As of version 1.7.0 released July 2011, the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Platform are separate projects. The CMS is now a user or customer of the Platform (libraries/joomla). This means that we need to change the way we work on issues that require changes to the Platform. Please note that this is an on-going process that is subject to revision as we gain more experience with the two projects.
Some issues affect only the CMS or only the platform. Other issues affect both projects. Each type of issue is discussed below.
If CMS only, there is no change to the current process. Everything will work through the Joomlacode CMS Issue Tracker.
Some platform bugs do not directly affect the CMS. An example might be a bug in a method that is not used in the CMS. In this case, the issue should be tracked and fixed in the Platform Github site.
If an issue is in a file in the libraries/joomla folder and is causing an issue in the CMS, we will track and fix the issue in the CMS and then report the issue to the Platform project, as follows:
In some cases, new CMS features will require platform changes as well as other CMS changes. In this case, there are two possible approaches, as follows:
Break the project into two phases, with the first phase being the platform changes and the second phase being the CMS changes.
Once the CMS has its own Github repository, it will be possible to set up a project so that has the CMS code pointing to the CMS repository on Github and the Platform code pointing to the Platform repository on Github. When the feature is completed and ready to merge back, you can create separate pull requests, one for each repository. Note that you will still need to make sure the correct Platform version is available to the CMS.