.6.1. For details about the 3.6.1 bugfix, please see the release notes.

UT Drupal Kit 3.6.0 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system. In addition to core and contrib module updates and the usual mix of bugfixes and visual improvements, the 3.6.0 release contains two new features: a “Hero Carousel” component, and a “Calendar of Events” display option in the Event add-on.

Callouts for the most impactful changes follow below. For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

Recent UT Drupal Kit 3 hotfix releases

Since the release of UT Drupal Kit 3.5.0 on March 25, there have been multiple interim hotfix releases for various components of the Kit, including the main installation profile and all three of the add-on features (Events, News, Profiles).

The release notes for the 3.5.1 and 3.5.2 hotfixes detail all of the issues which have been addressed in these releases.

UT Drupal Kit 3.5.0 release

UT Drupal Kit 3.5.0 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system.

This release consists primarily of core and contrib module updates, as well as the usual mix of bugfixes, visual improvements, and documentation updates.

Callouts for the most impactful changes follow below. For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

Update on Drupal 7 end-of-life and the UT Drupal Kit (March 2022)

Summary (TL;DR)

  • The official end of life for Drupal 7 (D7) has been extended to November 2023, and will be reassessed annually.
  • ITS will continue to support the D7 version of the UT Drupal Kit with unscheduled maintenance releases beyond the originally planned November 2022 end-of-life date.
  • ITS will engage with site owners responsible for sites running the Drupal 7 version of the UT Drupal Kit to ensure that migration planning is taking place.

UT Drupal Kit 3.4.1 release

NOTE: Due to an error encountered during the packaging process of the 3.4.0 release, the 3.4.1 release was created immediately afterward but is functionally identical. This serves as the release announcement for both 3.4.0 and 3.4.1.

UT Drupal Kit 3.4.1 is a bi-monthly maintenance release for the Drupal 9 version of the University of Texas at Austin’s custom distribution of the Drupal web content management system.

This release contains a number of new features and improvements, as well as the usual mix of bugfixes, visual improvements, and documentation updates.

Callouts for the most impactful changes follow below. For full details of all issues included in this release, please refer to the changelog on the release notes, which links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

Drupal 7 end-of-life and the UT Drupal Kit

IMPORTANT: The timeline described in this announcement has been superseded by an updated post in March 2022.

Summary (TL;DR)

  • The official end of life for Drupal 7 (D7) is scheduled for November 2022.
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance releases of the D7 version of the UT Drupal Kit will end at that time.
  • Site owners responsible for sites running Drupal 7, with or without the use of the UT Drupal Kit, should be planning to move these sites to a supported CMS.