2.4 release schedule

Cyrille Berger Skott cberger at cberger.net
Mon Jul 11 18:08:58 CEST 2011


Hi,

There was a discussion on IRC about it a little while ago about the release 
schedule, one of the conclusion was that soft-freeze was not needed anymore.

But some people thought that the freezing time would be too long, so here is 
an alternative schedule.

August 31th       -> soft freeze, no more features in master, features in
                               master are restricted to features discussed
                               before hand and that can justify an 
September 7th   -> beta1 is tagged
September 14th -> beta1 is released
September 30th -> beta2 is tagged
October 5th        -> beta2 is released
October 12th      -> String freeze, any changes to a string in futurestable
                               needs to be discussed with the translation
                               teams (except for typo that are bug fix and you 
                               only need to ping the translation teams)
                              It also means no new features can be added
October 21th      -> beta3 is tagged
October 26th      -> beta3 is released, master is branched into 
                               "futurestable", and master get open again for        
                               new features, and "futurestable" is the branch 
                               were bug fixes for 2.4 need to go 
November 18th   -> RC1 is tagged, "futurestable" is closed, and merged in
	                       "stable"
November 23th   -> RC1 is released


It is worthwhile to remember that while new features are allowed in the beta 
cycle, it should be the exception, not the norm.

So what do you think ? Is it better with the feature exception, or do most 
people prefers no feature exception ?

-- 
Cyrille Berger Skott


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