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?
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).
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)? 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.