"We bit off more than we could chew," admits Mark Jaquith, a lead WordPress developer, on the WordPress development blog.
Jaquith's comment is in reference to the recent decision to axe the 2.0.x legacy branch, even though it was was slated to make it to 2010. The decision was mainly based on the amount of security improvements to the new versions of WordPress in the last couple of years, and what it would mean to port those changes (a crap-ton of work, instability, the possibility of new bugs).
"Additionally, far fewer people stayed on the 2.0.x branch than we anticipated," continues Jaquith. "I take that as a testament to the new features in WordPress and perhaps even more the features offered by plugins, many of which don’t support older versions of WordPress!"
A post about the possible multimedia features in version 2.9 was also on the schedule this month, but so far we've seen neither hide nor hair. Perhaps with the 2.0.x weight off their shoulders, the WordPress heads in develoment will take the month's remaining day to throw something together. Cross your fingers and keep watch with us here.