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From Wido den Hollander <>
Subject Re: Next ACS release?
Date Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:18:40 GMT
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On 04/22/2015 10:08 AM, Daan Hoogland wrote:
> I strongly advice my fellow community members to go for a lower 
> duration, not longer. Each feature deserves a release and I'd say 
> let's release every 2 months, provides a new feature was added.
> Also we now release fix releases when we feel the urgency. This
> means users, that are not also developers have little influence.
> Let's release every two weeks, provided fixes where applicable.
> €0,02++ wanting to get out of this vicious circle is my drive

Oh, I would really love that to happen. No doubt about it :-)

> On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 9:49 AM, Stephen Turner 
> <> wrote:
>> I have to admit I'm a bit sceptical because when we did have a
>> four-month release cycle, we never seemed to manage to meet it.
>> Personally I think six-monthly might be easier.
>> Having said that, part of the problem was the long close-down
>> period where we kept finding critical bugs, so more automated
>> testing might help to shorten the cycle.
>> -- Stephen Turner
>> -----Original Message----- From: Andrei Mikhailovsky
>> [] Sent: 21 April 2015 11:39 PM To:
>> Subject: Re: Next ACS release?
>> Ilya, Mark, thanks for your feedback,
>> I also see the need to restructure the release schedule for ACS
>> as the current release cycles are not really working. There is no
>> _reliable_ release cycle of the product and as we have recently
>> seen with the 4.5 branch, the release did not happen for months
>> and it is still not clear when this will take place. In my (I
>> must admit somewhat limited) experience if there are no
>> deadlines, developers are not keen on releases and the release
>> are likely to be delayed. This is what we've seen with the past
>> ACS releases, they are overdue by many months.
>> The community might get a much better responce if there is a much
>> shorter release cycle even if it means pushing out less features
>> with each release. At least some features will get completed,
>> tested and implemented in a set time frame. I would rather see a
>> release cycle of every 3-4 months with 5 new features than a
>> release with 15 new features which may or may not get released
>> every 9 - 12 months.
>> By any means, please comment if someone disagrees or thinks there
>> is a better alternative.
>> Andrei ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "ilya" <> To:
>>> Sent: Tuesday, 21 April, 2015 7:30:34
>>> PM Subject: Re: Next ACS release?
>>> Andrei,
>>> To best of my knowledge, both 4.4.x and 4.5.x are being worked
>>> on actively. As a community, we need to get better on QA of
>>> each release - this is something we are planning to cover this
>>> year with distributed QA model, this was not widely discussed
>>> yet but something we need to tackle.
>>> 4.5 rc2 got stalled and we need to restart. We had a 4 month
>>> release cycle, but we can really stick to it hard - as its
>>> community driven. May will have to revise it down to 6 months
>>> or so.
>>> Regards ilya
>>> On 4/21/15 1:26 AM, Andrei Mikhailovsky wrote:
>>>> Hello guys,
>>>> Looking at the dev and user lists it is becoming less certain
>>>> if version 4.5.x is ever coming out. It seems like a few
>>>> months have passed since the not so fortunate release of
>>>> 4.5.0 and I can't find a release schedule for the 4.5.1,
>>>> which seems to have stopped at rc2 stage and haven't
>>>> progressed further to a release stage.
>>>> Are we likely to see any progress with the 4.5.x branch or is
>>>> the community switching towards the 4.6.x branch without
>>>> releasing the 4.5.x?
>>>> I am a bit unclear as there are no release dates, schedules
>>>> or dead lines that the community should work with. Possibly
>>>> as a result of this, the ACS releases are not being released
>>>> on time or fast enough.
>>>> Does it make sense to introduce release schedules for ACS
>>>> that the dev community should stick to? Similar to what is
>>>> being done in many other projects, like Ubuntu, etc. Or would
>>>> this break the ACS project releases even more?
>>>> Andrei
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