Ever since day one, Drupal’s leadership has insisted on a policy of supporting the current and previous stable version of Drupal, those currently being V7 and V6. Drupal’s widespread influence and associated success rate can be directly attributed to this forward-thinking philosophy. Working towards preserving its cutting-edge technology means a commitment towards the future and not falling prey to the prevailing baggage that sometime accompanies previous versions.
Drupal 8 is coming
With the long anticipated arrival of V8 right around the corner (a possible release could be coming as soon as the end of this year), those on Drupal 6 will eventually lose their technical support from the official Drupal community. At the time of writing this, the V8 issue queue is hanging around the 100 mark and steadily reducing. It would appear that it is now time to determine your options when it comes to upgrading.
With the looming release of Drupal 8, the long life span of version 6 will come to an end.
What do I do if my site is still in Version 6?
Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator and project lead, stated in June 2014 “ that with still 200K known Drupal 6 sites in the wild, leadership is going to amend that policy slightly and authorize a three-month extension. Upgrade to Drupal 7 any time between now and three months after Drupal 8.0.0 is released.”
A three-month extension is not a lot of time, but it is considered a workable compromise between leaving Drupal 6 sites unsupported as soon as Drupal 8 is released and recognizing that the community volunteer resources are limited.
In supporting versions 7 and 8, the Security Team and Drupal leadership will apply applicable patches whenever possible to version 6. However, reliable support for Drupal 6 sites will have to come from those organizations committed to remaining in the status quo.