Release schedule plans

Kevin Benton kevin.benton at
Mon Jan 10 23:15:34 UTC 2005

Raising hand to vote for Shane's modified version of Gerv's suggestion!
Great ideas!

Kevin Benton
Perl/Bugzilla Developer
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: developers-owner at [mailto:developers-owner at]
> On Behalf Of Shane H. W. Travis
> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 3:56 PM
> To: developers at
> Subject: Re: Release schedule plans
> On Mon, 10 Jan 2005, Gervase Markham wrote:
> > c) Abandon 2.18 and just release 2.20
> This is a very interesting idea. Dave, you keep speaking about how stable
> 2.20 is, and how it would have had an RC a while back if 2.18 weren't in
> the
> way. Since that's the case, what about amalgamating the existing code for
> 2.18 and 2.20 into one release, and *calling* it 2.18? That would allow us
> to make use of the existing stability in (IMHO) a more effective way.
> Basically... branch again with the EXISTING tip, and call that 2.18.
> This way, the tip could be re-opened again for development, and the
> waiting
> patches checked in. We then freeze again in March, just like originally
> planned, but we freeze for 2.20 instead of 2.22.
> Yes, I know that slips the posted schedule by six months out to
> infinity...
> but in case nobody had noticed we're already at least six months behind.
> Why
> not just *acknowledge* that fact and work with that reality so as to cause
> ourselves as little pain as possible, rather than rushing three releases
> out
> the door in four months? I mean, the thought of supporting six branches...
> <shudder>
> It just seems to me that if we've got two almost-completely-stable
> branches,
> it's a damn shame to waste the publicity generated by releasing Our First
> New Release In Three Years by putting out another one a couple of weeks
> later, and then a third one a month or two after that.
> Shane H.W. Travis       | The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing
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