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Re: 1.7 Release Plan

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:20:16 -0500

[Stefan Sperling]
> Because of the substantial changes done for 1.7, we will need
> pre-release testing more than ever. So doing source-only 1.7 preview
> releases would pose a major problem. We will have to actively push
> for pre-release testing by providing binaries.

I've always shied away from providing binaries, because of our policy
that boiled down to "people who won't or can't build it themselves
really shouldn't be using our unreleased code". I do not really agree
with that statement, and I'm glad that the consensus now seems to be
moving away from it.

> The Subversion project has much closer ties to various Linux
> distributions now than it had around the time of the 1.6 pre-release
> phase. This is partly due to efforts by elego -- we actively help out
> with the official Debian, Ubuntu, and OpenSUSE packages.

...Maybe true for Ubuntu and OpenSUSE, but I've been with Debian and
Subversion for a lot longer than that.

> To encourage wide testing, the plan is to make these available in
> conveniently installable form:
> - launchpad PPA archives for Ubuntu
> - special add-on repositories for Debian (possibly hosted at elego,
> unless we can find a better location somewhere Debian-related)

The better location would be the 'experimental' section of
ftp.debian.org. I've thought about uploading alphas, betas and RCs to
there before, but as explained above, the Subversion Project as a whole
seemed to discourage that. Now that we no longer discourage it, I
probably will.

Debian 'experimental' is intended to be used alongside 'unstable' and
'testing'. It wouldn't help people running Debian 'stable', but really,
are users of Debian stable a target audience for our prereleases?

Received on 2010-07-29 23:20:13 CEST

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