[Dev] Last call: Alpha releases [Was: Phases and 0.7 milestone
Katie Capps Parlante
capps at osafoundation.org
Fri Feb 17 17:02:09 PST 2006
We'd like to move ahead with the idea of ~2 month "alpha releases".
Speak up before Wednesday if you object to the general idea.
Katie Capps Parlante wrote:
> Sheila and Mimi put together proposals that identify "phases" for each
> 0.7 tenet. Each phase is a somewhat coherent set of features that are
> testable, and that an end user could experiment with.
> They've also identified priorities for calendar improvements, a proposal
> for which work gets done first:
> Heikki, Lisa, Alec and others have been arguing strongly for shorter
> releases, and I think there is general agreement that we'd like to have
> something stable that a user could play with before we finish the whole
> scope of 0.7 work we have in front of us.
> Putting this together, I'd like to propose that we have longer, more
> stable milestones during the 0.7 timeframe, and that we think about each
> milestone as a mini-release (alpha release, if you will). Strawman
> + Milestones are ~2 months apart, and feature driven.
> + Each phase proposed by Sheila and Mimi falls into a milestone. (We
> could make adjustments once we scope out the work -- one phase could
> take two milestones if it had to or we could do two phases in one
> milestone if they fit).
> + We spend more time testing and stabilizing each milestone.
> + We provide a path to migrate data from milestone to milestone.
> + The expectation is that dogfood users could download the milestone and
> use it.
> + We could use the term "alpha" instead of "milestone" (a nod to
> previous discussions about milestone release numbering).
> We still need to do more work on bottom up planning to put real dates on
> this and see if it works out, but if we have agreement on the general
> idea it will provide a structure for the bottom up planning.
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