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Subversion 1.5 Status Update

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-10-04 14:56:40 CEST

Well I think we can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.
 We are down to 16 issues with the 1.5 milestone. Of those, 7 are
STARTED so I think there are quite a few that will be RESOLVED in the
days ahead.

Karl is pretty close to done on sparse directories. Just a few
lingering issues remain.

Merge tracking has had several big issues RESOLVED, such as the new
merge algorithm that Kamesh committed. I think Dan has some concerns
about lingering edge cases that might show up. Paul is close to
committing a new API that will allow us to merge an arbitrary set of
revisions. Besides those there are a few other known issues we need
to get wrapped up.

There is definitely some issues in the tracker that anyone could step
in and knock off if you want to help. There are also at least a few
items being worked on that do not currently have the 1.5 milestone
attached, but will likely be done in time for release -- such as
relative externals.

It is hard to say at this point how we are doing in terms of our goal
date of October 12th. There has been so much activity the last month
or so I imagine we are all a little concerned about overall stability.
 That being said, I think that trunk builds are being used by a lot
wider group of people than ever before, so I remain optimistic that we
can stabilize for release in a good timeframe.

One thing that occurred to me recently was whether we have a release
manager for this release. Obviously it would be great if danderson
intends to remain in this role, but I do not want to volunteer him or
just assume he still wants the role. So this is an area where we
could possibly use a volunteer if we want to make progress towards

Finally, do we have a standard process for getting from /trunk to the
/1.5.x branch and RC1? It seems like we do this a little differently
each release. Given that I would still like to see us get a GA out
before the end of the year, I'd vote for whatever we think will give
us a quality RC1 release the fastest. I tend to think staying on
/trunk until we are ready to make the RC1 would do this as long as we
are watchful of what is being committed until we make the branch.
Anyway, I do not have any strong feelings on this. I just want to see
us continue to make progress towards the GA.

Mark Phippard
PS - For those that are interested, here are some rough issue tracking
numbers I have been keeping:
2007-09-06: 138 Total 37 Open (11 New, 10 Closed in previous 2 weeks)
2007-09-20: 146 Total 34 Open (7 New, 12 Closed in previous 2 weeks)
2007-10-04: 151 Total 16 Open (7 New, 23 Closed in previous 2 weeks)
These do not really capture issues that are moved in and out of the
1.5 milestone, other than how they impact on the totals.
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