In a couple of weeks we will release OXID eShop version 4.6.0. Thanks to our proven Open Source development and beta testing process this release will be in time and built to highest quality standards.
However, starting with the release of version 4.6.0 we will introduce some slight changes in the update cycles. This will make the update process easier and clearer for everybody. We will also expand our maintenance activities for previous versions of OXID eShop.
There will be three different kinds of releases:
- Major releases: Upgrades OXID eShop to a new version number, e.g. 4.0 or 5.0
- Minor releases: Updates the current major release, e.g. 4.6 or 5.1
- Patch: Indicates the stage of development for current minor release, e.g. 4.6.1 or 4.5.8
As with previous version of OXID eShop you will continue to get a monthly patch that fixes known bugs for the current minor release. Extending our maintenance activities, from now on we will also supply patches for the previous version (X.X-1). But patches for previous versions will be released only when needed and not a regular basis. They will not contain any new or additional features.
As usual, you will have two possibilities to update: You can either download the full release or you can generate a cumulative package. Just pick your current version and you will get one package that will automatically do a complete update to the newest version of OXID eShop for you.
Keep your system up to date
Every release will be compatible with PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3.
For optimal functionality of OXID eShop and its extensions we recommend regular updates and always using the latest versions. We also recommend working with a test and staging system at all times.
The next major release will be 5.0, coming this summer. About a quarter of a year later we will supply you with the first minor release 5.1.
For the upcoming major releases we aim to get them out around the beginning of each year. The first minor release will follow early in the year, so our customers have enough time to update their shops and go into the Christmas trade with a smoothly running OXID eShop.