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From Rick Hillegas <rick.hille...@oracle.com>
Subject Re: 10.9 release
Date Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:00:07 GMT
Hi Kathey,

Thanks for the quick response. Some comments inline...

On 4/11/12 9:29 AM, Katherine Marsden wrote:
> On 4/11/2012 9:16 AM, Rick Hillegas wrote:
>> I am volunteering to manage a 10.9.1 feature release. Please let me 
>> know if you are comfortable with the plan posted here: 
>> http://wiki.apache.org/db-derby/DerbyTenNineOneRelease The plan calls 
>> for a first release candidate on May 21 and GA on June 20.
> Since the number of upgrade/downgrade  trajectories and  mixed client 
> server versions increases dramatically with each new version, along 
> with more builds and tests with multiple jdk  versions and platforms 
> to track. I would think maybe a bug fix drive followed by a 10.8.3 
> release and then a 10.9 late in the year with more than the short list 
> of features we have on the 10.9 list would be good.
Can you give us more detail about what makes this testing burden 
increase dramatically with each new release? At first blush, it seems to 
me that the burden should increase linearly and therefore the expense 
should be hidden by the more than linear increase in machine power over 
time. Maybe there is some tooling we could build or simplification we 
could investigate which would reduce this increase to a linear problem.
> Are there pressing needs that necessitate a 10.9 vs a 10.8.3 right away?
I would like to get NATIVE authentication into users' hands. I'd also 
like to see the remaining bits of JDBC 4.1 go GA.
> I believe  release early, release often is good, but because of the 
> explosive nature of maintenance with each new major release, I think 
> it might be good to do one more 10.8 release before 10.9.
Another 10.8 release sounds like a good idea for people who want 
targetted bug fixes on a stable codebase. I have no objection to someone 
else producing a 10.8.3 release.

> Just my opinion.
> Kathey

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