On Wed, 2008-12-17 at 07:57 +0100, Andreas Jaeger wrote:
"Rajko M." email@example.com writes:
[...] It is getting hard to follow 6 months release cycle. I barely had time to see 11.0 and it is already candidate for deletion.
I hear on the other hand also suggestions for openSUSE to go on a planned 6-month release cycle like Ubuntu and Fedora does - and release say every November and May.
I think after watching and talking to people in this past 6 month cycle leading up to 11.1, people working on this project were pretty frazzled with the time limits. I'm sure they're all breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of a longer cycle for 11.2. Kudos to everyone for all your hard work!
Is that something we should do for the future (after 11.2) - or what is the best way to do releases in general?
I don't know that I agree with Rajko's tone regarding 11.0 already a candidate for deletion. Honestly, I'm bored with 11 and raring to go on 11.1. But that's just my personal habit. :-)
We do have a 2 year support cycle, so people don't *have* to jump to the next version out. The downside of course is with a 6-month cycle, we have 4 versions to support in a 2 year support cycle. Actually 5 if you consider the support going into the development of the next version. Right now, we have 3 (10.3, 11.0, 11.1) + development of 11.2. By the time 11.2 is released, 10.3 will be just about EOL'ed.
What I'm observing more of in this thread, and hearing from people talking directly to me, is that it isn't so much the time frame for development in as much as the full utilization of each phase. Less testing on alpha, more testing on RC as an example of a rather lop-sided effect we've had. I think the focus of discussion should be more about how we can improve the experience, thus making people likelier to participate earlier on. And I think the extended 11.2 cycle is going to give us that opportunity to take more time to examine that question and come up with effective solutions that make future cycle timeline decisions easier.