The release after Bugzilla 4.2 will be 4.4, not 5.0

Frédéric Buclin lpsolit at
Mon Jan 9 23:05:47 UTC 2012

Hello all,

Based on the very slow progress made about the "make Bugzilla pretty"
project, the next major release after Bugzilla 4.2 will be 4.4, not 5.0.
So the release process for the very near future will be like this:

Dec 28, 2011: we released Bugzilla 4.2rc1 (as well as 4.0.3, etc...).

January 2012: we are currently working on a relatively small list of
blockers for 4.2 final, and which are pretty easy to fix. Once they are
fixed, we will release Bugzilla 4.2 final (or maybe 4.2rc2 just before
it, if we think that's helpful). We are not in a hurry for the release,
as we want to give enough time to people to test 4.2rc1 now that the
vacations are over. So this means that the release of 4.2 final should
happen early February, I think. This will also mean that Bugzilla 3.4
will be officially unsupported (no more security releases for this branch).

April 2012: two months after the release of 4.2 final, we reach the
freeze date for new enhancements for the next major release, Bugzilla
4.4! All bugs which were marked as FIXED with their target milestone set
to "Bugzilla 5.0" have their target milestone renamed to "Bugzilla 4.4".
This means they will all be in Bugzilla 4.4; no worries about that. :)
Once we freeze, we will release our first development snapshot for the
4.4 branch, i.e. Bugzilla 4.3.1.

April - end of summer(?) We stabilize the branch so that we can release
Bugzilla 4.4rc1 as soon as possible. Meanwhile, development goes on on
the trunk and new enhancements can still be committed there.

After 4.4 is out, the version of the next major release will depend on
progress made for some key features. It will be named either 4.6 or 5.0.
The exact version doesn't really matter for now as it has no impact on
what can be committed into the source code.

I hope everything is clear! :)


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