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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@gbiv.com>
Subject Re: Community Process for 0.20.205 Sustaining Release
Date Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:25:48 GMT
On Aug 23, 2011, at 5:17 PM, Matt Foley wrote:

> Dear all,
> 0.20.204.0 will hopefully finish the release process soon, and it is time to start talking
about 205.  As Owen mentioned, 
> I would like to volunteer as the Release Manager for 0.20.2xx, if that is acceptable
to the community.  I would also like 
> to suggest some process changes.
> 
> By continuing to provide sustaining releases of 0.20-security, the community helps production
users until later versions (v22 
> and v23) reach stability.  At the same time, we certainly do not wish 0.20-security to
be viewed as a "trunk"; it is important 
> that all patches go in trunk first, and only patches of manageable risk and high value
to production users, should go into 
> the sustaining releases.
> 
> The goal of the following is to assure adequate community participation in the release
process, rather than just a bunch of 
> Jiras followed by last-minute debate in a Vote thread :-) 

Note that the mechanism for encouraging community participation is
very much in the hands of the RM.  So, just do it.  For example,
the file you provided is much like the original STATUS file
that I added to httpd development a long time ago, though I
strongly suggest you commit it to subversion instead of expecting
people to track it in email.  For that matter, I thought Jira has
the ability to track multiple releases already -- why not use the
tracking system directly?

I do feel a need to remind folks: releases are NOT a consensus
decision, but the specific changes allowed within a given release
can be vetoed with a valid technical reason that may be specific
to that release branch (e.g., compatibility concerns are almost
always scoped by version branch).  You should be asking folks to
make any negative opinions known as well, since that is critical
to pruning the tree down to the set of patches that can actually
be placed in front of the group to vote on as a release candidate.

....Roy
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