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Re: Ready for RC1

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 17:15:30 -0500

On Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 1:20 PM, Justin Erenkrantz <justin_at_erenkrantz.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 4:34 PM, Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > I think we should do these items and move on to the RC1 process. If
> > you disagree with this, then just please explain why, and even better
> > please list the things that you think need to happen to get us to RC1.
> > Please be as specific as possible. I will do whatever I can to drum
> > up the resources necessary to make these things happen (assuming there
> > is consensus they need to be done).
> RC implies to me that we can make *no* more substantive changes and
> that we as a community feel it is 1.5.0 except for last-minute
> thinkos. In my opinion, we're simply not there yet. We need to give
> a little more time for feedback from folks before we go off
> half-cocked. Perhaps a 'beta' is the next step, but I also think
> overloading folks with too frequent releases is a bad thing because
> we're creating too much of a moving target. We should let each
> release sit for ~2 weeks to give folks a real chance to play with it
> rather than constantly spinning out 'alpha1', 'alpha2', etc. So, in
> other words, we should be patient and not be overly aggressive. --

I am not sure we are disagreeing. I am just saying that I think our
next release should be RC1 and not an alpha3. We do not have any
specific development tasks we are working on so we are at the point we
should be getting community feedback. Declaring the next release RC1
is the best way to get that.

Alpha1 was rolled on 2/21 and alpha2 was released to the public on
2/29. So we are essentially only 8-9 days in. I was suggesting we do
the necessary backports work, get the CHANGES, release notes etc ready
so that when we get to that 14-20 day point we can do the RC1. If
some stuff comes up that is creating some new work then we could call
it Beta instead or hold it a little longer. I do not think we are
being overly aggressive. We branch about 40 days ago. SVN 1.2 issued
RC1 3 days after we branched. Tossing out that release the other
three post-1.0 releases were 48, 41 and 57 days. So I think this is
the time to be talking about and to start the process rolling. If we
made the tarballs this week, say Thursday, by the time it was actually
released it would be around 50 days since the branch.

Mark Phippard
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