Vanilla 2.6 is coming! Are you ready?
Vanilla 2.6 is coming in April. It requires PHP 7.0.
It features a new "Category Following" system that replaces the old "Hide Category" functionality. It allows users to "follow" individual categories, and then filter their Recent Discussions views to include all discussions or only those from followed categories. It also will include new endpoints for the native API, and the new "Vanilla Connect" single sign-on system.
Vanilla 2.7 will follow later this year. I'll announce details once its scope is completed, which may be a month or more in the future. Its marquee feature is a new rich text editor.
Now is the time to verify your system is running PHP 7.0 and make a plan for how to upgrade if it isn't. We do not plan to backport patches to the 2.5 branch after 2.6 is released, which means your install will fall out of date if new security issues are found.
Didn't 2.5 just release in December?
Yes, accelerated releases is part of our new unified release process that keeps open source up-to-date with our cloud offering. We expect 4 months will be an average or even "long" release cycle going forward. We schedule releases based on their projected completion, not based on a fixed deadline determined in advance. Projects we expect to take longer than 4 months are generally slated for multiple releases in the future. Lastly, we are continuing to refine this process, so expect more changes along the way.
Is there a public roadmap?
Not officially, but we do intend to pre-announce features in advance whenever possible. And, as ever, much of our planning & work is done on our public repositories where you are free to follow along. For instance, we've been working on the rich text editor in public for a number of months now (on the
feature/rich-editor-mvp branch of the vanilla/vanilla repo).
Happy to answer any other questions as best I can.