Later this year, the eagerly awaited Drupal 9 will be released. While we have the newly published “Ultimate Guide to Drupal 9” as a handy resource to help you prepare for a move to Drupal 9, I wanted to take this time to go over some of the rumors around this upcoming major release and separate fact from fiction.
1. “When Drupal 9 is released, Drupal 7 and 8 will reach their ends of life.”
Fiction. While it’s true that if you’re running Drupal 7 or 8, you’ll want to upgrade to Drupal 9 so you receive continued support, community support lasts until November 2021 for both — it does not end on June 3 when Drupal 9 is scheduled for release. And if you’re still not ready to make the transition from Drupal 7 at that point, Acquia is a participant in the D7 Vendor Extended Support (D7ES) program and will offer customers extended support for another 3 years until the end of 2024.
2. “Drupal 9 will be the same as Drupal 8.”
Mostly Fact. Drupal 9 was mostly built in Drupal 8, so it will offer the same user experience and great features you’ve come to expect. But it also comes with some under-the-hood upgrades to dependencies, such as Symfony, jQuery UI and Twig, as well as increased system requirements, to ensure the platform remains safe and stable for years to come.