Releases going forward, or, how do we release without full time paid
With all the discussion toward the end of last year I suppose that
today's e-mail "Timeline and roadmap V2"  finally shed light on the
inevitable conclusion, the openSUSE team (@SUSE) will spend more time on
other stuff and less time, if any, on turning the release crank.
This is the team's prerogative just like everyone is free to work on the
project, or not, in areas of interest to them. We can argue whether the
way this is coming about is giving the project the best chance to
succeed or whether the transition is being put worth in a nice and
friendly way, but I think we should not go down that path.
Thanks! to the openSUSE Team for the hard work they have put forth in
the past to turning the release crank, it is much appreciated.
I think the time has come to move forward and deal with the new situation.
As of right now we still have a release cycle of 8 month. That would put
us into May for openSUSE 13.2.
This brings about two questions:
- Given the current situation can we meet a May release date?
- Do we skip the May release and move to a yearly cycle and release 13.2
in November of 2014?
During last year's discussions there were a number of people favoring a
yearly release cycle. We have to make a decision,
- stick to 8 month or move to 12 month?
Voice your opinion but stick to the point and please be concise. For
simplicity lets just assume that there will be no full time paid help to
turn the release crank and that the work is all on those that are not
part of the openSUSE Team.
Under any circumstances I'd say our first go around will be a bit rough
around the edges and that's OK, we have to learn.
What do I have to offer? After all stuff will not get done by me sending
an e-mail into the world.
I offer to take on part of the role of "Release Manager". I will not be
able to do all of it and I have a new definition for the role (see
below.) Stephan did way more and was always the tireless worker that
brought everything together. No one that does not work on openSUSE full
time can obviously fulfill that role, thus we have to split things up. I
figure there are about 60 to 70 hours worth of work per week that we
have to distribute.
I'll define "Release Manager" as:
The person or group that runs after people, keeps an eye on the schedule
and tries to herd the cats to get the stuff fixed that is broken.
I am willing to take part of that role, and with this mail hopefully be
a rallying point to put openSUSE releases on a bit more of a solid
footing than where we are today, after .
If we go this route it implies that everyone that has stuff in Factory,
what will become the next release, nothing there changes, has more
responsibility in helping out than they do today. We no longer have
people that can fix everything and get to spend all their time on the
distribution and integration of stuff. Every maintainer has more
So where do we go from here? Do we bootstrap an effort to get a release
out the door without openSUSE @SUSE or do we drift along in the
uncertainty of "maybe we know something in August"?
I am happy to be a rallying point and fulfill part of the role of
"Release Manager" as outlined above.
Maintainers/Packagers be heard, speak up, but lets not drift into rat
holes, the situation is actually quite simple.
Robert Schweikert MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU
SUSE-IBM Software Integration Center LINUX
Public Cloud Architect
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