Release Strategy Proposal

Albert Astals Cid aacid at
Fri Apr 26 21:28:34 UTC 2013

El Divendres, 26 d'abril de 2013, a les 15:27:40, Sebastian Kügler va 
> Hi,
> <tldr>
> Let's make 4.11 the last feature release for platform and workspace in the 4
> series, make 4.11 a long term maintainance release.
> </tldr>
> I would like to propose the following for our release planning in the next
> year:
> - Make 4.11 Platform and Workspaces a long-term maintainance release with
>   bugfix updates for two years
> - After 4.11.0, shift feature development to Frameworks 5 and Plasma
>   Workspaces 2, in order to not delay this forever
> - Applications are not part of this proposal, we'd need feedback from App
>   module maintainers. It doesn't need to be decided along with this proposal
> though. For now, App developers should be encouraged to make releases on
> top of 4.x, and jump onto KF5 "when it's ready"
> Reasons:
> * This strategy will cement our leading role as desktop environment
> * It eases transition to KF5/PW2 by giving ample room to keep the old
> version * It communicates that we do not abandon SC4, but actively support
> it * It makes downstreams happy, particularly those with long term releases
> as they will have a version with multiple years of bug fixes to focus on *
> kdelibs 4.x is already feature frozen, we plan to do the same for Plasma
> after 4.11 and concentrate on PW2 then
> How this will look like exactly:
> 4.11 gets out as normal, but with the clear message: This is going to
> maintained for a longer period of 2 years: If you're doing an Enterprise
> distro, this one is the one you want
> Of course, this being a proposal, its main purpose is to sollicit feedback,
> but I'd also move towards a solution, as far as this describes common ground
> among all stakeholders.
> What do you think?

I'm all for it if modules want to do this, what we're going to need the list 
of exact modules that stop development of new features and make sure all the 
parties that live under that module agree, i.e. kde-workspace has solid and 
powerdevil stuff in there. Have you talk to this guys and do they agree to the 
"feature freeze"?


P.S: I'm in a business trip next week so I'll be very unreliable answering 

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