Release timing

David Miller justdave at
Wed Jan 19 03:04:04 UTC 2005

Gervase Markham wrote:

> "Remind me why delivering sooner than six months after the release we 
> just did is a good thing?"
> I'm suggesting that we revisit that logic. One can make an argument for 
> "releases every X months", for most sane values of X, but I can't see an 
> argument for "freezes every X months". How is the date of a freeze 
> important? Surely it's the release date you are trying to hit that's the 
> important thing.

But Nick's idea didn't say that.

We advertise to everyone "we're releasing every 6 months".

We make those dates be May 15 and November 15 every year.

In order to meet those release dates, we freeze 2 months in advance, i.e 
March 15 and September 15.

If things happen to get cleaned up faster than 2 months, then we release 

So the releases could, in theory, range anywhere from 4 to 8 months 
apart from each other, but will very likely stay pretty close to 6 
months anyway.

Dave Miller                         
System Administrator, Mozilla Foundation
Project Leader, Bugzilla Bug Tracking System

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