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From Peter Schuller <peter.schul...@infidyne.com>
Subject Re: Maintenance releases
Date Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:07:44 GMT
> I'm willing to concede that I may have an abnormally conservative
> opinion about this.  But I wanted to voice my concern in hopes we can
> improve the quality and delivery of our maintenance releases.

(speaking now from the perspective of a consumer, disregarding the
implications on development)

I don't think you're being conservative. In particular in light of the
recent 1.0 discussion and whether or not to signal that Cassandra is
"ready" and no longer needing committers on staff etc; having solid
releases is probably an important part of instilling confidence in the
project and decreasing the risk associated with adopting a new
release. For example, from the point of view of the user, I think that
things like CASSANDRA-1992 should preferably result in an almost
immediate bugfix-only release with instructions and impact information
for users.

Being only a very minor contributor I don't have a full grasp of the
implications on the agility of development that a change would have,
but certainly I think that if a goal is to have users feel more
confident (and in fact be safer) in using a Cassandre release without
careful monitoring of the mailing lists and JIRA, adjusting the
release engineering a bit seems like a high-priority change towards
that goal.

-- 
/ Peter Schuller

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