Release timing

Gervase Markham gerv at
Mon Jan 24 22:46:37 UTC 2005

Christopher Hicks wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Jan 2005, Gervase Markham wrote:
>> People seem to be persistently misunderstanding me ;-)
> Disagreement does not necessarily imply misunderstanding.

Indeed not. But people do seem to be replying to my messages countering 
"arguments" I never actually made...

>> We should aim to make releases every X months (where people seem to 
>> think X is 6). But if a release takes 8 months because people are 
>> busy, or it takes a long time to stabilise, or for whatever reason, 
>> the next release should be six months beyond that one, not four.
> If it takes a long time to stabilize in one round developers will try 
> harder the next time to stabilize things faster.

Hmm. That approach worked really well for 2.18, didn't it?

- "It's taking us ages to stabilise!"
- "Well, try harder then!"

Still, it seems I can't talk you guys out of this, so I'll just complete 
my Cassandra act by warning that it'll all end in tears, and leave it at 


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