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Re: [opensuse-project] Organization of SW releases
  • From: Administrator <admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 23:54:49 +0000
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On Tuesday 03 Feb 2009, Birger Kollstrand wrote:
Would it be possible to have multiple levels of SW with different
kinds of release regimes?

The basic level would then be the operating system, and that would
define the naming of the release. So the release of the openSUSE 11.2
is connected to a specific kernel.

Then the desktop environments can be released and updated towards this
release whenever they are ready and needed. Like now, KDE 4.2 should
be made available to all users using openSUSE11.1 as soon as it's
cleared factory testing and openSUSE patching.

This makes sense, but from my perspective there is one change in viewpoint.
I'dsuggest the release roadmaps are based around what can be done with the
release rather than what software is in it. So it could be the target for a
release to support (amongst other things) synchronisation with a range of
PDAs or some such.

A desktop is just a platform on which these useful things are built, so is
necessary to support this, not an end in itself.

It's only software developers who care about what packages or versions are
included. Everybody else whats to do something with the software.

That said, each release should preserve what was working before. Often new
releases break stuff the developer wasn't interested in (and the people who
are happy with the old functionality don't test the new as they don't need
it).

David
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