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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [RELEASE] 3.5, 4.0, fixpack, milestone build...
Date Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:56:26 GMT
On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM, Shenfeng Liu <> wrote:
> Hi, all,
>   After 3.4.1, we are focusing on preparation of the community graduation.
> But I still want to remind us to take some time to think about our future
> releases.
>   We have the discussion early about what 3.5 and 4.0 should look like. If
> I remember correctly:
> (1) 3.5 should be more about fidelity, reliability, performance and
> translation, new platform support...
> (2) While 4.0, in addition to the same focuses as 3.5, should also add
> significant UX enhancements (e.g. sidebar, modern UI) and new values (e.g.
> Accessibility, social integration capability, enhanced installer, new
> features...). If we make good progress on those items at the same time, we
> may consider to skip 3.5.
> (3) There are also more requirements (e.g. fixpack mechanism, simplifying
> the build structure, OOMXL export, smartArt...) we need  to put into our
> backlog and consider their priority.
>   Even we don't need to discuss the solid plan now, but there are already a
> lot of development activities on the trunk. So I think we need to keep
> certain track on it. Though it may be too early to set a target date for
> the next release, but it is important for us to tell more about what we
> think the next release should contain.
>   So I'm suggesting the following:
> 1. Keep updating the current release planning wiki:
>      -
>      -
>    I know it is a little confusing for 2 places to input. But think about
> the scope we agreed above. You can input to the wiki that you think your
> work belong to. I personally will monitor both wiki pages.
> 2. Figure out a better way to manage our release backlog. e.g. set Target
> Milestone to 3.5 or 4.0 in Bugzilla for what we recommended.
> 3. Deliver milestone builds to harvest our development fruits. A milestone
> build is:
>      (a) a development snapshot that contains the features/enhancements
> that implemented till now;
>      (b) passed regression test to ensure no severe defects;
>      (c) announced on a development wiki;
>      (d) with documents on the wiki for the list of features and bug fixes
> in this milestone build (like a release notes).
>    Since whatever 3.5 or 4.0 sounds to me like some thing in next year or
> at least close to the end of this year, milestone builds can be light weigh
> on process to show our development progress, and give people a more clear
> view on how far are we to the next release.
>   Looking forward every one's comments!

Maybe also start a "release notes" page on the wiki.  Whenever a new
feature or important bug fix is added to the trunk also add something
to the release notes.   If something can be show with a "before and
after" screen shot, include that.  This might be easier than waiting
until the end to prepare the release notes.


> - Simon

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