We really don’t want to encourage people to run their MediaWiki site off of subversion checkouts. Still, if we don’t release often enough, some people will see a tasty feature in HEAD or an extension that only works against the TRUNK and feel compelled to skip the stable releases to use it. In 2010, we only released one version of MediaWiki: 1.16. We’re currently working on the 1.17 release. This involves branching the code, slogging through the code review of the as-yet-unreviewed revisions, and getting all the 1.17 blocker bugs fixed. As our release schedule has slowed, some admins don’t bother to look for upgrades or, the more adventurous ones, run off of HEAD. Both of these are less than ideal and can expose a MediaWiki site to security risks. One of the things I would like to do as Bugmeister is help get MediaWiki back on a regular schedule. We used to have quarterly releases of MediaWiki, so maybe we can shoot for two (or three???) releases this year. I’ve talked to a couple of people and, assuming we can manage to get 1.17 out the door in the next few weeks, it should be possible to get 1.18 out by the middle of the year. Now, don’t think of this as an official announcement, I’m just expressing my personal hopes and goals. And we do need to get 1.17 out soon. But I hope to get 1.18 out the door by July.