"Backport small changes to stable releases"
I’ve found the recent thread on distribution support very interesting.
An I’m especially excited by the prospects hinted at here
For those who haven’t read it, http://buytaert.net/8-steps-for-drupal-8 is worth a read. In it, step 6 is “Backport small changes to stable releases”. Drupal 7 is the first release we’ve been able to entertain the idea, since we have a testing framework with 25K tests and a version-specific dependency system. What the boundaries are of such changes isn’t quite defined yet, because Dries and I have kept pretty busy with, you know, getting Drupal 7 out the door. :P~