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From Mark Thomas <ma...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Time for 9.0.0.RC1
Date Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:26:58 GMT
On 11/11/2015 20:31, Christopher Schultz wrote:
> Mark,
> 
> On 11/11/15 10:39 AM, Mark Thomas wrote:
>> All,
>>
>> I think we have reached the point where it makes sense to roll a
>> 9.0.0.RC1 release. To summarise:
>>
>> - Tomcat Native is available with ALPN, SNI and OpenSSL BIO
>> - HTTP/2 is implemented
>> - Servlet API is up to date with latest 4.0. draft (plus some tweaks
>>   of my own)
>> - No movement on WebSocket, EL or JSP.
>>
>> I need to fix all the unit test failures r1713869 appears to have
>> triggered but, assuming that is fairly quick, I plan on tagging
>> 9.0.0.RC1 some time tomorrow.
> 
> What's the wild-guess for when servlet 4.0 will be final? It seems odd
> to me to release 9.0.0 (I know this is an RC, but eventually...) that
> adheres to a spec when the spec itself isn't final.

First half of 2017 was the last date I saw.

> Because of the way we do version-numbering (9.0.0 - 9.0.x are all beta,
> then declared stable at some point), I think it can be confusing to
> users who download "Tomcat 9.0.x" that implements "Servlet 4.0" and find
> that the product is actually a beta for an incomplete spec.

The announcements, download page, which version etc. will all make it
clear that this a work in progress.

To make it clearer, I'll label the version M1 (milestone 1) rather than RC1.

> I definitely think that we need to have 9.0-branch releases *prior* to a
> final spec -- just to get something out there in the wild that people
> can use to test... I just want to make sure that users understand that
> the version numbers mean. An "RC" can reasonably be considered
> alpha/beta/whatever but there has been a lot of confusion in early e.g.
> 8.0.x where folks had problems didn't realize it wasn't considered
> stable, yet.

Hopefully the milestone label will help with that.

Mark


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