History

We’ve been working on a new book about the history of WordPress drawing on dozens of interviews with the original folks involved and extensive research. It’s not ready yet, but for the tenth anniversary of WordPress we’d like to make a chapter available, On forking WordPress, forks in general, early WordPress, and the community, which you can download below in the following formats:

Jazzers and Release Dates

WordPress core developers share a love of jazz music, and all our major releases are named in honor of jazz musicians we personally admire. Here’s a list of releases and the musicians they were named for. You can listen to a Last.fm station of all the musicians we named a release for.

Version Musician Date
5.3 Rahsaan Roland Kirk Nov 12, 2019
5.2 Jaco Pastorius May 7, 2019
5.1 Betty Carter Feb 21, 2019
5.0 Bebo Vald├ęs Dec 6, 2018
4.9 Billy Tipton Nov 15, 2017
4.8 Bill Evans Jun 8, 2017
4.7 Sarah Vaughan Dec 6, 2016
4.6 Pepper Adams Aug 16, 2016
4.5 Coleman Hawkins Apr 12, 2016
4.4 Clifford Brown Dec 8, 2015
4.3 Billie Holiday Aug 18, 2015
4.2 Bud Powell Apr 23, 2015
4.1 Dinah Washington Dec 18, 2014
4.0 Benny Goodman Sep 4, 2014
3.9 Jimmy Smith Apr 16, 2014
3.8 Charlie Parker Dec 12, 2013
3.7 Count Basie Oct 24, 2013
3.6 Oscar Peterson Aug 1, 2013
3.5 Elvin Jones Dec 11, 2012
3.4 Grant Green Jun 13, 2012
3.3 Sonny Stitt Dec 12, 2011
3.2 George Gershwin Jul 4, 2011
3.1 Django Reinhardt Feb 23, 2011
3.0 Thelonious Monk Jun 17, 2010
2.9 Carmen McRae Dec 18, 2009
2.8 Chet Baker Jun 11, 2009
2.7 John Coltrane Dec 10, 2008
2.6 McCoy Tyner Jul 15, 2008
2.5 Michael Brecker Mar 29, 2008
2.3 Dexter Gordon Sep 24, 2007
2.2 Stan Getz May 16, 2007
2.1 Ella Fitzgerald Jan 22, 2007
2.0 Duke Ellington Dec 31, 2005
1.5 Billy Strayhorn Feb 17, 2005
1.2 Charles Mingus May 22, 2004
1.0 Miles Davis Jan 3, 2004
.70 No musician chosen. May 27, 2003