[Dev] Proposal for 0.7 "mini-release" non-code deliverables
alecf at osafoundation.org
Tue Feb 21 10:19:10 PST 2006
Sheila Mooney wrote:
> + We would NOT create a new landing page for each milestone, we would
> use the existing 0.6 landing page.
> + We would not update the release number or download link on the
> existing 0.6 landing page. It's still possible we will have further
> patches to 0.6 and this would just get confusing.
As we are still a pre-1.0 product, I think the point of these mini
releases (from both an internal and external perspective) is that this
(the mini release) is what we want users playing with. Encouraging
people to download and give us feedback on 0.6 is really going to be
fairly unhelpful. Personally, I think whenever 0.7 alpha 1 or whatever
it is called goes out the door, we stop trying to deal with 0.6.
I may be wrong here, but I think part of the "release more often" tenet
includes "obsolete old releases faster" - it was positively
embarrassing, especially during the last few weeks of the 0.6 release,
to send friends/collegues/etc to the download site for chandler only to
have them download the woefully outdated, 6-month old 0.5.
Obviously when we're past 1.0, this situation changes dramatically. At
that point we should start keeping links to the latest "stable"
releases, indicating that newer builds are merely experimental, etc..
But we're not there yet. All of our builds are experimental. Some are
just less experimental than others. :)
> + The existing readme for 0.6 would NOT be replaced or modified.
> Instead we would have a new simple html page listing the new features
> and known critical bugs, very similar to the milestone report cards
> used in 0.6.
> + The feature list would be brief and not detailed step-by-step
> instructions on how to use any of the new features.
> + A news section (or link) would be added to the current landing page
> with a brief "mini-release" announcement, download links and a link to
> the readme style html page.
> + This news section could be simply a new button on the left nav.
> + We would not have demos, screen shots etc.
> + Announcements would be sent to the list and put in the blog.
> + We would not expect any supporting developer documentation.
+1 to all of this, except maybe a global search 'n replace of "0.6" with
"0.7 alpha 1" - keeping in line with my feelings about obsoleting 0.6 as
soon as possible...
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