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Re: [opensuse-factory] Timeline and roadmap V2

I will try to summarize the main points:

1.- openSUSE Team want an integration process driven by the community, not by
us like it is now.
2.- oS Team wants to open the process and make, at the same time, design it in
a way that the main tasks can be done under volunteer basis.
3.- openSUSE Team want Factory to be "usable". This will allow us, among other
effects, to create a better Release for our users.
4.- To accomplish the above goals, we need to introduce some intrusive
changes. Some of them require research, not just development.
4.- openSUSE Team cannot deliver a Release (as 13.1) while introducing those
changes. we will keep Factory working though.
5.- openSUSE Team agrees that November is a good timing for releasing a
"result", as some of you suggested.
6.- Since openSUSE Team cannot predict today how that "result/release" will
look like, we defined a deadline for that definition. I share the concerns
uncertainty being negative.
7.- If some of you take over some (or all) of the tasks related with the
Release, that deadline can be moved (earlier) or even erased. It would be up
to those working on the Release.
8.- After this research/development phase the oS Team will go back to work on
the Release as usual, hopefully focusing our efforts in "users" after improving

I see this period we are heading as an opportunity to deprecate some of the
technical problems we have been struggling with for some time. The more people
we have focusing in the new plan, the better. This is why we take engagement
in the development as one of the main topics.

If some of you prefer to work on the current Release, taking over part (or
all) of the work we usually do, or adapting the current process to your needs,
I think we (project) also win. it would be very good news.

The topics we are talking about are relevant so I think heated debates are
expected and even good. I just hope that we can focus the debate on the future
actions, instead of increasing the impact of the mistakes I have made in the
communication area or getting too personal.

I case you doubt it, let me be clear about this...

I am committed to the project and my colleagues too. openSUSE Team have not
changed his focus. The openSUSE Release (incl. Factory) is and will be our
main focus, like in the past.

On Thursday 30 January 2014 13:12:17 Michal Hrusecky wrote:
Hi all,

As you know we had a week-long meeting in Nuremberg. Quite a few of the
things we've been working on (openQA, OBS workflow etc) were shared by now.
Besides discussing features, we scheduled our work.

In the previous thread on $SUBJECT, Simon noted that going for a release in
November seemed a far smarter compromise between the benefits of releasing
and getting some improvements in our tool chain than skipping a release.
Most of the team agreed on this right away and we'd like to go for that.

However. This does not mean the initial idea of doing a more 'relaxed'
release is off the table. Planning software development is hard, planning
experimentation (like the staging projects we are toying with) is impossible
so we can not predict when we will be done. This means that we still intend
to take those of you who stepped forward to help out with the release up on
their offer. The exact nature of what we release is still to be determined
and we'd like to make a more final decision on how much effort we can and
will put in in August. So far it is sure that we would need some volunteer
to keep eye on Factory and release milestones at least till then.

So, for now, this will be a 'community release'. This might mean less QA but
also no security updates provided by SUSE! Especially if it comes to the
latter case we should communicate this carefully to our users as it will be
more like a slightly more stabilized milestone than a successor to openSUSE
13.1. How to call it, how to communicate and what exactly it will look like
- August.

When exactly we will be fully back to working on Factory, releasing
milestones, and working on the release we will hopefully be able to
determine in August as well.

The openSUSE Team

Agustin Benito Bethencourt
openSUSE Team Lead at SUSE
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