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From Patrick Hunt <ph...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Question about 3.5.0 stability and versioning
Date Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:44:35 GMT
Hi Sam. See this thread. http://markmail.org/message/ymxliy2rrwjc2pmo

3.5.0 is an alpha release. 3.5.1 will also be an alpha release. Likely
there will be a number more, as part of alphas we allow backward
incompatible changes, etc... Once we reach beta we'll lock down the
apis and such (again, see the above thread for more detail).

Note: there seems to be some automation on github that marks things as
"releases". afaik we are not doing that ourselves - those are mirrors
of our internal svn repository.


On Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 5:01 AM, Sam Weisberg
<samweisberg@openmailbox.org> wrote:
> Flavio,
> thanks for your reply.
> If I understand you correctly, you are saying that the 3.5.0 release in
> itself can be considered stable in terms of software quality, but the
> feature set may change during the 3.5 maintenance cycle? If so, is it likely
> that 3.5 releases will introduce incompatible changes in terms of ensemble
> and client-server combination?
> Also, would you say that that 3.5.0 and it's new features can be used in
> production?
> Cheers,
> Sam
> On 2015-03-21 12:29, Flavio Junqueira wrote:
>> Hi Sam,
>> The label "alpha" refers to an alpha release of the 3.5 branch, not an
>> alpha version of 3.5.0. We typically only have bug fixes for the minor
>> releases of a branch, and for 3.5, we have used alpha to say that the
>> release is indeed unstable and that major changes could come with
>> later releases of the branch.
>> I suppose we could have done 3.5.0-alpha, 3.5.0-beta, 3.5.0 or some
>> similar sequence, but that isn't the current thinking afaict.
>> -Flavio
>>> On 21 Mar 2015, at 09:08, Sam Weisberg <samweisberg@openmailbox.org>
>>> wrote:
>>> Hi list,
>>> I am a little confused about the versioning of the 3.5 release branch.
>>> When looking at the homepage, it sais the 3.5 release "is alpha quality"
>>> and it is suffixed with a -alpha tag.
>>> When I first looked at the github releases[1] however, it seams to
>>> indicate that there has already been a 3.5 release candidate and a 3.5
>>> release.
>>> In addition, the devs seem to be gearing up for a 3.5.1 release[2], which
>>> would be curious if there was not even a stable 3.5.0 release.
>>> There is also no longer an active milestone for 3.5.0 in Jira.
>>> Considering all that, I have a bit of trouble understanding the
>>> implications of the -alpha suffix of the 3.5.0 release.
>>> Can the 3.5.0 release be considered stable and is just not widely used?
>>> I would appreciate it if someone could clarify this for me a bit.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Sam
>>> [1] https://github.com/apache/zookeeper/releases
>>> [2]
>>> https://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/zookeeper-dev/201502.mbox/%3CCANLc_9JktxbnYuyW2EbvFEcRoaZWMsPf38YdoM=5JLWLUsZDNA@mail.gmail.com%3E

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