Le vendredi 19 décembre 2008, à 22:03 -0600, Kevin Dupuy a écrit :
On Fri, 2008-12-19 at 13:21 +0100, Vincent Untz wrote:
Sooo. First, a question: would a release at the end of July or in August be possible? I think doing this would clearly mitigate the "we don't have the latest GNOME" issue. I'd also like to hear what Zonker thinks of promoting a new release during days that are usually really quiet from a news perspective (mainly because people are away).
That would be my preferred option, to be honest.
I agree that releasing during quiet periods is definitely a nice thing if we can do it, but do we really want to do another quick 6-month cycle?
July-August would be 7-8 months, not 6 months. I would say it's okay, but there are indeed quite a number of people willing something around 9-10 months.
Then, we have the option with a release at the end of October or in November/December. This means releasing at the same time as Ubuntu/Mandriva/Fedora unless we aim at December. Not sure it's good (because it will likely mean less media coverage). And the cycle is a bit long. (not even talking about the SUSE conference that should occur in September)
As long as we release either before or after mid-October we should miss the Ubuntu news frenzy. Fedora is more of a wild card, but late November is probably a good bet for them. So pretty much anytime up until mid-October, then from late October until the U.S. Thanksgiving week (per what Zonker's said).
Anytime up until mid-October is not an option if we need four weeks after GNOME 2.28.0. So it'd leave us with late October to US Thanksgiving.
Or we keep the proposed schedule. And use Magnus' idea of creating an add-on, but in a different way: release openSUSE 11.2 with GNOME 2.26 and create an (semi-?)official add-on for 2.28 that we release in early October. Looking at this add-on could be interesting to see if it's possible to ship an updated and working GNOME after less than 4 weeks after the GNOME release. I don't know how the GNOME team (and more generally, the users) would like the idea, but I find the challenge of having the distro accept a big official update as an add-on quite interesting.
By "add-on", what do you mean? An extra CD to download, or an online update (like a Service Pack, basically)?
This is undefined as of now :-) It's up to us to define this if we want to go this way. Intuitively, if we go this route, I'd like to see:
+ some re-spinned DVD/Live CD for GNOME (version 11.2.1, eg) + some online repository that people can add + some CD containing packages from this repository and that people could put in their cd-rom drive, which would automatically propose the update
(one issue I forgot to mention in my previous mail about this solution is: what would we maintain? One or two versions of GNOME?)
I'm not so hot on the idea, especially considering it'd be only a month or so after 11.2's official release anyway.
Can you develop this point? I only see this as a problem to handle from a marketing point of view (and that can turn into a nice opportunity).
(note that I still prefer the july/august option ;-))