the "gamma" proposal - details that need working out

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Tue Jul 10 16:41:52 CEST 2007

On Tuesday 10 July 2007, Tom Albers wrote:
> > this causes a problem. and marketing can not, should not and will not
> > drive our technology program and schedules. therefore, the idea is to
> > have a "gamma" which is "4.0 as we see it, but it's not officially
> > announced to the world yet".
> I don't agree here. If you call it 'gamma' it will be asociated with the
> release cycle. 23 october is tagday for KDE4.0 and that's where this cycle
> ends (if not delayed). 

that is exactly the point. the trick we want to pull off is to make it so that 
media doesn't go about proclaiming it wildly at "4.0" and take the thunder 
out of the "real" release event.

> Of course you can call it 'KDE4.0 for Early Birds', 
> 'KDE4.0 Limited Edition' or something. That's none of my business of
> course. As long as it is released ;-)

the gamma is a release: it is 4.0-pre-announcement.

> So, the marketing team wants to make a schedule for the three months after
> the 4.0 release and plan 4.0.1 or 4.0.2 around mountainview. I think it's
> to early to make a final plan, so I guess they should go ahead and we fill
> in the months after the Limited Edition is out.

so we're on the same page, you just don't like the term "gamma".

Aaron J. Seigo
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