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Re: The Drive to 1.5

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-07-10 12:19:02 CEST

"Mark Phippard" <markphip@gmail.com> writes:
> Hopefully this is not inappropriate given that I do not contribute
> very much to the actual code. But I do follow and participate in the
> process very actively so I am fairly well in tune with what is going
> on. It seems like we are drawing closer to the end of the 1.5
> development cycle. There is still work to be done for sure, things we
> all want to see done. I am not suggesting we are ready to branch,
> because we are not.
>
> In the interests of working towards the point when we can branch,
> however, I think it would be a good time to start defining what is
> left to do. I know that Dan has been doing a good job maintaining a
> to-do list for merge tracking in:
>
> http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/trunk/notes/merge-tracking.txt
>
> There are definitely still some things to do on that list, but it is
> definitely shrinking. I get the sense that there are a lot of
> "loose-ends" throughout various aspects of the product that only
> different sets of people know much about. I think it would make sense
> to establish some kind of master TODO file in trunk where we can start
> to record all of the things that need to get done before we branch.
> This would accomplish a few things:
>
> 1) Increase visibility of what is left to be done. This will help
> focus our efforts on what needs to be done. It is summer, which means
> people are going on vacations. We don't want something to get missed
> because the only person that knows about something is away. Having a
> list might also help motivate people that have a couple of spare hours
> to knock something off it.
>
> 2) It should help with communication and help set our expectations for
> the release. As an example, the recent changes that make it easier to
> use Serf with Neon has also raised the awareness that we have work to
> do in ra_serf. Was someone hoping to tackle all of that work before
> 1.5? Please do not answer here, it is an example. The point is that
> if someone adds that to the TODO list it can open up the topic for
> discussion and negotiation, especially if it gets to a point where it
> is the only remaining item. Again, this is just an off-the-cuff
> example, do not read anything into the specifics.
>
> 3) Give us a better idea of when we are going to branch.
>
> I know that historically the project has not maintained a TODO list,
> or wanted to have one around. It just seems like this release is
> really big and there are these little loose ends all over the place
> that need to be documented before they are forgotten. Maybe a lot of
> them have been cleaned up already, but a list would help make that
> clear as well as allow us to prioritize what is remaining.
>
> Finally, I am not proposing any kind of high ceremony process or
> document here. Just a place where people can record things that
> either they want to get done themselves or maybe no needs to be done
> before we can release. This issue with the fsfs transaction names is
> a good a recent example.

Good idea -- how about just making it be the 1.5 release notes file,
with extra slots for individual "todo" sub-items? As they are done,
we can just remove them. What remains would be the high-level feature
and change descriptions, that is, the usual release notes.

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