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From Mike Drob <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] The State of Old Versions
Date Fri, 31 May 2013 22:33:50 GMT
Nobody's touched this for a week, but I think the conversation is important
enough that it shouldn't die. I'll tackle these in version order.

1.3 - I agree with releasing a source only tag of 1.3.7 and calling it
end-of-life. The changes are there, throwing them away seems silly (and
rude?). That said, I'm not volunteering to be the one to put it together,
so I feel a bit guilty suggesting that somebody else do it.

1.4 - There are a dozen bugs already marked as fixed. There are 5 more
issues marked as fix for 1.4.4 that are yet unresolved. There are 15 issues
marked as affecting 1.4.3 that are still open, some of which I would really
like to see make their way into a 1.4.4. Some of those issues look fairly
major and could use a few more eyes on them. Some time in June seems

1.5 - So far these tickets look like mostly documentation fixes, but a few
of them look pretty important. ACCUMULO-1449 and ACCUMULO-1456 were the
first to catch my eye. That said, as 1.5 gets run on more systems I'm sure
more bugs will crop up. Personally, I wouldn't plan on releasing anything
until the community starts asking for it.

1.6 - Feature freeze in 4 months would be... September? That gives plenty
of time to run test and integration and still get something out by the end
of the year. I think this is the release that people were talking about
rolling to Java 7 and Hadoop 2, both of which will require more than the
usual amount of testing, in my opinion. Six months after 1.5 would be
mid-November, which I'm not confident in, but it's a nice target to shoot
for. The major worry would be that if the timeline slips past that, then
there won't be a release until sometime in 2014, given the tendency for
activity to slow down around the holidays.

Thank you for starting the discussion, Christopher. I hope that other
people chime in as well.


On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Christopher <> wrote:

> I did a quick check through the JIRA to see if there were any
> outstanding issues on old versions. It seems we've done a pretty good
> job of keeping things up-to-date.
> I especially wanted to see if there would be any reason to maintain
> unreleased working branches for these older versions if we were to
> switch to git.
> Here's the summary pages of the latest unreleased versions of each line:
> 1.3.7:
> 1.4.4:
> 1.5.1:
> 1.6.0:
> I took the liberty of putting tentative release dates in JIRA for the
> unreleased versions, except 1.3.7.
> I think we should shut down 1.3.7 as end-of-life, either by releasing
> a quick source-only tag with the additional two fixes since 1.3.6 or
> throw them away and leave 1.3.6 as the final 1.3 tag. Either way, I
> think we should remove its working branch in svn, and drop continuous
> development support for it. Notice, there are only two minor fixes in
> 1.3.7 from 1.3.6.
> I think we should release 1.4.4 sometime within the next month, so we
> can focus on supporting 1.5 as the main stable line, and new features
> in 1.6.
> I anticipated a 1.5.1 release in about 2 months.
> I think we should anticipate a 1.6 release 6 months from the last
> release, if not sooner. This would mean a feature freeze in about 4
> months.
> --
> Christopher L Tubbs II

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