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Re: [Axiom-developer] stable release schedule

From: C Y
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] stable release schedule
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 11:38:28 -0800 (PST)

--- root <address@hidden> wrote:

> My suggestion is that we bring axiom--main--1 up to a tested
> release version as of the 1st of every month. That way the Savannah
> version is at most a month behind the latest merged version in main.
> Plus this will give developers a target to shoot for when developing
> features and an idea of when the merged versions will emerge.
> Comments?

I like the idea (not that I'm qualified to have an opinion) but I would
suggest that the release period be three months rather than one.  In
the case of Maxima at least, it always seems that whenever we get ready
for a release, we spend lots of time squashing problems that crop up on
machines with slightly different configurations (Windows is especially
bad - we have had a case or two of the Zombie Bug, where it keeps
coming back when we kill it.)

My rational works like this:  since preparing a quasi-stable release
involves many things, including testing underlying lisps, new
underlying system software, fixing whatever won't work with newer
versions of both, rince and repeat a couple times, etc. I would say you
might want a period longer than 1 month to work on features and core
improvements without worrying about practical stuff.  Perhaps it won't
be as bad as I think, but I worry a little that a month might be just
enough time for all the little dumb things to get fixed, only to have
to start all over again as the underlying software gets updated and
more little dumb things pop up.

Anyway, just a thought.  If the savannah version is not always expected
to build and run smoothly, then it might not be as bad.


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