justdave at bugzilla.org
Tue Dec 16 06:21:55 UTC 2003
On 12/16/2003 8:05 AM +0200, Jouni Heikniemi wrote:
> I was thinking, if the Bugzilla developer base grows significantly, I
> don't see it as impossible that we may some day have a "stable dev group",
> who integrate the best patches from trunk into stable versions. This would
> allow us to make it easy for those using the stable branch to get the
> best minor enhancements and most important bug fixes without getting the
> instability of heavy structural rewrites that occur in the trunk.
> I'm by no means advocating founding such a stable team, but it might not
> be a good idea to weld ourselves into a model where stable branches only
> get security fixes. There are plenty of users who will never get a dev
> release, but who probably would enjoy many of 2.17-series' new features.
> The partial name user matching is a prime example.
We've already started doing this to a limited extent. There were several
non-security related bugfixes in 2.16.4, and there's already been several
checked into or targeted for the 2.16 branch since 2.16.4. Enough that
there will probably be a 2.16.5 by the new year or shortly thereafter,
whether we have any security fixes to put in it or not. We have 7 bugs
currently targeted at 2.16.5, 3 of which are marked fixed already.
My basic criteria at this point is that it be either high-impact or
obvious, and be low-risk. I'm not too keen on adding features to the 2.16
branch (part of being "stable" is not having new things pop up that'll
confuse your users), but low-risk bug fixes are fair game.
Dave Miller Project Leader, Bugzilla Bug Tracking System
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