The State of WordPress's Upgrade Cycle

From Dave, Spam Karma’s original author:

WordPress kinda sucks nowadays. Its retarded upgrade rate makes it nearly impossible to keep up, in turn making it a constant security threat on my servers. And each time I finally cave in and install one of those “mandatory security upgrade”, it also installs 600 Ko of other theme compatibility-breaking fluffy crap that I never asked for in the first place.

And another from Jacques Chester:

The heart of the problem with WordPress is its release management strategy. Frankly, it sucks. They follow the Microsoft doctrine that bugfixes and feature additions belong in the same blob.

This means you have to upgrade when a new version comes out. And hope they didn’t introduce bugs that, say, drop the categories on hundreds of stories when upgrading. Because they don’t know if it will, because they don’t write tests to prove the software is sound, for the love of Mary.

Sad, but true.

In case you’ve forgotten, the 2.6 release also brought at least two different errors: get_posts() and Permalink with “index.php” break.

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