What will happen to my website if my association is using Open Y?

Nothing. There should be no change to your website or day-to-day operations. Open Y is built on Drupal, an open source platform with a development community of 1 million people. Because Drupal will continue to receive ongoing product updates from the Drupal community, there is no need to shift to another platform as long as you are happy with your current arrangement.

When will the last major release of new Open Y code be?

The code distribution maintained by the Open Y core team will be minimally maintained for the foreseeable future starting June 1, 2022. Primary code development of the Open Y digital platform will transition to Y USA. For more details on key dates, milestones, and roadmaps from Y USA on their iteration of the Open Y digital platform, please visit the Y Cloud website.

Reminder: Drupal, the open-source platform on which Open Y is built, will continue to receive ongoing product updates for the foreseeable future because of its community of over 1 million people. Open Y sites can be updated to the latest version of Drupal at any time by working with their developer partners.

Who do I go to for Open Y questions related to my website?

Your agency or development partner should be able to answer any questions you have. If you are on Open Y, then you already have a Drupal website and Drupal will continue to receive ongoing product updates thanks its community of 1 million people. Your agency partner can help you upgrade to the latest versions of Drupal in the future so that you can enjoy new functionality created by the Drupal community, while also keeping your website stable and secure. If you are using Y USA's Y Cloud platform, you will continue to work with the Y Cloud team.

How do I get new features and security updates for my website?

Because Open Y is open source, you can request new features from your agency or development partner. You can also collaborate with other Y associations that already use Open Y/Drupal for their websites to bring combined requests to your agencies/developer partners, which can help reduce costs. 

Drupal will continue to publish ongoing security updates. You can continue to work with your agency/developer partner to update your site to the latest versions of Drupal to ensure site security for the foreseeable future. If you are using Y USA's Y Cloud platform, you will receive these updates automatically without any additional effort from your Y.

What will happen with the Open Y code distribution?

The Open Y Platform transition is planned for June 1, 2022. The code distribution maintained by the Open Y core team will be minimally maintained for the foreseeable future starting June 1, 2022. Primary code development of the Open Y digital platform will transition to Y USA. For more details on key dates, milestones, and roadmaps from Y USA on their iteration of the Open Y digital platform, please visit https://ycloud.y.org/.

Because the code is open source and adheres to the GPL 2 license, third parties can make their own version of Open Y that they can continue to update. It is likely that several agencies and developer groups will make derivative versions of Open Y that they will continue to enhance and support in the foreseeable future.

What will happen to the Open Y community tools?
  • Open Y Slack will continue for the foreseeable future. 
  • Open Y Message Board will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • Open Y YouTube will be maintained for the foreseeable future.
  • OpenY.org will be maintained for the foreseeable future. 
  • Y USA will be creating and making available its own instances of tools such as Slack, Message Boards, and YouTube. More details will be posted at the Y Cloud website
What services will Y-USA be providing?

Y-USA’s Y Cloud offerings can be reviewed at the Y Cloud website.

What will happen to the Open Y core team?

The Open Y core team members are planning on returning to their positions at YMCA of the North. They hope to continue to partner with Y associations, Y USA, agencies and developer partners on creating digital functionality that is open source and can be shared throughout the Movement.

When will the Open Y monthly calls end?

The Open Y monthly calls facilitated by the Open Y core team commenced in May 2022. The recording of that call is posted on the Open Y YouTube channel.

Starting in June, Y USA will be facilitating a monthly call dedicated to the Open Y platform community.

What are the future plans for Open Y code?

Our current focus is on the transition to Y USA. Once the transition is complete, Y USA intends to publish a roadmap and create several resources for the Movement which are expected to be posted on the Y Cloud website.