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From Allen Wittenauer <awittena...@linkedin.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSSION] Release process
Date Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:38:06 GMT
On 3/15/10 9:06 AM, "Owen O'Malley" <oom@yahoo-inc.com> wrote:
>  From our 21 experience, it looks like our old release strategy is
> failing.

    Maybe this is a dumb question but... Are we sure it isn't the community
failing?

    From where I stand, the major committers (PMC?) have essentially forked
Hadoop into three competing source trees.  No one appears to be dedicated to
helping the community release because the focus is on their own tree.  Worse
yet, two of these trees are publicly available with both sides pushing their
own tree as vastly superior (against each other and against the official
Apache branded one).

    What are the next steps in getting this resolved?  Is
Hadoop-as-we-know-it essentially dead?  What is going to prevent the fiasco
that is 0.21 from impacting 0.22?

    For me personally, I'm more amused than upset that 0.21 hasn't been
released.  But I'm less happy that there appears to be a focus on feature
additions rather than getting some of the 0.21 blockers settled (I'm
assuming here that most of the 0.21 blockers apply to 0.22 as well).

    I don't think retroactively declaring 0.20 as 1.0 is going to make the
situation any better.  [In fact, I believe it will make it worse, since it
gives an external impression that 0.20 is somehow stable at all levels.  We
all know this isn't true.] 


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