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Re: [Qemu-devel] release date of qemu 0.9.2?

From: Andreas Färber
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] release date of qemu 0.9.2?
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 16:58:30 +0100

Am 21.10.2008 um 16:51 schrieb Anthony Liguori:

Thiemo Seufer wrote:
Anthony Liguori wrote:

C.W. Betts wrote:

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When will qemu be given the status of 0.9.2? I was browsing the source code of the Qemu that ships with OpenSuSE and noticed that there are a lot of patches. It would probably be helpful if there was a release that didn't depend on GCC 4.

Also, what targets still depend on dyngen? And is anyone working on porting them to TCG?

A lot of previously supported hosts are no longer supported with TCG. I would think adding those hosts would be more important than completing the TCG conversion before cutting a new release.

I disagree. The most important hosts are supported, the other hosts
were largely experimental anyway, and getting rid of dyngen / gcc3
is IMHO worth a release.

Personally, I'd like to see much more frequent releases (every 3-6 months). I'm okay with not having complete features (like the dyngen->TCG conversion) or host regressions because I think there's value in having releases regularly compared to feature based releases.

What do other people think? I'd be willing to do the leg work of releases.

Personally I'd appreciate a decision process involving the community, e.g. a last call for patches period before doing the release.

Something to consider is that distros would probably prefer maintained releases over frequent releases. Now that we've switched to SVN, it would be possible to branch for a release (not just tag it) and to apply security/build fixes to the branch so that distros/users can pull from here rather than from an external location like Launchpad. In that case, branching more often could mean more legwork maintaining branches.



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