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Re: Ready for RC1

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2008 15:30:43 +0000

Mark Phippard wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 10:38 PM, Hyrum K. Wright wrote:
>>Mark Phippard wrote:
>> > I'd like to begin the discussion on when we will be ready for RC1. I
[...]
>>
>> I want to be sure we feel comfortable releasing something as 1.5.0
>> before we start calling it a release candidate. That should be the
>> litmus test. If the code currently in 1.5.x troubles people, we should
>> call it a beta.
>
> Well, my point was that if the code in 1.5.x troubles people we need
> to get those troubles listed and out in the open so that we can
> address them, otherwise we will never release. I think the best way
> to feel comfortable is to have our users use the software and give us
> feedback, and the best way to make that happen is to get to RC1.

I think you are right that we need to push for a Release Candidate very soon,
because as you observed before we have slowed right down on feature coding and
it seems like the Alpha release may not be getting enough serious evaluation.

At the same time, I would like us to take two other approaches to evaluating
our readiness for a full release: (1) Review and document each major feature at
a high level in terms of completeness, expectation management, traps for the
unwary, whether we can see a smooth upgrade path for it in v1.6, etc. and (2)
API review. I'm starting separate threads about these.

These reviews should not delay preparing a release candidate, they are just
additional quality checks that can be ongoing during the release process.

>> [On a philosophical note, I don't see myself as the guy who dictates
>> /when/ we release, so much as the guy who pushes the button to get the
>> release process rolling when we do decide to do a release (alpha, beta,
>> rc, whatever). I prefer the "when" question be answered by the
>> community. I try not to appear too dictatorial in declaring goals for
>> rolling releases; I'm just helping give people a target to shoot toward
>> for backports.]
>
> I think you are doing great, I do not think anyone thinks you have
> been heavy-handed.

Yes, indeed, Hyrum: you've been doing just what we need.

- Julian

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