Drupal 7 Content Management System Beta Coming Soon
Project founder Dries Buytaert recently spoke about the upcoming release, stating that the beta path still has some work to be done. "Drupal 7 will enter the beta phase when the upgrade path from Drupal 6 to 7 works. At the time of this writing there are 13 critical issues preventing this advancement."
Buytaert said that they are adding a new severity level to the project's ticketing system, to be positioned between "critical" and "normal". "Major bugs would be really bad, but not necessarily block a release. For example, bugs that don't prevent Drupal from working, or that only affect a fraction of the Drupal population would be prioritized for fixing in follow-up releases." He considers critical bugs to be those that break the Drupal CMS, and those that are a major regression in comparison to Drupal 6.