[kde-community] Proposal Tre: More formal release and announcement processes

Carl carlsymons at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 14:53:52 UTC 2014

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:37:33 AM Mario Fux wrote:
> Proposal: To make the release and announcement process smoother and less
> redundant work and to reach more people we should formalize and script some
> (more) of the processes involved.
> Details:
> In the last weeks and months we had a plethora of releases and
> announcements. Just take a look at the dot or the kde-announce mailing list
> [1]. And this number of releases, announcements and promo work will even
> more increase with a growing KDE community with new projects coming to us
> and being created within KDE. So we need to do something about it.
> One idea are the Sigma release days/weeks proposed in another emails where
> we try to focus timewise. But we could and should as well formalize the
> processes that lead the way to a release and finally the announcement of
> this release. A first step could be the write it down in a simple way (not
> a whole book but a simple check list) and at a central and well-known place
> how projects, suites and single apps could get a release and some
> announcement of this.
> An example for this could be (not yet complete and thus WIP):
> - Use the release scripts from <repo> to create the tarball and l10n stuff
> - Upload it to <place> and file a sysadmin ticket to publish it on <siteA>
> - Fill in the form on <siteB> with a list of links to blog posts about this
> release, a link to fixed bugs, 5 to 10 lines of text about what's new and
> important and a list of screenshots or pictures
> - Check the box that everything is green on build.kde.org for your software
> - Propose a release date or week
> - Name a single contact person for the promo team
> Next steps:
> - Check and/or write these release scripts.
> - Check and/or write these l10n scripts.
> - Agree on a formal process for release and announcement
> - Work on the form mentioned above.
> - Write down what happens on a release day from the promo perspective
> Now please tell me your opinion in a short, constructive and polite way.
> Details can be discussed in Randa and/or at Akademy. So let's concentrate on
> the bigger ideas.

Si, SeƱor Zorro

Overall...good plan. Details and refinement at Randa or Akademy.

Thank you for your attention to this.


> Thanks and best regards
> Mario
> [1] https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-announce
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