KDE release cycles?

Kevin Krammer krammer at kde.org
Mon Apr 2 08:41:29 BST 2012

On Monday, 2012-04-02, dE . wrote:
> Is there any definitive release cycle? Like Debian has
> stable/unstable/testing etc... branches and has general rules and
> regulation on what has to be done at what time, regardless of the
> current release?

The general release cycle is 6 months long, i.e. that is the time between 
changes in minor versions.

At the begin of each cycle there is a free development phase, followed by a 
freeze phase which gets increasingly more strict.

For example look at the release schedule for the current verison

Each step has a description saying what can and can not be done from this 
point on.

Each version's release schedule is drafted by the release team and usually 
accepted without objections [1].

Some things are additionally covered by more explicit policies, e.g. this one 
for update/patch releases: 


[1] in rare cases some dates get moved +/- one week if stakeholders feel that 
a period would otherwise be too short, e.g. due to holidays falling into the 
Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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