PROPOSED, change of stance, release metronome

Kurt Roeckx kurt at
Sun Mar 13 21:04:16 UTC 2016

On Sun, Mar 13, 2016 at 08:31:04PM +0000, Mark Atwood wrote:
> Hi!
> One of the policy mistakes that was killing MySQL 5.0, back in the day, is
> that they would not make a point release until a target feature for that
> point release was done.  This was killing them/us, because of the standard
> difficulties with estimation was causing every  announcement to just be the
> announcement of a delay, while users were waiting for bug fixes and for
> proof of momentum.
> Solaris and OpenSolaris had a different philosophy: they released
> regularly, metronomically, by a schedule.  Features that were not ready
> "missed the train", but could catch the next one.  Users got their regular
> bug fixes, and each announcement was positive.
> I propose that we move to a scheduled release model, with the addition of
> security fast releases.
> I'm thinking every two weeks, on Tuesday morning.
> Discussion? Comments? Objections?

As someone from a distribution, I'm wondering if you'll have
stable release that you'll support with at least security fixes
and possibly bug fixes, and how long you think you'll support
those releases.


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