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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [RELEASE] Next Release - 3.4.2? 3.5? 4.0?
Date Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:28:59 GMT
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM, Wolf Halton <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM, Regina Henschel <>wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Shenfeng Liu schrieb:
>>  Hi, all,
>>>    Since we are stepping forward to the 3.4.1 release smoothly, I think
>>> maybe it is time for us to look ahead for our next release now.
>>>    I remember we had a discussion previously on how to run AOO's future
>>> releases, time boxed vs content boxed, 3.4.1 vs 3.5 vs 4.0... I think we
>>> should resume this discussion.
>>>    IMHO, timely release will give AOO a very good promotion to marketing.
>>> Certainly we can decide the size of the release. We released 3.4 at May 8,
>>> and then will release 3.4.1 after about 3 months. It looks like a very
>>> good
>>> rhythm. Maybe we can consider a 3.4.2 in 4Q, 3.5 in 1Q next year...
>>>    Another way to consider is the release contents. Checking the feature
>>> requirement list and defect backlog, see what we can make after 3 months
>>> or
>>> 6 months. Or if there is any thing must be in the next release no matter
>>> how long it will take (e.g. security fix). We partially did this practice
>>> before by collecting the 4.0 requirements in wiki:
>>> AOO+4.0+Feature+Planning<>
>>> .
>>> And I remember there was a common interesting at that time that we
>>> should
>>> do an immediate release for critical defect fixes (which is 3.4.1 that we
>>> are doing now), and then a mid-term release which majorly target to
>>> fidelity improvements (3.5), and a long term release with Symphony values
>>> on UX and social integrations (4.0)...
>>>    I'm not sure how to do a release proposal. Is that we should create a
>>> project wiki and discuss the release goals, contents, outlook GA date? And
>>> if we agree on this release, we move on. If we do not agree, we abandon
>>> it?
>>>    I'm asking because I want to propose that:
>>> (1) We should begin to check if any critical defects in our backlog that
>>> require us for a 3.4.2.
>>> (2) We should begin to discuss a bigger release like 3.5 on the release
>>> goals, and proposed contents, and the release number...
>>>    Just my 2 cents... Any suggestion/comments?
>> I thought it might be useful to look in the history and have extracted
>> some dates from**openoffice/archive/stable/<>
>> OOo 1.0.2          2003-03-14
>> OOo 1.0.3          2003-04-18
>> OOo 1.1.0          2003-10-14
>> OOo 1.1.4secpatch  2005-04-12
>> OOo 1.1.5          2005-09-04
>> OOo 1.1.5secpatch  2006-07-04
>> OOo 1.1.5secpatch2 2006-12-22
>> OOo 2.1.0          2006-12-14
>> OOo 2.2.0          2007-03-22
>> OOo 2.2.1          2007-06-04
>> OOo 2.3.0          2007-07-14
>> OOo 2.3.1          2007-11-15
>> OOo 2.4.0          2008-03-16
>> OOo 2.4.1          2008-05-30
>> OOo 2.4.2          2008-10-27
>> OOo 2.4.3          2009-08-24
>> OOo 3.0.0          2008-10-06
>> OOo 3.0.1          2009-01-26
>> OOo 3.1.0          2009-05-04
>> OOo 3.1.1          2009-08-20
>> OOo 3.2.0          2010-02-03
>> OOo 3.2.1          2010-05-26
>> OOo 3.3.0          2011-01-18
>> OOo 3.4beta        2011-04-07
>> We had the first <micro>-release after around 3 month. The next ones when
>> needed, with support of the last <minor>-release up to 1 year 3 month.
>> We had <minor>-releases all 9 month (around) and <major>-release 3 years
>> months from OOo1 to OOo2 and 1 year 10 months form OOo2 to OOo3.
>> We have to consider, that the development is no longer enterprise driven
>> and that there are less translators as before.
>> Kind regards
>> Regina
> As an enterprise-software user, I am happy not to have major releases come
> too fast.  The software I mostly consume, however is operating systems and
> web apps.  My opinion here may be of less value than those of people who
> support the end-users of office suites.
> LTS versions that are upgradeable without having to resort to installing
> the intervening versions seem valid and useful to me, and I would like the
> major versions to keep a three to five year interval. Exact interval is not
> all that important to me, I am a Debian Admin, after all.  The longer the
> interval and EOL, the happier the support technicians, IMO.  Microsoft
> Windows XP was production stable for 11 years and will not go out of
> support for several more years, which allowed for a very stable platform
> for development.

+1.  This is a common enterprise requirement.

One perspective on this is here:

But we should go back to what is actually valuable about 'release
early, release often'.  It is not about the formality of an
Apache-style release.  The real importance is:

1) Developers not hoarding code until the last minute.  Integrating
code earlier is better for stability

2) Allowing QA team to test earlier

3) Allow the community to see new features earlier, and offer feedback earlier

4) The increase in energy and enthusiasm that comes when we show
regular progress to ourselves and the world

If there are lightweight ways of accomplishing this, then we should
prefer those over a full Apache release.   For example, dev snapshots,
perhaps more regularly build with desktop integration, would enable
all of this.  Having them built directly from the Buildbot would be
idea,  Then we would just need to develop a convention, like 'dev
snapshots builds will always be those made on Sunday at 1200 UTC.
Avoid risky check-ins close to that build".

As for Micro-releases, and minor releases, imagine it is a year from
now and we have made the following release:


Now a critical bug comes up, perhaps a report of a security
vulnerability.  Where do we fix it?

1) If we only fix it in 3.6.1 then we will be forcing everyone to
upgrade to a new feature level, with new bugs, incompatibility,
conversion issues, etc.

2) If we fix everywhere (3.4.3, 3.5.2 and 3.6.1) then this is very
labor intensive for us.  And what do we do after two years?  This
quickly explodes.

3) However, if we set expectations that only certainly release are
LTS, then we only need to patch the current release and the LTS
release.  For example if 3.4.0 was declared LTS, then we would release
a 3.4.3 and a 3.6.1.  And even if two years had passed, and we had
3.7, 3.8, we would still only worry about the current build and the
LTS build(s).

That's why I think it is important to set expectation on this now, so
users know which track to get on, which upgrades to make, etc.


> Individual users like features and "improvements" in UX.  They are the ones
> who are upgrading whenever a point upgrade.  I am one of these for my
> personal choice of office suite.  I like auto-suggestions from my software
> telling me there is an update of any kind, and I usually install all
> releases if they are auto-suggested.  The Firefox release schedule is only
> annoying because their plugin developers cannot keep up.
> As another idea for a policy for release designation:
> Bug-fix updates are point updates where the changing number is the third
> section:: 3.4.0 to 3.4.1 to 3.4.2 etc.
> Feature upgrades are minor updates and the second digit increments.
> Wherever we are in the bugfix and security release numbering 3.4.17 would
> next go to 3.5.0 and the next security and bugfix update would be 3.5.1.
> Major refactorings (or perhaps the LTS release) would increment the first
> digit.  Wherever we are in the feature and bugfix updates we would jump
> from, say, 3.5.4 to 4.0.0.
>   Cheers,
>               Wolf
> --
> This Apt Has Super Cow Powers -
> Open-Source Software in Libraries -
> Advancing Libraries Together -
> Apache Open Office Developer

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