Proposed IcedTea 6 release
aph at redhat.com
Mon Aug 10 02:31:37 PDT 2009
Mark Wielaard wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-08-08 at 08:56 +0100, Andrew Haley wrote:
>> IMO we spend far too much time discussing these issues. We need to make
>> this standard procedure: whenever there are fixes for significant bugs we
>> apply them to the current release branch and make a minor release.
>> Whenever there are significant new features we make a major release.
>> A lot of the discussion in this list is, IMO, a result of confusing
>> these unrelated issues.
>> The ARM port is all ready to go in apart from one minor problem. This can
>> be fixed in the next few days, I hope, and the testing can begin.
> Right. I think the confusion comes from where people think we are in the
> release cycle. It would be good if we had more timed releases, say every
> 6 weeks on a Monday (or something similarly random, but consistent).
At the moment, we release when new features warrant it. By releasing
periodically you impose a schedule where none is needed. You also raise
the absurd possibility of a new release with no new features.
> Then it is clear that when the release manager says that a release is
> coming, you know when you must have had your code in, testing done and
> that a branch is imminent.
A release has been proposed, and we're having that discussion. Rather
than saying "A release will be made on Date X and if your code isn't
ready, tough", I'm asking "When will your code be ready?" This is a
far more sensible approach.
> Otherwise we get situations where there seems to be lots of discussions
> because some people believe we are ready and are in testing mode before
> a final release already and others think we are at the start of a
> release cycle and new stuff can still be added and additional testing
> needs to be done afterwards.
We're discussing it now. This is the notice that a release is proposed.
Let's get concrete. As far as I know the trunk is almost in a state where a
release branch can be made.
Who has work that they want to get in the next release? When can it
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