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From Christian Schneider <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Closing down for the 2.8.0 release
Date Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:55:16 GMT
Hi Willem,

I can explain a bit from my experience as a user of Camel and CXF at my 
former employer regarding patch releases.

We updated our stack every 6 to 8 months. With CXF this mostly simply 
worked. When some bug was detected we could create an issue and help fix 
it. It went into the next patch release and we could
update to this one instead of the feature release.

With Camel it was different. Every new release had a lot of new features 
and changes. So we almost every time found a bug in the release that 
prevented us to switch or that was a problem in production that needed 
to be addressed. What went very well in Camel was reporting and fixing 
bugs. I think Camel is probably the project I used where fixes to bugs 
were made fastest. The problem was that the fix was only on trunk. Then 
later it was incorporated into the new version. So my first strategy was 
to update to the most current camel release when a bug was found and 
fixed. The problem was that we almost every time found another problem 
in the new release.
So what I did in the end was building our own release with the patches 
to the bugs we had. This worked very well but not every customer wants 
to do this.

Patch releases like 2.7.3 give the customer the fixes they need without 
the breaking changes that cause new bugs. So from a customer standpoint 
patch releases are very valueable. Of course they make life for us more 
complicated so I think we should mostly only support one patch release 
and one feature release at the same time. Of course a company like Fuse 
or Talend can also do patch releases on their own but I think it is 
better to have these releases at apache so it is transparent to the 
customer what is in each release and he has no fear of vendor lock in.


Am 06.07.2011 04:09, schrieb Willem Jiang:
> Hi Hadrian,
> I think we are ready for the Camel 2.8.0 release.
> But I'm not sure why you are still planing to do the patch release for 
> the 2.7.x as we never do this kind small patch release unless it 
> relates to a serious security issue before.
> Can we just let the people move on to Camel 2.8.0 instead of confusing 
> about what's difference between the Camel 2.8.0 and Camel 2.7.3 ?
> On 7/5/11 12:11 PM, Hadrian Zbarcea wrote:
>> Karaf 2.2.2 is now available and Willem did the upgrade. I think we can
>> get ready to start the release. Are there any other issues that must go
>> into 2.8.0?
>> I would also build a 2.7.3 at the same time, there are a few fixes and
>> improvements, including some around xmlsecurity.
>> Thoughts?
>> Hadrian
>> On 06/30/2011 11:07 PM, Willem Jiang wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I just applied the patch into trunk.
>>> On 7/1/11 12:36 AM, Donald Whytock wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM, Donald Whytock<>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Just a reminder...CAMEL-3948 is marked as fixed, but the current 
>>>>> trunk
>>>>> still needs my final patch.
>>>>> Don
>>>>> On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:46 AM, Jean-Baptiste
>>>>> Onofré<> wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Claus,
>>>>>> Regarding Karaf 2.2.2, I've released OPS4J dependencies yesterday.
>>>>>> Jamie
>>>>>> will cut off the release this afternoon.
>>>>>> Regards
>>>>>> JB
>>>>>> On 06/30/2011 08:31 AM, Claus Ibsen wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi
>>>>>>> Okay the JIRA roadmap for Camel 2.8 seems good now. There is
2 open
>>>>>>> tickets.
>>>>>>> -
>>>>>>> -
>>>>>>> CAMEL-3774 is about generating the manual and is assigned to

>>>>>>> Hadrian.
>>>>>>> CAMEL-4144 is about upgrading to Karaf 2.2.2. That release is
>>>>>>> progress.
>>>>>>> So by good chance we should be able to pickup that version when
>>>>>>> released.
>>>>>>> Alternatively we can stick to Karaf 2.2.1 which works fine.
>>>>>>> (CAMEL-4144 is about some maven validate goal that would require
>>>>>>> Karaf
>>>>>>> 2.2.2 to pickup a fix in Karaf, but running Camel in Karaf is
>>>>>>> absolutely fine)
>>>>>>> The CI servers also seems good. Although they tend to run out
>>>>>>> memory at the end, such as when testing the examples. But those
>>>>>>> the last piece of the build, and thus all components tests fine.
>>>>>>> I suggest that when Karaf 2.2.2 is out we git it a few spins
>>>>>>> the CI
>>>>>>> servers and then start cutting the Camel 2.8 release. Would be
>>>>>>> good to
>>>>>>> get it out before the summer vacation starts. As well its more

>>>>>>> than 3
>>>>>>> months since Camel 2.7 was released.
>>>>>>> On Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Claus Ibsen<>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hi
>>>>>>>> Okay we should really start focusing on getting the last
>>>>>>>> which
>>>>>>>> has been assigned for 2.8 release done now.
>>>>>>>> There is about 350 tickets on the roadmap, so its going to
be the
>>>>>>>> biggest release, since 2.0 went GA.
>>>>>>>> So please take a look at your assigned tickets and get them

>>>>>>>> done, or
>>>>>>>> move them for 2.9.
>>>>>>>> Then keep eyes on CI servers and help fix any test failures,
so we
>>>>>>>> have green builds.
>>>>>>>> The summer vacation period is approaching so we should IMHO
>>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>>> 2.8 release out early next month if possible.
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM, Hadrian 
>>>>>>>> Zbarcea<>
>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>>>> I would propose starting to close down and prepare for
the 2.8.0
>>>>>>>>> release
>>>>>>>>> in
>>>>>>>>> 2-3 weeks. There are already 282 issues for 2.8.0 and
chances are
>>>>>>>>> will
>>>>>>>>> be
>>>>>>>>> over 300 by the release time, probably setting a new
>>>>>>>>> As of now there are 17 issues unresolved, a few of them
>>>>>>>>> done, so
>>>>>>>>> by
>>>>>>>>> next week I assume there'll be significantly less. I
>>>>>>>>> suggest
>>>>>>>>> shifting
>>>>>>>>> the focus from adding new features to stabilizing the
build. If
>>>>>>>>> there
>>>>>>>>> are
>>>>>>>>> any issues you know of that you think absolutely must
be in 2.8.0
>>>>>>>>> please
>>>>>>>>> shout and ask for help if needed (especially non committers
>>>>>>>>> subscribing
>>>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>>>> this list).
>>>>>>>>> Thoughts?
>>>>>>>>> Hadrian
>>>>>>>> -- 
>>>>>>>> Claus Ibsen
>>>>>>>> -----------------
>>>>>>>> FuseSource
>>>>>>>> Email:
>>>>>>>> Web:
>>>>>>>> Twitter: davsclaus, fusenews
>>>>>>>> Blog:
>>>>>>>> Author of Camel in Action:

Christian Schneider

Open Source Architect

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